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Lajos Balogh Performance Shell to be dedicated June 13

by: submitted photo, Lajos Balogh

Music will fill the Marylhurst University campus in mid-June to mark the dedication of the Lajos Balogh Performance Shell, a new outdoor performance venue.

The kick-off concert June 13 at 7 p.m. features Portland songwriter and pianist Michael Allen Harrison with Julianne Johnson, along with the dynamic Oregon-based quintet 3 Leg Torso. The concert is free and open to the public.

Longtime Marylhurst music faculty member and Marylhurst Symphony conductor Lajos Balogh donated the new performance shell to the university. Balogh, who spent 37 years as a violinist with the Oregon Symphony, founded the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, which now offers 500 musicians the opportunity to perform in 11 different orchestras, bands and ensembles, and the Portland Festival Symphony, which presents free classical music concerts in metro-area parks throughout the summer.

'Lajos Balogh has been a treasured member of our faculty and our larger Marylhurst community for 45 years and we are so grateful he has given us such a beautiful new performance space on our campus,' Judi Johansen, Marylhurst University president, said. 'He has spent an entire lifetime teaching and inspiring musicians young and old, and bringing the joy of music to our community. This new performance shell honors his lifelong commitment to the arts, and we are excited to share this new space with the community.'

Those attending the free concert on June 13 are encouraged to bring a blanket, beach or lawn chair and a picnic dinner. Food and beverages also will be available for purchase. For more information about the June 13 dedication concert, call the Marylhurst University events line at 503-534-4075 or visit marylhurst.edu/calendar. .