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Tickets are available now for Jan. 9 concert; the school musicians have been rehearsing with 3 Leg Torso in December

PMG PHOTO: JON HOUSE  - 3 Leg Torso performs to Lakeridge Middle School's music students recently at the school. Pictured from left to right; Courtney Von Drehle, accordion, Béla R. Balogh, violin, T.J. Arko, percussion, and Milo Fultz, bass.The orchestras and bands of Lakeridge Middle School and Lakeridge High School will present a concert with the popular Portland band 3 Leg Torso at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the auditorium at Lakeridge High School, 1235 Overlook Drive, Lake Oswego.

"The middle school students will play four pieces on their own, and then 3 Leg Torso will play four pieces with our Lakeridge High School full orchestra, string and band instruments," said Kristi Stingle, who leads the Lakeridge middle school and high school orchestras. "The collaboration came forth because (3 Leg Torso) violinist Bela Balogh has a son at Lakeridge Middle School in the orchestra and has attended several of our concerts and thought it would be fun to combine our efforts. This is a unique opportunity for our high school students to experience and perform music different from what they would normally study from the orchestra literature. 3 Leg Torso is creative and full of energy, and it's important that students meet living composers and be part of the process of rehearsing and performing with active professionals."

The school musicians have been rehearsing with 3 Leg Torso in December in preparation for the Jan. 9 concert.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors online at lrhs.tix.com.

About 3 Leg Torso

3 Leg Torso formed in 1996 as a violin, cello and accordion trio with the mission of creating original modern chamber music for their unique instrumentation. Over the following years, the ensemble has expanded both its musical mission and its size to become a quartet that now performs original compositions based on an eclectic synthesis of chamber music, tango, klezmer, Latin and Roma (Gypsy) music. As principal composers, founding members Béla R. Balogh (violin, trumpet, octave mandolin) and Courtney Von Drehle (accordion, saxophone) provide the core of 3 Leg Torso's sound. They are joined by the consummate mallets and percussion of T.J. Arko and the gentleman of the acoustic bass, Milo Fultz.

The ensemble's history began with street performances, which they titled Meestering and has led to their releasing three award-winning instrumental albums ("3 Leg Torso," "Astor in Paris" and "Animals & Cannibals"), East Coast and West Coast tours, performances with symphony orchestras and a profile on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

The cinematic nature of their music has led to work with many film makers, including Oscar nominated documentary artist Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"), three short films with Teller (of Penn & Teller), two short films by Academy Award winning animator Joan Gratz ("The Dowager's Feast" and "The Dowager's Idyll"), scoring "With Hope and Help," a UNICEF funded documentary about living with AIDS in Thailand, and a feature in Oscar-nominated King of Indie Animation Bill Plympton's "Idiots & Angels." One of the ensemble's pieces has been used as the theme music for a Bosnian Television series, and the group's music was also featured in the 2012 National Geographic special "Preparing for the Apocalypse."

Learn more online at 3legtorso.com.


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