Portland Festival Symphony
One of the many great things about Portland is the free events it offers. Yesterday, the Portland Symphony performed on the Tom McCall Waterfront. I didn’t go, but next year, I’m definitely gonna go check it out. But, it brings me to this post, about the Portland Festival Symphony.
The Washington Park Summer Festival hosts free concerts in the amphitheater of Washington Park and I like to attend the Portland Festival Symphony’s concert. This year was their 30th anniversary, so we (the audience and orchestra) sang them a happy birthday. The performers are good, the music is beautiful, and the conductor is funny. This year, I think over 2500 people came to watch them play. People bring picnic dinners and drinks, and lounge about on their blankets. It’s a nice way to spend your summer evening. At the end, they hand out maracas and flutes for the children. Then, with the aide of hundreds of children with their new instruments, they perform a song together. That has to be a recipe for success, right?
Picnic w/ my favorite beer, watching w/ a “spyglass”
Our blanket neighbor
It was definitely more crowded this year
The conductor for the children
This is probably one of my favorite parts of the concert.