Beaverton Symphony Orchestra presents A Symphony of Cultures: celebrating diversity through music

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BEAVERTON, Oregon, August 31, 2017 — The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra (BSO)in partnership with the City of Beaverton and Village Church, will present A Symphony of Cultures on September 17, 2017. This concert is free and open to all.

A Symphony of Cultures was inspired by a “solidarity” concert conducted last year in Berlin by three professional symphony orchestras who united to welcome refugees to Germany from Syria and other war-torn regions of the world. Moved by news of that concert in Germany, the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra was motivated to create a similar event.

“BSO is happy to make this culturally-inclusive concert an annual tradition. This fits squarely with our mission to reach the broadest possible audience, this time with music and dance from home,” says BSO Executive Director, Mayne Mihacsi.

The City of Beaverton has embraced A Symphony of Cultures as a Welcoming Week event, a national initiative to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality for all. Beaverton became a Welcoming City in April 2015.

A Symphony of Cultures is an opportunity for musicians to celebrate diversity the best way they know how—through music. Performing with members of the BSO will be musicians representing musical traditions from around the globe.

The Mubeneshayi Group is a Congolese rhumba band from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They started performing in the United States three years ago after fleeing war in the Congo. The band members had lost everything—house, job, friends, family, territory—everything except their culture, which they keep alive by sharing their Congolese food and music.

“For us is a blessing to be in the U.S., our second home,” says the band’s founder, Gueny Mukengeshayi. “We are happy to share our traditional and modern Congolese rumba music.”

HSD Mariachi Una Voz is comprised of students from nine different middle and high schools in the Hillsboro School District. According to band leader, Daniel Bosshardt, Mariachi Una Voz formed in 2010 to give students a culturally responsive opportunity to explore Mexican culture through music. Mariachi Una Voz seeks to inspire and promote music education, cultural understanding, and community unity. In that spirit of unity, BSO musicians will join Mariachi Una Voz on stage to perform two favorites, La Bamba and De Colores.

The Northwest Chinese Alliance formed in 2011 to broaden public awareness and understanding of Chinese arts and culture. Their performance team of 36 dancers has delighted audiences in the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade since 2011 and hold many colorful performances in Portland’s Chinatown. They will present the graceful and lovely dance “Raindrops Pattering on Banana Leaves,” and “Lotuses in June,” a beautiful silk fan dance based on a folk dance originating from Northern China more than 300 years ago.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
3:00 pm
Village Church Grand Auditorium
330 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton OR 97005

TICKETS ARE FREE

The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1984, is an enthusiastic and talented association of local musicians. The Symphony is committed to enriching the performing arts culture of Washington County and making classical music accessible to the broadest possible audience. The BSO performs six weekends seasonally in the heart of Beaverton, Oregon, for audiences with all levels of interest in classical music. For more information, please visit www.beavertonsymphony.org or call 1-855-HEARBSO.