Monday, October 28, 2013

Portland Youth Philharmonic

We had a special treat in Burns on Saturday night. The Portland Youth Philharmonic came all the way to Burns to put on a superb concert. They did four pieces, one of which was the Grieg piano concerto in A minor and a very little person, Hannah Moon, played the piano without music, and she was incredible. These kids are high school age and very dedicated musicians. The PYP has a special connection to Burns because it was started in Burns about 1910 by Mary Dodge who taught kids to play the violin. She moved to Portland in 1919 and in 1924 The Portland Junior Symphony was born. The picture does not do the group justice. The concert took place in the high school gym for Burns has no performing arts center. But there is a very energetic group working to build a new Performing Arts and Education Center. All but a few curmudgeons love the idea. It will take a while, but we are looking forward to it.

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