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May 16, 7pm: Music Matters – a lecture at Cedar Sinai Park by BRAVO ED Seth Truby

  Cedar Sinai Park is committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities for its elder residents and the greater community. The CSP Lecture Series features topics ranging from modern technology to music, brain fitness, aging well and more. An upcoming featured speaker is BRAVO Executive Director and co-founder Seth Truby. Please join us for an engaging presentation… Continue Reading

May 11, 6pm: Spring Concert for Brahms, Marsalis and Mozart ensembles

The three younger BRAVO ensembles perform together for the first time at our year-end spring concert.  Please join us for a fabulous showcase of what our students at Cesar Chavez and Rosa Parks have accomplished this year. Marsalis first-year winds, Mozart first-year strings, and the Brahms intermediate string orchestra will all perform. Program includes a… Continue Reading

May 5, 6pm: BRAVO prelude at “The Talent Within” – Z-Man Foundation

  Each year, the Portland Police Bureau sponsors “The Talent Within”, a talent show and scholarship competition named after Officer Mark Zylawy (“Z-Man”).  This year, the D’Rivera Winds of BRAVO Cesar Chavez open up for the show, including a joint performance with Sgt. Jim Quackenbush, the piano-playing policeman.  Please join us for this fundraiser for… Continue Reading

Apr 25, 7:30pm: BRAVO prelude at Classical Up Close

For the third year, Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Sarah Kwak and her fellow musicians have invited BRAVO students to join them in a side-by-side prelude performance at their festival of community music called Classical Up Close.  Symphony musicians present free chamber music concerts all over the metro area exploring many musical styles and a range of ensemble combinations. See the… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Jasper

  Jasper is in his first year of BRAVO, playing clarinet at Cesar Chavez School. He is 8 years old and in 3rd grade. He is very happy to be learning how to read music and to play an instrument. His mom used to play the accordion and his great grandpa played violin. He is… Continue Reading

Apr 3, 7:30pm: Black Violin + BRAVO at the Schnitz

Black Violin is shaking up stereotypes wherever they go.  And they go a lot of places!  Kevin Sylvester (violin) and Wil Baptiste (viola) played at the Presidential Inauguration in 2013, toured to over 35 countries, and have been profiled on NPR. BRAVO’s performance onstage with them last year was for most of our students one… Continue Reading

Mar 14, 12 noon: Rotary Club BRAVO performance and presentation by ED Seth Truby

Rotary International is one of the largest service organizations in the world, and Portland Rotary is one of the earliest and strongest chapters. They host a regular series of lunch speakers focusing on topics of community service and cultural exchange. Their featured speaker at an upcoming luncheon is BRAVO co-founder and Executive Director Seth Truby. Come… Continue Reading

Mar 11, 2pm: Edna Vazquez with BRAVO in Hood River

Portland’s own fabulous Edna Vazquez brings her soulful vocals and energetic guitar playing to the Columbia Center for the Arts for a joint concert with the Vivaldi Strings from BRAVO George.  A featured concert in the CCA’s poTENtial Program Series, this afternoon event is sure to inspire. Saturday, March 11   2pm Columbia Center for… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Esmeralda

  Her hands move like dancers, seamlessly forming the hand symbols for DO RE MI, the singing language the Rosa Parks Elementary School BRAVO students learn for reading music. The language is called solfége, and Esmeralda started learning it as an eight year old in third grade, in BRAVO’s very first class. With the music… Continue Reading