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Metropolitan Youth Symphony Presents “In Characters of Fire: Music’s Relevance”

March 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

$11 – $43

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony presents “In Characters of Fire: Music’s Relevance” at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland.

Written in 1931, William Grant Still’s “Symphony No. 1, Afro-American” is still relevant as we continue to grapple with issues of racism in America. “Smoulder,” by Oregon’s Andrea Reinkemeyer, is a reminder of the devastating effects of the wild fires that continue to cause great destruction across the Western United States, exacerbated by climate change.”

“Symphony No.1, Afro-American” is  the first symphony by a Black composer to be performed by a major orchestra. This piece boldly combines the conventions of jazz and bluesy spirituals with classical form.

“Smoulder” is a reverent nod to the devastation of forest fires and other ominous signs of climate change, garnered numerous awards as a wind ensemble piece. It has been arranged for orchestra by the composer specifically for Metropolitan Youth Symphony.

The world premiere of “Rhythms in Motion,” a work by composer Rohan Srinivasan, is a percussive piece exploring movement through music. Srinivasan is a 2021 Sunset High School graduate and current Julliard student.

The evening will also include performances by Interlude Orchestra and Sinfonietta Orchestra. Tickets are $11-$43, available online or by calling 503-239-4566.


March 6
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$11 – $43
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Newmark Theatre
1111 S.W. Broadway
Portland, OR United States
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