Under The Overpass

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

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All of Portland is a stage in Resonance Ensemble’s new digital concert series, Under the Overpass. Beginning in the summer of 2020, artists were filmed in acoustic spaces under Portland’s famous bridges — six feet apart, masked, and yet making music together. 

On Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 PM, Resonance will release its third episode of the series, with Resonance singers joined by the singers of Kingdom Sound Gospel Ensemble, and pianist David Saffert, in a dynamic arrangement of “Bridge over Troubled Water” filmed in Cathedral Park under the St. John’s Bridge. 

Watch this world premiere for free at home on any device. For more info, sign up at resonancechoral.org and subscribe to the RE YouTube channel.


About Under the Overpass: 

Because of the pandemic, Resonance and other arts organizations have had to cancel or postpone in-person performances, including Damien Geter’s eagerly anticipated An African American Requiem with the Oregon Symphony. Resonance has embraced the opportunity to reimagine its 2020-2021 season, Normal Never Was, which includes Under the Overpass as well as brand-new commissions highlighting timely social issues. 

Each video in the Under the Overpass series showcases a different bridge in Portland. The performances, which are no more than six minutes long, are released and then archived on the organization’s YouTube channel for free, with a complete presentation of all the episodes available worldwide in June 2021.

The artists in each video worked with filmmaker Kenton Waltz and production company Oh! Creative to execute their vision. No longer confined to indoor theater venues, the film crew scouted spaces that could offer natural stage elements that allowed for singers to sing masked and six feet apart, yet still create an artistic moment on film. Each video on the series illustrates how art moves forward, despite current challenges. 

“Because of the pandemic, we have had to be more imaginative and creative in how we present our work,” says Resonance Ensemble Artistic Advisor Damien Geter. “This series explores what art looks like in this new world.”


Under the Overpass Episode Details: 

Episode 1 (the pilot project) was released on YouTube in October, with four more set to unfold throughout the season. Viewers can view each episode as it premieres for free on Resonance Ensemble’s website and YouTube channel. To be the first to receive the announcement, sign up for the mailing list at resonancechoral.org.


Oct 28, 2020—Episode 1: Hawthorne Bridge (pilot project)

Four Resonance singers fight through a windy summer evening under the Hawthorne Bridge to perform a wistful version of Dr. Ysaye Barnwell’s “Wanting Memories.” 


Nov 19, 2020—Episode 2: Ross Island Bridge with Kingdom Sound Gospel Choir

Acclaimed artist Onry joins singers from Kingdom Sound and Resonance, along with pianist David Saffert, under the trestles of the Ross Island Bridge, to perform a stunning rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” 


Jan 27, 2021—Episode 3: St. Johns Bridge with Kingdom Sound Gospel Choir

A Resonance octet sings a dynamic version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” under the St. Johns Bridge at Cathedral Park. 


April 28, 2021—Episode 4: North Portland with Third Angle New Music

Resonance collaborates with Third Angle New Music to present a sneak peek at Darrell Grant’s yet-to-be-premiered jazz opera Sanctuaries, under a bridge in North Portland.


May 27, 2021 — Episode 5: Tillikum Crossing Bridge

The series will culminate in the world premiere of a new commission by Damien Geter for a Resonance octet, to be performed under the Tillikum Crossing Bridge.


June 30, 2021—A special full viewing of the entire series


BECOME A SEASON SUPPORTER! In lieu of traditional subscription packages, Resonance is asking those who are able to support Resonance in whatever amount they can. The contributions of our Season Supporters bring timely new musical works to life, for free, for global audiences. Supporters can receive incentives including branded masks, T-shirts, and special invitations to exclusive events, including a behind-the-scenes seat at the filming of the final episode of Under the Overpass.

“We realize that times are hard for so many, and that art is a fundamental right that should be available to everyone—especially now,” says Resonance Artistic Director Katherine FitzGibbon. “It is our hope that those who can will join us to support the new, pivotal works Resonance is producing, that is being created and performed by artists who are responding to these times. I am excited to see what the future brings for all of us.”

For more information about Under the Overpass and to become a Season Supporter, visit resonancechoral.org or contact RE’s Box Office, (503) 427-8701. 

Special thanks to our sponsors Ronni Lacroute, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Miller Foundation, Collins Foundation, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and to our individual donors.