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 performance will be enhanced by simultaneous video projections created by the students in collaboration with Portland-based film director Alicia J. Rose.
The collaboration with Camas High School Choir is one of many arts education programs facilitated by Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington. Young Audiences offers a full range of educational arts programming in multiple disciplines and cultures and serves over 70,000 students in more than 200 schools and community sites each year. The organization supports a roster of talented teaching artists, bringing them into collaboration with schools for artist residencies, workshops and performances; and partners with local schools, arts organizations, artists and community members to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.
This program is supported by the Camas Educational Foundation, The Oregon Arts Commission, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. KBOO-FM and XRAY.fm are media sponsors of this concert.