May 4-9: Discover BRAVO!

A weeklong festival of activities highlighting Oregon’s first El Sistema-inspired program.  Whether you like films, lectures, concerts, or behind the scenes visits – we’ve got an event for you! Even a chance to conduct our orchestra. If you’ve already heard our young musicians, this is a great chance to get to know BRAVO better and introduce us to your friends and family.


Here’s a summary of the week:

filmMonday, 5/4, 7pm
“Crescendo: The Power of Music”.

Award-winning documentary by Jamie Bernstein about El Sistema-inspired programs in the US. NW Film Center screening at Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum.  Buy tickets here.

conduct us!Tues-Wed, 5/5-5/6, 2:30-4:30pm
“Conduct Us!”

Visit and observe our program in session at Rosa Parks School. 8960 N Woolsey Ave. One lucky visitor will have a chance to conduct our orchestra (lesson included). Pre-register – space is limited! Call 503.686.3124

seminarThursday, 5/7, 12pm
PSU Seminar with Dr. Adele Diamond

“Child development, executive functioning and the role of the arts and physical activity among marginalized youths”. Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Room 296.  Free event, but registration required.  Reserve your seat here.

City Club forumFriday, 5/8, 12pm
Portland City Club Friday Forum, “Music Matters: The Orchestra as a Tool for Social Change.

Stanford Thompson (President of El Sistema USA), Maestro Juan Felipe Molano (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), and Dr. Adele Diamond. Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave.  Doors open at 11:30, Program at 12:15.  Tickets and info here. 

community concertSaturday, 5/9, 4pm
BRAVO and YAMA (sister program in Yakima) Community Concert conducted by Maestro Juan Felipe Molano.

George Middle School Auditorium, 10000 N Burr Ave. 100 students in El Sistema programs in Portland and Yakima join forces for the first time. Program includes choral and orchestral selections by Beethoven, Mozart, and others. Free and open to the public.2015 Discover BRAVO 11 x 17

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