PSC partners with six nonprofits to raise awareness of arts & social justice during the May 11 presentation of “A Child of Our Time”

Tickets are now available for this unique and important presentation of Michael Tippett’s rarely performed oratorio at

Six nonprofit organizations join with the Portland Symphonic Choir for this special presentation of Michael Tippett’s secular oratorio “A Child of Our Time.” Each of them are dedicated to furthering arts programs and social justice causes in the Portland metro area. They will be available at tables in the lobby prior to the start of the concert to provide information and interact with concert goers. They include:

  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education – The mission of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is to interpret the Oregon Jewish experience, explore the lessons of the Holocaust and foster intercultural conversations.
  • Young Audiences Arts for Learning or Oregon and SW Washington – Providing arts-in-education services to nearly 93,000 children in more than 220 schools each year.
  • PHAME PDX – PHAME inspires individuals with developmental disabilities to lead full, creative lives through arts education and performance.
  • Mercy Corps Northwest – Working together to build more just, productive and resilient communities in the Pacific NW.
  • Milagro Theater – Providing extraordinary Latino theatre, culture, and arts education experiences for the enrichment of all communities since 1985.
  • Portland Gay Men’s Chorus – Aspiring to expand, redefine, and perfect the choral art through eclectic performances that honor and uplift the gay community and affirm the worth of all people.

About A Child of Our Time:

Conscientious objector Michael Tippett wrote this work in the midst of WWII, and it was performed in 1944, months before the end of the war. The work, carefully laid out in three parts, was written in response to the events that led to Kristallnacht, the wave of anti-Jewish pogroms that began in 1938. Tippett examines the underlying themes that informed that event. He interweaves African American spirituals with references to the oratorios of Bach and Handel in a timeless work about human light and darkness, despair and hope, and the dreadful destruction of war.

The Oregon Jewish Museum has partnered with the Portland Symphonic Choir to curate a series of images that will be projected during the performance, adding a powerful visual component to the event. “We are thankful for OJM’s partnership on this project,” says Dr. Steven Zopfi, Artistic Director for the Portland Symphonic Choir. “We believe that the images will truly bring to life the experience the composer was living as he wrote the work, and will engage our community in a deeper understanding of social justice issues throughout time.”

Joining 140 members of the Portland Symphonic Choir onstage will be 49 members of the Portland Sinfonietta and four outstanding soloists, featuring soprano, Marlette Buchanan, bass-baritone Andre Flynn, tenor Carl Halvorson, and mezzo-soprano Angela Niederloh.

This project is funded in part by grants from The Collins Foundation, the Regional Arts & Cultural Council and Work for Art, and the Oregon Arts Commission.


About the Portland Symphonic Choir:

Since 1945, Portland Symphonic Choir has been singing the choral masterworks with excellence and passion. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Steven Zopfi, the 140 voices that make up the choir have achieved a reputation of excellence and dedication through creating powerful, accessible choral experiences for all kinds of music enthusiasts – from the experienced musician to the brand new listener.cropped-Slider-1-welcome1.jpg