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Grasshoppers 2017

Portland Jazz Composer's Ensemble plays music by Students & Mentors

February 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm

- $15 – $20
The Old Church

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The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble offers a rare opportunity to hear works by student composers and their mentors for our 12-member jazz chamber orchestra at the same concert. The student composers, or “grasshoppers,” involved in this ambitious project come from two Portland metro area high schools, and from Portland Community College. With their professional mentors— PSU Jazz professor emeritus Charley Gray, Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra Co-Director Michelle Medler, and Mt. Hood Community College jazz instructor Ryan Meagher—each student has composed a new piece for the PJCE. All of these students have composed before, but not for a large professional ensemble, and the opportunity to do so represents a unique and monumental education opportunity. It’s a rare opportunity for the composers and listeners alike.