The summer has come. The truck has been returned. The singers are off doing other gigs. This is POGO in the summer. Quiet, but that's relative. Our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Alexis Hamilton is hard at work booking for next season.
We will have a few return engagements. We always do. However, of the 18,157 we reached in 2013 with our 88 performances of The Magic Flute, 19 were new to our program in 2013 and an additional 15 had not participated the previous season. So, the need is there, the appetite doesn't seem to be going away.
Below is a representative map of our 2013 tour. You will note, all 55 sites are not there, but how many pins can we really stick into Portland's economically depressed neighborhoods? You can see, however, that Portland Opera To Go covers all over the state of Oregon, and up into SW Washington.
To do it, we spent $165,000 over the course of our 11 week tour. While the cost of all those performance, comes out to average $12.50 per child, we charge an average of $1.25 per student as this program was created to help where the budgets are the tightest.
Thank you very much for your continuing support. Portland Opera will continue to be good stewards of your contributions.
Portland Opera To Go has finished another wonderful tour. This year's The Magic Flute, by Mozart, was a wonderful success. Our intrepid band of musicians toured all over Oregon, and Soutwest Washington, from coast to coast and from North to South. We were everywhere from Vancouver, WA to Klamath Falls, OR, we were on the coast in Astoria, OR all the way to Ontario, OR.
The group had a great time while playing to a total of over 18,000! POGO hit 55 venues over the 12 week tour and of those 19 had never gotten a POGO performance before. This production really focuses on the hero story in The Magic Flute of Tamino and his trials to win the freedom of his lady love. With Papagano at his side, our hero was successful in all of his trials and won the hand of Pamina.
POGO's mission is to bring arts learning and performance to children and areas that don't have much access to this type of programming. This year they sure did! 63% of the schools we visited were Title 1 schools! 25% of the schools they went to were considered "very rural" with a population of less than 10,000 in the school district. About 1/2 of the schools were in and around the Portland Metro area and half were out and about in the rest of Oregon.
Portland Opera To Go did well this year to fulfill the mission of bring the arts and music to as much of our state as we can in one season. We look forward to seeing you next year! Stay tuned for more on our upcoming tours!
The tour has begun. January 14, 2013 our intrepid singers have departed on their tour. Criss-crossing the state of Oregon and into SW Washington, our tour will reach all over the state and should reach about 20,000 during their travels.
We have a wonderful production of THE MAGIC FLUTE this year that was adapted by the director. She was working to make this script highlight the journey of our hero, Tamino. While keeping in the best and most recognizable tunes and characters, Kristine McIntyre has done a wonderful job again!
Stacy Murdock has returned to our ranks for his 9th season with POGO! Ainsley Soutiere as Pamina, Tour Manager Samm Hawkins, our amazing pianist David Saffert and Dru Rutledge as Papagena have also returned. We have some new faces as well. Welcome to our hero Anthony Ballard as Tamino, Claudia Chapa as 3rd Lady, Kevin Bertin as Sastro and Ksenia Popova as The Queen of the Night.
The enclosed picture is of our Papagano and one of our young audience members as Papagano searches for his Papagana. Stacy is always so engaging with our audiences, we are very fortunate to have him continue to return.
We will be having Public Performances here at the Hampton Opera Center on March 22 and 23rd!
Ainsley Soutiere, our Pamina and 4 year veteran of the program, will be writing the blog for us. She is both a wonderfully talented performer, and a delightful person! I do hope you will take a moment from time to time to hear about your generous gifts at work. I have posted the blog link below.
The benefit was a huge success! Portland Opera does a one-night concert each year. We call it our Big Night Concert and Street Fair. This season, it was on September 22, 2012. The festivities started at 5:00pm and we were going until 11:00pm! It is in support of our Portland Opera To Go program. This season, the amount raised was over $10,000 more than last year. While last year was our inaugural year, this year we really hit our stride. The event includes a concert, a gala celebration, and a free and open to the public street fair.
We saw about 1100 more people this year than we did last year. All of those people, well over 3000 of them in all, heard about the work that Portland Opera To Go does. It is really wonderful to see the support for arts education that exists here in the city of Portland. So many people giving to help support arts education!
Below is a picture of the event at the Ira Keller Fountain in Downtown Portland filled with over 1100 of our closest new friends. They are waiting to see the 40 foot wide screen come to life at the concert is just about to begin. In true Portland Style, we had food carts to make sure everyone had plenty to eat.
So you can see our short informational video as they saw it during the concert, the You Tube link that helps to really understand what POGO does is there as well.
Thank you for your time and attention.
"I learned that putting people in fire places are bad." - Kether, after watching the 2012 POGO Tour of Hansel and Gretel.
Summer has arrived. While the kids are out enjoying the summer months and the sun, we are wrapping up the 2012 tour and booking the 2013 tour!
The tour in 2012 saw over 15,000 bright smiling faces. Many of those had never seen an opera. Portland Opera To Go did more than 50 performances, many of them in rural towns that don't really have access to the arts due to their distance from a major metropolitan area. 95% of our teachers used the study guide to help teach Oregon Educational Standards to their students.
In 2013, Mozart's The Magic Flute will be leaving on tour in late January. Alexis Hamilton, our Education and Outreach Coordinator, is booking schools and performances to make sure that our 2013 tour is better than ever. We have returned to our pre-recession tour length in a fiscally responsible way. We are continuing to search for funding to maintain the overall reach of the tour.
With only 4 more months to go before that yellow truck leaves the Opera, we are finding singers and musicians that more accurately represent the more ethnically diverse audience we are reaching. This year, we add a Spanish version of our study materials. Portland Opera To Go continues to grow and learn, just like our audience.
See you at the show!
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