Monday, October 28, 2013

Symphonic Safari Goes Halloween

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Photos courtesy of Eric Watts & Shelly Williams

With a little face paint

  a pumpkin cookie, 

      some monster moves,


and a whole bunch of great music you can have yourself a FANGTASTIC HALLOWEEN!


Full House at Parkrose High School

We welcomed Finalist Conductor Scott Seaton to the podium for some fabulous music including:

Conductor Scott Seaton at work

Night on Bald Mountain

   Phantom of the Opera

      Theme from Jaws

         Spiderman Theme

And we welcomed special guests:

Tears of Joy Puppet Theater performing Sorcerer's Apprentice

and the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir under the direction of Roberta Jackson and Deb Burgess.

Masters in puppetry!

Girlchoir magic!

Special Thanks to our GENEROUS SPONSOR:  Riverview Community Bank

Friday, December 21, 2012

Little Black Dress Goes Holiday

We just put on our little black dresses and boy, was the shopping fun!

Little Black Dress Goes Holiday

fundraising shopping for the 

Portland Columbia Symphony

Thursday, Dec 13 ~ Riverview Community Bank, Gresham

Tatyana Covalt and her beautiful necklaces!

Hand-made jewelry and wine ware by Bailey Jackson
What's a party without Little Black Dress Wine!!!!

Jenni Jackson shows off the Beauty Control Products

There is nothing quite like the fragrances of hand made goat soaps and lotions from Kathy at Farm Maid

Judy from Accent on Attitude has some great wallets, bags, and accessories

There were delicious hors d'oeuvres from Busy Bee Catering

Lovely jewelry from Jacob Herbert

Connie Otto and her gorgeous hand painted silk scarves
Entertainment from the Suzuki String Studio of PCSO Concertmaster Dawn Carter
Cello Ensemble from the studio of Jane Day.

Sweet holiday melodies from the flute choir from the studio of PCSO's Rachel Rencher

Thank you to our vendors for sharing their great stuff.  Thank you to Casey Ryan and Riverview Community Bank for hosting our event.  And a big thank you to all the ladies who shopped and supported PCSO!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Classical Hollywood ~ Saturday, January 28, 2012

Over 275 guests and musicians filled the Oregon Ballroom of the Portland Marriott for the 2012 Gala. The theme this year was "Classical Hollywood" which meant that were signs of the movies and stars everywhere. Table themes included Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, and the King and I.

PCSO played excerpts from James Bond, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The King and I, and Star Wars!

Marilyn Monroe made a surprise guest appearance, singing Happy 30th Anniversary to Music Director and Conductor Huw Edwards and the orchestra. Marilyn was channeled by Portland soprano Coral Walterman.

Auctioneer Jason Demicheli of KellyRussell Auctions and Emcee Kirk Mouser of Stumptown Stages helped raise over $40,000 in the auctions to help keep PCSO on the stage for the rest of the season.

Scott Miller, VP of Marketing at Riverview Community Bank draws the winning ticket for the Raffle which was two round trip airline tickets, donated by Riverview.

The winner was Debee Givens of Vancouver, WA. We hear that Ireland might be the destination of the lucky winners.

For anyone who missed the event, you can still donate to our cause!

Thank you!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Symphonic Safari 2012

The jungle was alive with kids and music as Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra sent the audience on a safari through the arts on Saturday, September 24. Held on the Center for the Arts Plaza in downtown Gresham, SYMPHONIC SAFARI featured interactive arts booths and a live performance of Peter & The Wolf and more.

And the highlight of the day was the safari through the orchestra as it played!

This jungle man enjoyed face painting and balloon twisting.

The ZAP team from the Oregon Zoo brought along some real live ANIMALS. Cool . . .
These twins are right in style showing how it gets done on the xylophone!

These young artists made little tiny animal sculptures from clay.

Some of the martial arts experts in the crowd tried their hand at twisting dog balloons as well.
A'wild animal' volunteer from the Gresham High School Drama Department.

This FREE family friendly event takes place each year on the Center for the Arts Plaza in downtown Gresham immediately following the annual Teddy Bear Parade on the fourth Saturday in September.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BBQ & Boules (Petanque)

Our 2011 Gala Dinner Auction yielded some interesting French related auction items this year.

Check out the BBQ dinner and Petanque at the home of Pat & Pat Brothers in Bridal Veil, Oregon.

The French game of Petanque is played with silver boules in a similar manner as the Italian game of bocce ball or the American game of horseshoes.

Cheerleading is just a important as playing the game. And measuring becomes a BIG deal!

Just one of the great ways you too can support the Portland Columbia Symphony ~ Purchase auction items at our annual events and have a great party with friends and family!

Monday, April 18, 2011

We Have a Winner . . . . .

On Friday, April 15, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra gave away a 2011 Ford Mustang Convertible!

Executive Director Betsy Hatton takes a look at the drum full of 1800+ tickets.

And the lucky winner is Barb Malcom of Gladstone. "Oh my. Thank you very much. I'm so excited."
Bess Wills of Gresham Ford draws the winning stub as ED Betsy Hatton and Board President Cindy Passannante look on.

Barb Malcom gets the keys to her new Ford Mustang!

The drawing was the culmination of nine months of hard work by the board members, staff, and players to sell 3000 tickets to help raise funds to support the orchestra's music making. Ms. Malcom purchased her $20 ticket just the week before and says she'll definitely be coming to our concerts in the future.

Congratulations Barb and a hearty thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to support PCSO.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Honoring Cindy Passannante

Gresham Chamber Event on February 1, 2011

The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra is proud to celebrate its volunteer of the year!

And t
he 2011 Golden Note Award goes to . . . . .

Cindy Passannante, Board President!

Cindy Passannante is probably known to all of you because she is currently serving on five community non-profit boards in addition to running her own business and teaching a tourism class at Mt. Hood Community College. She also enjoys an active family life with her husband Tony, children, and grandchildren.

Tony and Cindy

Cindy brings passion, commitment, and tireless energy to our organization as President of the Board. She not only enjoys our music but particularly values how the shared experience of attending a live classical orchestra concert bonds friends,

families, and community together. Thank you Cindy, for your creative ideas, keen interest in building relationships, and for working tirelessly on a thin budget for the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra. We appreciate everything you do for us and for this community−you make a huge difference. Thank you!