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      Resonance Ensemble presents: Safe Harbor in Portland

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      March 1, 2020

      Sunday   4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

      3000 Northeast Alberta Street
      Portland, Oregon 97211

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      Resonance Ensemble presents: Safe Harbor

      “Part social commentary, part group therapy, and part best damn choir show in town."
      — Matt Andrews, Oregon Arts Watch (June 2019)

      Resonance Ensemble Presents: Safe Harbor,
      A Concert Exploring Immigration Through The Lens Of
      New Music, Improvisation, And Spoken Word.

      PORTLAND, OR —On Sunday, March 1, 2020, Resonance Ensemble performs Safe Harbor, a concert of powerful new vocal music exploring experiences of asylum and exile and what it means to be an immigrant as we celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of the United States.

      At Safe Harbor, Resonance Ensemble will unveil their newly-commissioned work by the composer and celebrated Portland-based performer, violinist/looper Joe Kye, integrating folk music from his native Korea with American folk music and improvisation.

      “When Resonance Ensemble approached me about composing for Safe Harbor, I was overjoyed. I look forward to the opportunity to offer my voice -- this collaborative performance with Resonance,” says Kye.
      “I recognize the disquiets of our country while also seeking to reassure listeners that there is a different way, that we, with our individual hopes and dreams, can come together to build a community that allows each to express and pursue these fully, regardless of race, gender, class, or sexual orientation. I offer a meditation of empowerment, a dwelling place for the rekindling of compassion, a sonic clearing in which we can feel, together, what the alternative looks like.”

      Safe Harbor will also feature the world premiere of Mother of Exiles, a musical adaptation and reimagining of Emma Lazarus’s famous poem, ("Give me your tired, your poor...") by Portland composer Theresa Koon.

      Other works include To the Hands, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw; “Réfugié, mon frère,” by the Haitian-American composer and Portland resident Sydney Guillaume, and music by Eric Banks, Melissa Dunphy, and Ysaye Barnwell.

      The concert is given in partnership with Immigration Counseling Services. ICS is the oldest, and only, independent nonprofit law firm dedicated to improving the lives of immigrants in Oregon and Southwest Washington for the past 40 years. ICS provides high-quality, low-cost legal services for the immigrant community, including general immigration cases, a program for unaccompanied minors representing children under the age of 18 detained by ICE in Oregon, and Oregon’s only full-time anti-trafficking program focused on foreign-born victims. ICS will be on hand to share information about their work, including ways that audience members can support current needs of Oregon immigrants.

      Other notable moments will include:
      Q & A after the concert with FitzGibbon, Kye, Koon, Guillaume, and other artists on the program.
      Portland writer and Resonance Poet in Residence, S. Renee Mitchell, performing an original poem written especially for the concert.
      Portland favorite David Saffert on piano.
      A monologue by Cristi Miles, a founder of the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE), reflecting on the changing culture around the border of her native El Paso, Texas

      “We believe that art connects us all,” says Artistic Director, Katherine FitzGibbon. “Safe Harbor will be an opportunity for our audiences to take a fresh look at the lives of immigrants and asylum-seekers in America in the past, present, and future.”

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      Calendar Editors, please note:
      Resonance Ensemble Presents: Safe Harbor
      WHEN: Sunday, Mar 1 | 4:00 pm
      WHERE: Alberta Rose Theatre — 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211
      $25 SENIOR
      $5 ARTS FOR ALL

      Note to Journalists: Katherine FitzGibbon and Joe Kye are available for print, online, and broadcast interviews. If you would like more information on this event or would like to schedule an interview, please contact Liz Bacon Brownson at or by calling 971-212-8034

      About the Resonance Ensemble 2019-20 season:
      In its eleventh season, Resonance Ensemble, a professional vocal ensemble based in Portland, Oregon, creates thoughtful programs that promote meaningful social change. Resonance Ensemble works to amplify voices that have long been silenced, and they do so through moving, thematic concerts that highlight solo and choral voices, new and underrepresented composers, visual and other performing artists, and community partners.

      Resonance Ensemble’s eleventh season “Programming with Purpose.” highlights underrepresented perspectives through powerful new music. Mental health awareness, immigration, and race take a front seat as the organization rides with intention into each performance giving voice to the concerns, hopes, and dreams of all communities. Their concerts reflect this in the themes that reside in Beautiful MInds (OCTOBER 2019), Safe Harbor (MARCH 2020), and An African American Requiem (MAY 2020).

      Under Artistic Director Katherine FitzGibbon, Resonance Ensemble has performed challenging and diverse music, always with an eye toward unusual collaborations with artistic partners from around Portland: poets, jazz musicians, singer-songwriters, painters, dancers. The Resonance singers are “one of the Northwest’s finest choirs” (Willamette Week), with gorgeous vocal tone, and they also make music with heart.

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