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Family Friday - Your Musical Night Out with the Kids

Community Music Center - 3350 SE Francis Street 97202

Friday, March 21 2014, 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM

Length

1 hr

Summary

Irish fiddle and dance!

Category

Event Types > Community Events

Description

Family Friday Concerts

Your monthly musical night out with the kids!

Who: Irish Music Trio - Bronnie Griffin (fiddle), Preston Howard (uilleann pipes*), Maldon Meehan (percussive dance). Note: This group replaces Portland Chamber Music previously announced.

Where: Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis Street, Portland, 97202

When: Friday, March 21, 2014, at 7:15 pm. NOTE: limited seating, no reserved seats – doors open at 6:30; house opens at 6:50 pm.

Cost: Free with suggested donation of $5.00 ($15 for a family of any size).

About the performersIrish fiddler Bronnie Griffin will perform with Preston Howard on the Uillean pipes*, while Maldon Meehan demonstrates lively and graceful traditional Irish percussive dance.

Maldon will also invite children on stage to participate in the dancing. Bronnie Griffin is a contemporary fiddler steeped in the rich Irish tradition. A prize-winning student of the legendary Kevin Burke, Bronnie Griffin brings a strong bow, melodic lift, and sheer joy to the world of traditional music. Preston Howard started seriously studying the Uilleann pipes* about 10 years ago. He plays primarily as a musician around the Pacific Northwest, playing at pubs, music festivals, ceili, weddings, as well as with the group The Stomptowners. Maldon Meehan is a performer, teacher and choreographer of Irish sean-nós and set dance, as well as the founding member of Sean-nós Northwest, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting dance, song and language in the Pacific Northwest.

*Uilleann pipes are the characteristic national bagpipe of Ireland. Earlier known in English as "union pipes", their current name is a partial translation of the Irish-language term píobaí uilleann (literally, "pipes of the elbow"), from their method of inflation.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Community Music Center is pleased to announce the next in the series of popular and low-cost Family Friday Concerts. The series features widely-admired local musicians and is proudly sponsored by Larkins Vacura, LLP, Trial Attorneys. Concerts are run by volunteers, and all proceeds benefit scholarships and programs at the Community Music Center.

Visit: http://www.brongaenegriffin.com or www.maldonmeehan.com

Future Family Friday concerts:

April 18, 2014 CMC Showcase

May 18, 2014 Oregon Renaissance Band

The Community Music Center (CMC) is a Portland Parks & Recreation facility in partnership with an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that raises money to help subsidize tuition fees at the school. It serves families across the Portland area and supports those with limited economic means by increasing access to music performances and educational opportunities. Benefit concerts such as this one support a need-based scholarship fund that enables students to follow their dreams in music.

For more information, call 503-823-3177 or visit www.communitymusiccenter.org.