Take Action Happy Hour with BRAVO Youth Orchestras

Join us on June 20, 2019

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General Admission - Ages 12 and Under Available $5.00

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Mercy Corps Action Center  28 SW First Avenue, Portland OR 97204

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Reception starting at 5:30pm
Performance begins at 6:15
Refreshments provided

For several years Venezuela — once the richest country in South America — has been hurtling toward economic, social and institutional collapse, spurring a regional humanitarian crisis and mass migration. On World Refugee Day, Mercy Corps is joining forces with BRAVO Youth Orchestras and celebrated musicians from the Portland community for a special performance and fundraiser benefiting refugees around the world. This Take Action Happy Hour has a special focus on Venezuela as many families struggle to survive and cross the border in search of a better life.

BRAVO will welcome 20 students from their summer camp as well as four professional musicians originally from Venezuela and Chile, performing music to honor refugees around the world. Professional musicians include: Freddy Vilches, cuatro - professor at Lewis & Clark; Inés Voglar Belgique, violin - Asst Principal Second Violin of the Oregon Symphony; Marian Gutierrez, violin -BRAVO Teaching Artist; and Giancarlo Castro, trumpet - BRAVO Teaching Artist.

About Bravo Youth Orchestra

Founded in 2013, serving in the first year almost 200 students at Rosa Parks School in North Portland, BRAVO Youth Orchestras is affiliated with El Sistema, the international movement of social change through music founded in Venezuela in 1975. BRAVO is the first El Sistema-inspired program in Oregon.

Now in their 6th year, BRAVO provides either introductory music classes or advanced after-school instrumental instruction for nearly 800 students at 5 priority schools in the Roosevelt High School cluster. BRAVO students have performed at both of Governor Kate Brown’s inaugurations in Salem, have performed onstage at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Black Violin and the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Maestro Carlos Kalmar, and have been featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.




About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is an international humanitarian aid organization working in over 40 countries to help meet people’s urgent needs and give them the tools to build a brighter future. Our mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.  

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