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Oregon Symphony partners with Portland Homeless Family Solutions and local singer-songwriters to create personal lullabies

March 23, 2018

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The Oregon Symphony and Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS) have partnered on the Lullaby Project, an innovative program launched by Carnegie Hall in New York in which mothers who are experiencing homelessness come together with musicians to write, record, and perform lullabies for their children.

Through music and songwriting, the Lullaby Project supports maternal health, aids in child development, and strengthens the bond between parent and child. Musicians from the Oregon Symphony, along with local singer-songwriters such as Storm Large and Edna Vazquez, have collaborated with mothers and PHFS in a three-month process of personal exploration and creativity.  

“Music has incredible power to unite, inspire, educate, and heal,” said Scott Showalter, President of Oregon Symphony. “We are proud to initiate this program in Portland and to partner with our neighbors.”

The lullabies are being written in a close, collaborative process between the mothers and the songwriters which began in February. During the creative sessions the songwriters are working one-on-one to capture each mother’s personal story and hopes and dreams for the future with their child. The lullabies are then arranged and professionally recorded. These recordings will be shared with the moms and their kids at a CD sharing session on April 11. The collection will also be made available to the public for free digital download on the Oregon Symphony and PHFS websites.

The project culminates in a live performance of each lullaby at a special celebration concert on April 26at The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th. This concert of the lullabies will be free and open to the public, but seating is limited and tickets must be pre-arranged online at www.orsymphony.org.

“The lullabies being co-created by the musicians and these moms who are experiencing homelessness are deep, heartfelt, and joyful. A true display of the power of music and collaboration. I can’t wait for them to share their songs with us,” said Brandi Tuck, executive director of Portland Homeless Family Solutions.

This project is part of a greater effort by the Symphony to bring awareness to these timely community issues – immigration, the environment, and homelessness - through its Sounds of Home series. The focus on homelessness culminates in performances by violinist Joshua Bell on May 12- 14 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Included in that concert will be a newly commissioned work by Gabriel Kahane, highlighting the many challenges of the growing epidemic of homelessness in our society.

For more information on the Lullaby Project, the Joshua Bell concert and the entire Symphony season, go to www.orsymphony.org.


Contact: Scott Gallagher, 503-957-7545, sgallagher@gardcommunications.com


The Grammy-nominated Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras. Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, it serves over 300,000 people annually through more than 110 concerts and through its award-winning education and community engagement programs. Now in its 122nd year, the Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi.

An unprecedented 2016/17 Season broke records in virtually every category, drawing historic attendance and revenue. These numbers were propelled by a 20% increase in the number of classical concerts, three groundbreaking SoundSights concerts, and the broadest-ever range of repertoire. Its 2017/18 Season builds on this success in a trailblazing new series, The Sounds of Home, which combines music and art to reflect on three critical issues in our community – immigration, the environment, and homelessness.