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University of Portland Orchestra and Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland in Concert, April 20 & 23

University of Portland Orchestra will be joined by the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland for two performances in a joint concert entitled “Light out of Shadow.” The two performances will be held on Saturday, April 20 in All Saints Parish, 3847 NE Glisan and Tuesday, April 23 in Buckley Center Auditorium on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Both performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for both events are $15 for adults in advance ($18 at the door), seniors are $12 in advance ($15 at the door), and students are $10 in advance ($12 at the door.) For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, call 503-488-3834 or email

Tickets for the April 23rd concert on campus are free to University of Portland employees and students with valid ID at the door.

The concert will feature the combined groups performing Morten Lauridsen's dramatic "Lux Aeterna,” as well as the University of Portland Orchestra performing Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5. 

“The struggle from darkness to light represents so much of the human condition,” said David De Lyser, music director and conductor. “Our hope in this concert is to take the audience on some of those journeys.”

The Choral Arts Ensemble will open the concert with works by Randall Thompson and Pete Seeger, among others, exploring darkness to light in terms of oppression, justice and salvation.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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