Pianist to perform at the Grotto
- Gresham Outlook - Features
Evening features accomplished composer Michael Allen Harrison
Portland pianist and recording artist Michael Allen Harrison will perform a 'Concert on the Lawn' at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, in the upper level gardens of the Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., in Portland.
Tickets are $45 per person, and include light hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer.
After arriving in the main parking lot, guides will show concertgoers through the grounds and escort them to the cliffside elevator for a journey to the upper level.
For more information, call 503-254-7371, visit michaelallenharrison.com or the
Harrison plays a classical contemporary style and has produced music for ballet, theater and film. He has been honored with a star on the Walk of Fame in front of the Portland Performing Arts Center for his artistic and community contributions to Portland.
Harrison is the founder and president of The Snowman Foundation, which has raised more than $2 million for music education, supporting school programs and community centers and has given hundreds of instruments and scholarships to children who cannot afford music education.
Harrison's CD 'Emotional Connection' received a NASA Orbiting Certificate for airplay in space on the space shuttle Endeavor, and his 1994 album 'Circle of Influence' went up on the space shuttle Discovery.
In 1999, Harrison performed in New York City at the United Nations premiering 'Remembrance,' a tribute song to the 50th Anniversary of Israel's Independence. The song can be heard on his benefit CD 'Seasons of Peace' recorded for the organization Season of Non-Violence.
Harrison's most recent double CD release, 'Composer Pianist,' celebrates his favorite compositions over the last 25 years, and includes his first piano concerto 'The Mt. Hood Concerto.'
Harrison has performed for President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Quincy Jones when they have visited Portland. As an act for the Celebrity Forum Interactive Speaker Series, he has opened for Walter Cronkite, Jerry Spence, Margaret Thatcher, Jerry Lewis, Colin Powell, Jan Schlichtman and James Whitmore.
Harrison composed and performed a new work, entitled 'Ocean of Wisdom' for the Dalai Lama during his visit to Portland, and he presents a new composition every year with The Portland Festival Symphony during its summer concert series.
Among films he's scored are the 1992 movie 'Claire of the Moon' and 'Anoosh of the Airways' in 1998. He also premiered a new ballet with the Vancouver Dance Theater in April 1999, based on the children's classic story 'The Velveteen Rabbit.'
Harrison has also acted as company pianist for the Pacific Ballet Theater, Ballet Oregon, and Oregon Ballet Theater. He premiered his musical 'Prometheus' in 2009 at The Lakewood Theater in Lake Oswego, and in 2010 he was one of the four composers who contributed to the hit musical '69.'