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Annual Gala featuring Portland Cello Project

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Join the Kenworthy Board of Directors and Staff on September 27th at 8:00 PM for an extravagant evening of drinks and entertainment! This year the Kenworthy is bringing one of the Northwest’s most demanded acts, Portland Cello Project, back to the Kenworthy stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

 Portland Cello Project press portrait, March 2018. Photo by Jason Quigley

The Annual Gala is the Kenworthy’s biggest fundraiser of the year. 100% of all funds received through ticket sales, donations, and the raffles will go towards the general operating fund of the Kenworthy. This event allows the Kenworthy to continue offering high quality arts experiences throughout the year.

Doors will open at 7:00 PM, with entertainment starting at 8:00 PM. The social hour will include a no-host bar and beer and wine raffle; followed by a stunning stage show starring Portland Cello Project featuring Tyrone Hendrix (Prince, Stevie Wonder) on drums, and Farnell Newton (Bootsy Collins, George Clinton) on trumpet!

Doors @ 7:00 PM
Show @ 8:00 PM

$25/ General Admission

*Group rate available. For more information please e-mail Executive Director


About the Gala

The Annual Gala takes place the last Thursday of September each year. Funds raised go towards the general operating fund and directly supports the mission of the Kenworthy.

About Portland Cello Project
Since the group’s inception in late 2007, the Portland Cello Project (or, PCP, as their fans affectionately call them), has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances, everywhere from Prairie Home Companion, to that punk rock club in the part of town your grandma warns you not to go to after dark. The group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. No two shows are alike, with a repertoire now numbering over 800 pieces of music you wouldn’t normally hear coming out of a cello.

Portland Cello Project – Radiohead’s OK Computer 20th anniversary show at Revolution Hall – November 25, 2017. Photo by Jason Quigley

About the Infinite Variety show
An Infinite Variety performance will have everything from classical to jazz to pop to heavy metal to new music compositions and completely improvised works, all in an order as random as the weather of the Pacific Northwest. (I.e., if you don’t like what’s happening… just wait five minutes because it will change!) With over a thousand pieces of music in the repertoire to draw from, no two shows are alike, and every Infinite Variety musical journey engages the audience with clear, humorous and insightful narration from the stage to explain the musical choices that are made on each particular evening.

“Infinite Variety” has become the informal title of the prototypical Cello Project performance that has built the group’s reputation over the last ten years. The primary sources of the phrase (Pablo Casals and Shakespeare) relate so closely to the primary philosophies of Portland Cello Project: to bridge musical communities of all backgrounds together through the cello, and to find the timelessness and beauty in all musical forms whether or not they were initially imagined for the cello.


Date: September 27
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost: $25
Organizer Name: Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
Phone: 208-882-4127