As our spectacular summer 2015 season winds down, we're starting a series on some of the wonderful things that made the season so special. We start, of course, with the kickoff concert.
On June 28th, hundreds of people gathered on the Portland Art Museum patio to see the pianos, meet the designers, and listen to our musicians perform.
Alex Falcone (Late Night Action, Willamette Week, Portlandia) was our master of ceremonies.
Pianists Jessica Susanto, Theresa Silveyra, Maria Choban, Mitchell Falconer, Becca Shultz performed a piece for five pianos commisioned from composer Richie Greene, directed by Shoohei Kobayashi.
Jedediah Bernard performed. Sara Jackson-Holman, Loch Lomand, and Megan Diana McGeorge played orignal songs from their respective albums.
Best of all, two volunteers from the audience played impromptu pieces on the spot.
Of course, the pianos were out in force! All eleven pianos were on display, participating in the concert, and showing off the innovative designs from ADX, Open Eye Art, The Good Mod, Roundhouse, Splash Worldwide, Lucid Design, NORTH, Struck, Awesome Portland, Ryan Bubnis, Doug Fir Lounge, and the Bureau of Betterment
So many thanks are due to the amazing Rob Bearden and his wonderful staff at the Portland Art Museum. Thanks also to our sponsors and partners: Umpqua Bank, Awesome Portland, Portland Piano Company, West Coast Piano Moving & Storage, Becker Capital Management, Schwab, Hilton Hotel, OBITAY Design, Gimbal, Portland Code School, Urban Airship, Gard Communications, Portland Art Museum, Portland Parks & Recreation, and the Oregon Community Foundation.