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2/9/2009 Portland Cello Project to benefit Linfield student program

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McMINNVILLE – The Portland Cello Project, along with two Portland soloists, will be featured in a benefit concert for the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program at Linfield College.

The concert will be held Friday, Feb. 20, at 8:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. The Portland Cello Project will collaborate with Portland musicians Adam Shearer of the band Weinland and Laura Gibson, a 2001 graduate of Linfield College.

The Portland Cello Project is a group of classically trained musicians who perform classical pieces as well as popular and novelty pieces. The cello ensemble has a deep-rooted philosophy of building a stronger music community that has led them to collaborative performances with Portland musicians such as Horse Feathers, The Dandy Warhols and The Builders and The Butchers. Last year, the group independently produced an LP featuring collaborations with Gibson, Weinland, Loch Lomond, 3 Leg Torso, a Cover of Toxic, Manuel De Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and others.

Since 2004, Linfield students and staff have volunteered more than 4,000 hours with local, national and global non-profit organizations through the college's ASB program. During a week-long service immersion, ASB participants engage in community service while learning about pressing social and environmental issues and gaining valuable leadership skills. In March, 44 service ambassadors will travel to Portland, New Orleans and Guatemala, where they will serve with community agencies dedicated to addressing housing inequity and homelessness.

Last year, Renata Tirta, Linfield senior and ASB co-leader for the Portland Homeless Plunge, learned that service is mutually beneficial when she volunteered with a Navajo Nation school in Tuba City, Ariz.

"I was able to see the direct impact that my service had on the people, the children and the community that I worked with throughout the week,” she said. “The best kind of service also benefits you. It's a very fulfilling experience to know that you can make a change in someone's life."

Tickets, which are available at the door, are $15 for general admission and $10 for Linfield students. For advance ticket sales, call 503-883-2636 or email For more information, contact Tirta at or Jessica Wade, Linfield community service coordinator, at 503-883-2636 or