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MYS to hold auditions

Metropolitan Youth Symphony will hold auditions this month and offers placement for all who audition. Serving an incredible range of students ages 6 through 18, MYS provides high quality music training at every level of experience, starting with a Beginning Strings program and continuing all the way through its prestigious Symphony Orchestra. The MYS financial aid program ensures that all interested musicians have an opportunity to participate.

Auditions will be held Aug. 26 at First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland. Musicians may schedule an audition by appointment online at playmys.org.

MYS also enrolls mid-year with auditions in November.

PYP holding auditions for musicians

Portland Youth Philharmonic will hold auditions at its southwest Portland office throughout the month of August. Local young musicians are invited to discover the world's greatest music and make lifelong friends in one of the country's top youth orchestra programs. PYP offers financial aid and tuition assistance. No musician will ever be turned away for lack of ability to pay.

Auditions last about 10 minutes and are heard by PYP conducting staff only. A list of requirements, tips on what to prepare, as well as an online application can be found at portlandyouthphil.org/auditions.

Portland Columbia Symphony opens season

Portland Columbia Symphony will open its 38th season Sept. 13 and 15 in a concert called Brahms' First Symphony. The Sept. 13 concert will be held at First United Methodist Church in downtown Portland; the Sept. 15 concert will be held at Mt. Hood Community College theater in Gresham.

Tickets for either concert are $35, and can be purchased by calling 503-234-4077 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by visiting columbiasymphony.org.

TPB presents "Danseur"

The Portland Ballet will present "Danseur," at Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., Portland Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. The documentary, which won Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the Socially Relevant Film Festival in 2019, explores the struggles and determination of young men who pursue ballet. It addresses the difficult subjects of bullying and homophobia while it also illustrates the vitality of dance.

The film features stories from James Whiteside (American Ballet Theatre), John Lam (Boston Ballet) and Harper Watters (The Houston Ballet), Derek Dunn (Boston Ballet) and others.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors. Arts for All tickets are available. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with three of Portland's finest male ballet dancers and teachers.

Information and advance sales can be obtained online at theportlandballet.org or by calling 503-452-8448.


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