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Heard and unheard: Oregon choirs reclaiming and rediscovering new and old music


Daryl Browne

Oregon Arts Watch


Retrospective Resonance

Another Portland choir is inviting you to join in the celebration of their journey. For 15 years Resonance Ensemble, founded and conducted by Katherine FitzGibbon, has nurtured an intimate relationship with Portland from the inside out. Their eyes-wide-open programming and championing of works and artists that address the issues of our world deserves a year of retrospection.

The season opener on October 14 and 15 looks back at how they looked forward to forge a new narrative. The concert programming will highlight the numerous commissions and Portland premieres of works, like Vin Shambry’s “Brother Man,” first heard in 2017. You can also take many of these works home with you by purchasing their very first album, LISTEN–that title taken from Melissa Dunphy’s work of the same name performed by Resonance in February 2019. You can pre-order your copy at this link. Dominick DiOrio’s beautiful You Do Not Walk Alone is on the concert program and included in the album. It is available right now as an amuse-l’oreille on Resonance home page. And while you are on that page, enjoy an interview with Portland composer Stacey Philipps, whose Witch Trials is featured on the concert and the CD.

Resonance does not perform from the periphery; they stand center mass. Their concert themes for this season – Amendments: Righting Our Wrongs and Black Art Song – suggest the music you will hear, culminating in the season’s final concert next June which proudly proclaims they have been “championing mission-based art for 15 years.”

Participate in the Resonance retrospection, including post-concert panel discussion, on Sat., October 14, 7:30pm and Sun., October 15, 3pm at Lincoln Hall on the Portland State Campus. Tickets and more information here.

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