Posted on October 4, 2019

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With thoughtful, thematic programs, Resonance Ensemble promotes meaningful social change by amplifying voices that have long been silenced. This professional vocal ensemble is committed to creating concerts that highlight diverse solo and choral voices, new and underrepresented composers, a diversity of art forms, and community partners.

Resonance vocalists can sing in a wide variety of vocal colors and in multiple languages, with nuanced intonation and outstanding musicianship. In each performance, the ensemble’s brilliant tone, stylistic versatility, and musical expressivity give voice to the concerns, hopes, and dreams of all communities.

Resonance Ensemble enters its 11th year with the 2019-2020 season, “Programming with Purpose.” The ensemble will perform powerful new repertoire that brings people together to make music, gain new perspectives, and be moved by our shared humanity. Each concert will also feature a reading of one original new poem by S. Renee Mitchell, Resonance Ensemble’s Poet in Residence.

In honor of World Mental Health Day, Resonance begins its new season this October with the show “Beautiful Minds,” focusing on the perspectives of people living with mental illness. The program will illustrate the stories of individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, and trauma, challenging the audience to reduce the stigma of mental illness and support those who are battling it. The concert will feature the world premiere of Portland composer Brandon Stewart’s Alone and the U.S. premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Scenes Scenes from Unremembered, as well as a Sonic Meditation by Pauline Oliveros, Please Stay by Jake Runestad, One Atom of Faith by Lisa Bielawa, O Oriens by Melissa Dunphy, and an excerpt from the hit musical Next to Normal. It will be an intellectually stimulating, emotionally moving concert.

“Beautiful Minds” performances will also connect community members with mental health resources in the local Portland area, through Resonance Ensemble’s partnerships with Trillium Family Services and its KEEP OREGON WELL campaign, as well as the Oregon chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. These two local organizations are dedicated to improving the quality of life for Oregonians living with mental illness.

Beautiful Minds will be at 7:30 PM on October 5th and at 4:00 PM October 6th at Cerimon House (5131 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland). More information about Resonance Ensemble and the concerts of its “Programming with Purpose” season at or at 503.427-8701

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Resonance Ensemble performs the concert “Bodies” in June 2018 at Cerimon House (PHOTOGRAPHER: Kenton Waltz)

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Poet in Residence S. Renee Mitchell addresses the audience at a Resonance Ensemble performance – (PHOTOGRAPHER: Rachel Hadiashar)

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A summer 2019 concert, “Intensive Care” at Cerimon House (PHOTOGRAPHER: Rachel Hadiashar)

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Katherine FittzGibbon, Artistic Director, speaks during a Resonance rehearsal (PHOTOGRAPHER: Rachel Hadiashar)