Symphony Orchestra musicians bring relevant issues to the Newmark Theatre stage March 6 with the world premiere of award-winning Portland composer Andrea Reinkemeyer’s commissioned piece for orchestra, Smoulder.
Written in years following the devastating Eagle Creek fire, Smoulder "evokes the devastation of forest fires and other ominous signs of climate change," says Reinkemeyer, and underscores how fragile treasured Pacific Northwest natural places can be in an age of increased wildfire danger and growing climate change impacts.
It’s a conversation Friends of the Columbia Gorge are perfectly poised to weigh in on. The longstanding advocacy and conservation group is teaming up with Metropolitan Youth Symphony on a joint public education effort to elevate youth voices concerned about the impact of climate change and threat of wildfires to the Columbia Gorge.
Over the decades, Friends of the Columbia Gorge has collaborated with a wide array of community partners—from the Portland Timbers to the Maryhill Museum of Art—on special projects designed to engage the public and explore pressing Gorge conservation challenges. Now they join forces with MYS.
Metropolitan Youth Symphony has progressively pivoted its programming to better reflect relevant topics and issues that matter to its students.
Friends and MYS are also looking forward to a continued partnership beyond the concert, including taking student musicians out for an on-the-ground educational opportunity in the Gorge.
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(photo of Metropolitan Youth Symphony musicians: Sheepscot Creative)