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    The Reser Presents
    Portland Cello Project 90s v. 90s
    The Reser Presents

    Portland Cello Project 90s v. 90s

    Date April 29, 2023 7:30pm Pricing $25 – $45

    Oregon’s acclaimed and beloved genre-defying chamber ensemble is traversing through time in its upcoming performance: 90s v. 90s. In this newest installment, Portland Cello Project explores and showcases both well- and lesser-known works from the 1790s, 1890s, and especially the 1990s. This night won’t just smell like teen spirit; the performance will feature Beethoven and other classical and romantic heavyweights, seamlessly crossing over to everything from Jane’s Addiction to No Doubt. 

    Patti King of The Shins joins the group as a guest vocalist for a night of musical homage that transcends the ages. Always innovative and bringing the unexpected, PCP will usher you through time in a friendly competition of eras and soundscapes doing what they do so well: reimagining what makes all music special. Bring your best flannel (or waistcoat) and see which period wins — no matter what happens, it will be a ton of fun.


    In the fall of 2006, a group of 9 cellists got on stage at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge to perform western classical music in an informal setting.

    Many of the cellists that night thought it would only happen once.

    But slowly that one-off event became a second, and a third, cellists joined and left and rejoined the group again, to perform in Portland’s most popular clubs. By 2009 the group had evolved into a nationally-recognized performing, recording, and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists. Cello Project (or PCP as their fans affectionately call them) were quickly appearing anywhere and everywhere in North America, from punk rock clubs to symphony halls, from street parties to exclusive private events. By 2010 self-described horde of cellos were spending more than a quarter of the year touring, featuring a diverse repertoire that quickly ballooned to over 1,000 pieces of music.

    Under the artistic direction of Douglas Jenkins, the group grew and evolved, working with an all-star group of cellists in the Pacific Northwest (Skip vonKuske, Diane Chaplin, Nancy Ives, Gideon Freudmann, Kevin Jackson, to name just a few…). The group developed a three-part philosophy that has mostly remained unchanged over the years:

    To bring the cello places you wouldn’t normally see it (from wild dance parties, to formal symphony halls, to street parties, to Millennium Park in Chicago…).

    To perform music on the cello you wouldn’t normally associate with the instrument alongside music from the Western Classical Tradition (from Pantera to Taylor Swift to Kanye West to Elliott Smith, alongside Bach, Rossini, and Saint-Saens, to name just a few…).

    To build bridges between different musical communities through educational, community outreach, and through collaboration with myriad artists, from The Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor to Ural Thomas to Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) to Jolie Holland to Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), among many others, and cellists such as Ben Sollee, Maya Beiser and Zoe Keating.

    “It doesn’t get much more genre-crossing than this.”—MTV

    “This indie orchestra gives classical music a jolt of energy.”—Spin Magazine

    “The PCP has come to epitomize Portland’s offbeat music scene, one where boundaries are blurred and cellos are in abundance.” —The Strad

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