Sounds of Home Calendar

Explore these events related to the topics of immigration, the environment, and homelessness, presented by Sounds of Home partner organizations across the community.




Past Events

October 19–November 12, 2017

Milagro | Exodo

Inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead and recent refugee stories, the living and the dead seek safety and peace in a new home.

November 4–26, 2017

Portland Center Stage | Mojada

A retelling of Medea seen through the lens of immigrants to the United States by playwright Luis Alfaro.

November 4–6, 2017

Oregon Symphony | Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Delight in Gershwin’s legendary work, with its jazzy riffs and clarinet wails, while also exploring the topic of immigration and the American Identity. 

November 10–12, 2017

Portland State Chamber Choir | The First Tears

Erik Esenvalds comes to Portland with his epic composition The First Tears: a stunning setting of the Native American legend of The Raven and the Whale.

November 11, 2017

Literary Arts | Border Crossing: Poetry and Place

Exploring borders of all kinds, including political boundaries and what we leave behind when we cross these borders. 

November 12, 2017

Metropolitan Youth Symphony | Music of the Americas

Works fitting the theme of immigration by George Gershwin and Gabriela Lena Frank, plus selections from Sounds of Home partner Mariachi Una Voz.

November 18–19, 2017

Audubon Society of Portland | Wild Arts Festival

Celebrate nature in art and books at the 2017 Wild Arts Festival benefiting the Audubon Society of Portland.

November 19, 2017

Portland Center Stage | Immigration Symposium

With Catholic Charities. Community facilitators will share their knowledge and connect their work in immigration and immigrant rights to Mojada.

November 27, 2017

BRAVO | D’Rivera with D’Rivera Winds

BRAVO plays alongside Cuban emigré Paquito D’Rivera (namesake of their first ensemble), Darrell Grant, and the PSU Big Band. 

December 16–17, 2017

Cappella Romana | A Byzantine Christmas

Exhilarating Byzantine chants in Greek, Arabic, and English. Featuring Lebanon-born guest soloist, Rev’d Deacon John (Rassem) El Massih.

January 13–15, 2018

Oregon Symphony | Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Experience Stravinsky’s masterpiece, still as fresh, wild, and primal today as it was 100 years ago, while also exploring the topic of the environment.

January 20–February 18, 2018

Artists Repertory Theatre | Magellanica

In 1985, scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out, among other things, if there really is a hole in the sky. 

February 6, 2018

Oregon Symphony | Musical Reflections of Oregon’s Ecosystem

A free community event that explores the diversity and wonder found in Oregon’s natural environment.

February 24–May 20, 2018

Portland Art Museum | Common Ground

Photographs by Fazal Sheikh from 1989–2013, drawing attention to the displaced around the world

March 4, 2018

Metropolitan Youth Symphony | Arabian Nights

The world premiere of an overture by MYS violinist and composer Katie Palka tells a story of the environment.

March 9, 2018

Chamber Music Northwest | Curtis on Tour

Rising-star artists perform music composed by first-generation Americans: Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin.

April 21–22, 2018

Oregon Repertory Singers | Israel in Egypt

Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” for double choir and orchestra recounts the Passover story, one of the oldest immigration stories known to man.

May 12–14, 2018

Oregon Symphony | Joshua Bell

The world’s most famous violinist performs Bernstein’s Serenade, described as a “love piece” by the composer, on a program exploring the topic of homelessness.

May 3–26, 2018

Milagro | Watsonville: Some Place Not Here

Working Chicana women fight against unfair wages, persecution based on citizenship status, and threats to their families’ safety.