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Unique puppet visuals accompany Portland Chamber Orchestras concert at Reed

by: David F. Ashton, Projected visual images, larger-than-life puppets (like this ghost), and classical music combine in a program called “Rhymes & Rhythms”.

Because the Portland Chamber Orchestra performs at Reed College, people who love hearing live performances of the world's greatest music don't have to travel downtown to experience such concerts.

And, at a January 19th performance, music-lovers were treated to a multi-media experience, featuring the 'Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre' and compositions by British composer Sir William Walton, American composer Leonard Bernstein, and F. J. Haydn, father of the classical symphony.

'This unique program offers something special for every member of the family,' said the orchestra's conductor, Yaacov Bergman. 'It's a potpourri of musical fun, punctuated by presentations from puppets and poets.'

Bill Brelje, President of the orchestra's Board explained, 'Our mission is to provide a fusion of the arts. Each concert includes not only fine contemporary classical music, but also visuals, and often dance. This particular presentation features life-size puppets.'

The two-part program, entitled 'Rhymes and Rhythms', was held in Reed College's Kaul Auditorium. It featured 'Façade, an Entertainment', with poems by Edith Sitwell, and 'Serenade' by Leonard Bernstein - in celebration of what would have been the late composer's 90th birthday.

For more information about the group's upcoming events, call 503/771-3250 or visit them online at: www.portlandchamberorchestra.org.