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Free Family Friendly Fridays return to Inner Southeast music center

by: David F. Ashton Whistlin’ Rufus entertains at the CMC’s Family Friday Concert Series.

As the music group 'Whistlin' Rufus' - rooted in classical, Irish, folk, bluegrass, rock and roll, and jazz - took the stage, another season of Community Music Center's 'Family Friendly Friday Concerts' series was underway, on October 21.

'We're really excited about the new season,' exclaimed one of the volunteer coordinators, Veronica Dujon. 'For example, we're looking forward to a presentation of the Portland Opera Company's 'Opera to go' programs here in March.'

These programs, which take place in Portland Parks and Recreation's only music-specific facility, don't just happen by accident, assured volunteer Carolyn Landsverk.

'We start preparing for the season in the summer,' Landsverk said. 'It's a matter of selecting artists and groups, and then trying to make all of their schedules match.'

A benefit of now being in the fourth season, Dujon pointed out, is 'a number of groups enjoyed their experience here so much, they tell us - before we ask them - that they want to come back.'

'And now, we also have new groups call us,' Landsverk added, 'once they've heard about the programs and the audiences they'll attract. This is just so nice for families.'

Admission is free - however, for those who can afford it, a donation is suggested of $5 per person ($15 for a family of any size); tickets are available at the door only. (Come early, or you may not get a seat.)

Fresh popcorn, snacks and refreshments are sold at the door for a minimal price. Landsverk and Dujon also wanted us to know that all proceeds from these donations benefit scholarships and other programs at the Community Music Center, at 3350 S.E. Francis Street. Visit them online at: www.communitymusiccenter.org .

SCHEDULE:

January 20 - Classical Revolution PDX

February 10 - Portland Cello Project

March 2 - Portland Opera To Go

April 13 - Oregon Renaissance Band

May 11 - Ezra Weiss Quartet

Programs start at 7:15 pm and end at 8:30 pm.

Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis Street, Portland

Contact 503/823-3177, or visit: www.communitymusiccenter.org