CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW Dec 15, 11:30am: BRAVO to Multnomah County Commissioners

CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW  In the fourth year of an annual tradition, Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack has invited students from BRAVO and Metropolitan Youth Symphony to perform at their final 2016 meeting. Featured this year will be a small ensemble from the Rosa Parks Brahms string orchestra. Thursday, Dec 15      11:30am performance… Continue Reading

Dec 10, 7pm: Prelude performance at Gospel Christmas

  BRAVO’s youngest string players, the Rosa Parks Mozarts, make their debut in the lobby of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with a Prelude Concert just prior to Gospel Christmas, with the Oregon Symphony. This December trip from North Portland to downtown has become an annual BRAVO tradition, and we’re so grateful to Monica Hayes… Continue Reading

Dec 10, 1:30pm: Prelude performance at A Christmas Carol

  Through our ongoing partnership with Portland Playhouse, BRAVO Cesar Chavez wind students will have the chance to play a prelude performance on the set of A Christmas Carol.  This production breathes new life into the classic tale of a heart opened, complete with ensemble singing and some spooky special effects. Saturday, Dec 10  … Continue Reading

POSTPONED due to SNOW: BRAVO Strings Winter Concert at University of Portland

  Originally scheduled for Dec 8, rescheduled for Dec 15, now postponed until January due to snow closures. BRAVO now serves 125 students in 5 ensembles in our intensive, daily after-school programs at 3 schools in North Portland.  That is too many ensembles to feature in a single Winter Concert, so for the first time this year,… Continue Reading

Dec 3, 11:45am: BRAVO Winds perform at the State Capitol in Salem

  The BRAVO Cesar Chavez D’Rivera Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem as part of the Holidays at the Capitol festival.  Please join our wind students for their first concert outside of Portland in the beautifully decorated rotunda featuring a magnificent local Oregon tree and an elaborate model… Continue Reading

Nov 16, 7:30pm: Hypnotic Brass + BRAVO

Don’t miss BRAVO playing with the group called “the world’s funkiest marching band” by the LA Times! The musicians of Hypnotic Brass, seven brothers from Chicago’s South Side, play music by their own rules, freely mixing the brass band tradition with hip-hop, soul and jazz. Join the party when they raise the roof at the Schnitz,… Continue Reading

Partner Profile: Sgt. Jim, the Piano-playing Policeman

Sgt. Jim Quackenbush has a number of prominent tattoos, which is probably unusual for a police officer.  Even more unusual is what those tattoos are: he proudly wears composer Frederic Chopin on one forearm and Ludwig van Beethoven on the other. A second generation public servant, Jim is also a highly trained classical pianist. He has performed… Continue Reading

Board profile: Bonnie Reagan

  Most of our BRAVO family knows Dr. Bonnie Reagan as the co-founder and board president of BRAVO Youth Orchestras.  You might not know that she was recognized as the Oregon Family Doctor of the Year in 2010.  You almost certainly don’t know that Bonnie is also the new board president of El Sistema USA, the… Continue Reading