Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
15 NE Hancock St, Portland
$10 advance, $12 at the door
On Friday, April 13, join Bright Moments and the Camas High School Choir for an unforgettable concert that explores the exponential advancement of human technology and the notion of human progress.
This concert is a collaboration of the Camas High School Choir under the direction of Ethan Chessin, indie-rock musician and composer Kelly Pratt, and arts education nonprofit Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington. Building on the success of a composer-in-residence partnership that Young Audiences fostered two years ago between experimental art-pop band AU and the Camas High School Choir, Pratt has been working with Chessin and his students this school year to create an original, hour-long performance for a rock band, horns and 200 high school singers.
The choir will be performing new music composed by Bright Moments, Pratt’s solo project, specifically for this collaboration. The concert blends together a wide array of styles and genres — from afrobeat to metal to more traditional choral music — into a compelling intergenerational musical experience. In addition to Pratt, the high school singers and brass players will be joined by pillars of the local professional music community Dana Buoy, Lorna Krier and Justin Miller.
“The combination of wistful, haunting, and energetic songs takes the audience on a roller coaster of emotion,” says choir student Laura Teames, a junior at Camas. Senior Tyler Vaughan adds, “It’s the youth of the world teaching you a lesson that will stick with you forever.”
The performance will be enhanced by simultaneous video projections created by the students in collaboration with Portland-based film director Alicia J. Rose.