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'Family Friday Concerts' again featured at Inner Southeast's music center

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - CMC Board member Carolyn Landsverk, and her son - a former CMC musical student, Joe Landsverk - scoop up fresh popcorn for guests at the first Family Friday Concert of the season. Again this year, Southeast Portland’s Community Music Center (CME) is presenting their “Family Friday Concert” series of concerts.

Unlike many other live music venues, these concerts feature popular local musicians in an informal setting, appropriate for audiences of any age.

“Sometimes, these concerts provide the first occasion for children to see and hear instruments such as cellos and violins played,” explained CMC board member Carolyn Landsverk as the current season got underway.

“Some of the children who attend are very young,” Landsverk continued. “We want to be a lot of fun for them. So, at these concerts, we say it’s a ‘no shushing zone’.”

Landsverk said that she is part of a committee of four volunteers who book the musical acts each season. “Groups are contacting us, because they’ve heard that this is such a fun venue to play.”

The concerts, held on varying Friday evenings, depending upon the month, are free – although donations are encouraged, to support CMC programs.

On March 15, the musical program features the CMC Showcase of the Center’s “stars” in recital. On April 19, the musical performer is “White Rhino Marimba”. And, on May 17, the program features the “Oregon Renaissance Band”.

Each program is free, but a suggested donation of $5 or $15 for a family of any size, is appreciated. Inexpensive snacks and fresh popcorn are also for sale. Note that seating is limited with no reserved seats; doors open at 6:30 pm, and the concert begins at 7:15.

Seating is limited, so arrive early enough to avoid disappointment. It’s at the Community Music Center, 3350 S.E. Francis Street. For more information, call 503/823-5300, or go online to: www.communitymusiccenter.org