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May 24, 7pm: BRAVO Community Orchestra spring concert at U of P

Join us when our intergenerational Community Orchestra presents a wide-ranging program: Rossini’s overture to The Barber of Seville (made famous by Bugs Bunny); Symphony #1 by Joseph Bologne, also known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges; Danny Elfman’s soundtrack to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; and the beloved Ashokan Farewell, the theme to Ken Burns’ documentary on the Civil War.

This is the BCO’s last concert of the year under the leadership of our new conductor, Maestro Giancarlo Castro D’Addona and our new BCO manager, Marian Gutierrez.  They are BRAVO’s first Teaching Artists from Venezuela, and bring decades of experience as performers and teachers at the highest level in their home country.

Friday, May 24     7pm

Buckley Auditorium, University of Portland

5000 N Willamette Blvd

Free and open to the public

Student Profile: Emory

  Emory is a 5th grader at Cesar Chavez School, now finishing her third year in BRAVO. She always wanted to play an instrument, especially the flute, which her aunt played. She wants to have music in her life, as she grew up with it in her home. Her favorite music is Chopin, Queen and… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Alessandro

Alessandro is a 5th grader at Sitton Elementary in his first year at BRAVO’s newest after-school program.  “I like being in BRAVO.  Both my mom and I are excited about it. I am not interested in playing sports. I tried violin, and I liked it but chose cello to try something different. I am also… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Lauren

Lauren is a 5th grader at Rosa Parks School, now in her fourth year as a BRAVO violinist.  She is from a very musical family and finds that her involvement with BRAVO has made her appreciate it much more. She has learned a a lot about different kinds of music, especially likes jazz and also… Continue Reading

Mar 15, 7pm: BRAVO Community Orchestra at U of P

Join us when our intergenerational Community Orchestra presents a program that spans centuries, featuring music by Bach, Elmer Bernstein, and the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. This is the BCO’s second concert under the leadership of our new conductor, Maestro Giancarlo Castro D’Addona and our new BCO manager, Marian Gutierrez.  They are BRAVO’s first Teaching Artists from… Continue Reading

BRAVO student profile: Joshua

  “I learned about BRAVO in first grade. No one can stop me; I’m gonna go.” So starts this conversation with 8 year old Joshua, a third grader at Cesar Chavez School. He is a flutist in his first year with BRAVO. He is from a musical family; one sister plays flute, another electric bass… Continue Reading

December 12, 6pm: BRAVO César Chávez Winter Concert

Join our incredible trio of ensembles from BRAVO César Chávez (Teresa Carreño, Marsalis, and D’Rivera) for an evening of music that will brighten your night! This year, we started a percussion program at Chavez, so our new percussionists (who are part of the Teresa Carreño ensemble) will be making their debut at this annual event!… Continue Reading

December 10, 7:30pm: BRAVO meets Fear No Music

Students in BRAVO’s Collective Composition elective at our afterschool program at Clarendon will share their musical explorations with Fear No Music at this concert featuring “emotional new works that examine issues such as gun violence, homophobia, migration, suicide and grief. The program includes works by David Del Tredici, Larry Bell, and the only performance ever of… Continue Reading

December 10: 2:45pm: BRAVO honors Dan Saltzman

BRAVO’s Teresa Carreño ensemble from César Chávez School will open this event honoring retiring Portland City Council Commissioner (and spearheader of the Portland Children’s Levy) Dan Saltzman.  This first-year wind and percussion ensemble (28 students this year!) will play a ~10-minute set as guests arrive, so don’t be late! 🙂 Monday, December 10 ~2:50-3:05 pm… Continue Reading

BRAVO student profile: Michael

  Michael is an 11 year old sixth grader at George Middle School.  This is his fifth year in the BRAVO After school program, and he loves his violin. He finds it entertaining. He also likes being pushed to work harder and learn more.  He particularly likes fast music, classical music and hip hop. Although… Continue Reading