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Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Music Center welcomes all to take part in huge performance of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"


(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Music Center (CMC) presents a free special event: “Galactic Twinkle”, a giant audience participation performance of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, as part of CMC’s 60th anniversary celebration. The event takes place Sunday afternoon, June 7, 2015, at Reed College. Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey will lead the ensemble of "twinklers". CMC expects more than 100 children and adults to participate, mostly on violin, but anyone age 4 or older may bring an instrument, play along and be a 'star'.

What: Galactic Twinkle, part of Community Music Center’s 60th Anniversary Performance Festival & Community Event
Where: Reed College Kaul Auditorium, SE 28th Ave & Woodstock St, in Portland. Other events in the Reed Performing Arts Complex, and Chapel. Free event parking in any of Reed’s three lots on campus.
When: Sunday, June 7, 2015; The Galactic Twinkle takes place at the end of the 2 pm free concert (likely between 3:00 and 3:30 pm). All are welcome to the performance festival. running 1pm to 9pm.
Cost: Free, with suggested donation of $10 to benefit CMC.
Notes: No advance registration is required to participate, however seating may be limited, so early arrival is advised. Auditorium doors open at 1:30 pm, open seating. Media: please check in at the Kaul Auditorium lobby welcome table.

“Music unites all people and all Portlanders,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “The Community Music Center is a beloved part of the Portland Parks & Recreation system. We expect CMC will continue striking a chord with the community for years to come.”

About the Event
The Galactic Twinkle is part of a day-long event that celebrates 60 years of Portland Parks & Recreation music education with a performance festival and community event. More than 300 students, instructors, and CMC alumni perform for the public in seven inspiring concerts throughout the day on Sunday, June 7, 2015.

The event is to thank the community for 60 years of support for Community Music Center and its programs, to demonstrate the breadth and depth of services provided by CMC, and to raise funds that provide equity of access to quality music instruction programs for all ages. It is made possible by the Wintz Family Foundation and sponsored by local area businesses, so that all net proceeds benefit the Community Music Center’s music scholarship program for students in need.

About Jules Bailey
Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey is an alumnus of PP&R's Community Music Center, taking violin lessons there as a child. CMC asked him to participate as a role model for the young students at the event, to show that the study of music is an important part of a well-rounded education whether one's career path leads to music, public service, or other fields.

Why Twinkle?
The June 7th "Galactic Twinkle" event is intended to demonstrate the universal value of music education, and may establish a record for number of people playing “Twinkle” at one time. The melody for "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is used in music education because it is so widely known to young children (it shares the same melody with "Bah, Bah, Black Sheep" and the "ABC Song"). Dr. Sinichi Suzuki created the Suzuki method that has every beginning student play the tune in several variations.

What is the record for largest Twinkle performance?
The Suzuki Association of the Americas has no record yet for the largest performance of "Twinkle" in Oregon, so the June 7 event will definitely set the bar for them. The Guinness Book of Records does not keep records of individual song participation numbers. According to Guinness, the largest violin ensemble featured 4,645 participants and was achieved by the Changhua County Government (Chinese Taipei) at Changhua Stadium, Chinese Taipei, on 17th of September, 2011. While the June 7 Galactic Twinkle event will probably not make the Guinness Book, it will surely be an impressive assembly worthy of capturing in photos and videos. Basically, you are going to want to Tweet this!

Who wrote Twinkle?
According to Wikipedia: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" lyrics are from an early 19th-century English poem by Jane Taylor, "The Star". It is sung to the tune of the French melody Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, which was published in 1761 and later arranged by several composers including Mozart with Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman".

Note: events are subject to change. For the latest information and more details, call CMC at 503-823-3177, or browse

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 hundreds of families across the Portland area and supports those with limited economic means by increasing access to music performances and educational opportunities. Benefit events 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