BEAVERTON, Oregon, August 30, 2016 — The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Village Baptist Church, will present a Symphony of Cultures on September 25th, 2016. This will be a free public concert.
The Symphony of Cultures concert was inspired by a “solidarity” concert conducted 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.
The City of Beaverton will include the Symphony of Cultures concert as an official event of the city’s 2016 Welcoming Week, 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.
Performing with a Beaverton Symphony string ensemble will be musicians representing musical traditions from around the globe. From Japan, Eri Muroi will perform on a Koto, a thirteen-string plucked zither of paulownia wood with a moveable bridge under each string. Eri will perform music composed for Koto dating from 1614 to the present.
Ronny Hermiz is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter who grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, listening to his uncle play traditional Iraqi songs on the Oud. His first single and music video “Ghyabek Taal,” sung in Arabic with guitar accompaniment, was widely played throughout the Middle East. Ronny is currently working on new compositions that are infused with flamenco guitar, Mediterranean vocals and Brazilian and Cuban rhythms and harmonies.
Gerardo Calderon performs with the touring folk music ensemble, Grupo Condor. Their concerts and school programs focus on the blend of Spanish, African, and Native American influences that comprise the traditional music of all Spanish-speaking America.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Village Baptist Church, Grand Auditorium
330 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton OR
TICKETS ARE FREE
The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1984, is a community-based orchestra comprising 80 members. The Symphony is committed to enriching the performing arts culture of the greater Beaverton area and making classical music accessible to the broadest possible audience. The Symphony presents six concerts each season. For more information, please visit www.beavertonsymphony.org.