Born in Portland in 1917, renowned composer Lou Harrison defied convention, embracing non-Western music, advocating gay rights and environmentalism and pursuing melodic beauty along with musical innovation throughout his colorful career. Join the Portland State School of Music, Venerable Showers of Beauty gamelan ensemble, Portland Percussion Group and guest musicians for concerts and talks celebrating the centennial of Oregon’s greatest composer, plus new works by seven Cascadia members inspired by Harrison’s pioneering legacy. Two of these, Susan Alexjander’s Three Little Multiverses (For Lou) and Lisa Ann Marsh’s Changing Winds, were written specially for the festival. Presented in partnership with Cascadia Composers.
CONCERTS: June 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln Recital Hall $20 General | $15 Seniors | All Students Free | Weekend pass: $30
Friday: Percussion and Chamber Music | Complete Friday program (Cascadia composers highlighted)
Saturday: Indonesian Gamelan, Solo, and Chamber Music | Complete Saturday program (Cascadia composers highlighted)
SYMPOSIUM: Saturday, June 17 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Studio Theater, Lincoln Hall Free!
Join Harrison scholars and fans for talks about the composer’s life and music, an afternoon concert and a screening of the documentary film “Lou Harrison: A World of Music.” Details: pdx.edu/music/event/