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Orchestra receives grant

The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, which frequently performs in East County, was awarded a $15,000 cash grant from an anonymous patron.

The same anonymous donor will give an additional $15,000 cash donation if the orchestra can raise $15,000 in donations from other contributors by June 30.

For information on tickets for the 2011-12 season or how to support the orchestra, visit columbiasymphony.org or call 503-234-4077.

The orchestra, under the direction of Huw Edwards, is celebrating its 30th anniversary season in 2011-12.

In addition to its downtown Portland series, the orchestra performs Sunday afternoon concerts at Mt. Hood Community College and coordinates an education and accessibility program MEET the BEAT that reaches children, families, and individuals served through social service agencies and schools.

MEET the BEAT projects include the Chamber Music Camp of Portland (June 26-July 1), 'Symphonic Safari' (Sept. 24), 'A Holiday Gift of Music' (Dec. 4) and a comprehensive outreach ticket program for social service agencies and schools.

Highlights of the orchestra's recently completed season include a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No 9 at St. Mary's Cathedral on May 6 and 10, a fourth appearance on the stage by Portland native pianist Ben Kim in the March concerts, the Northwest premier of 'Foxbridge' by young Portland composer Andrew Todd Poole and a rousing experience accompanying renowned guitarist Angel Romero in January.