BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.1355@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20070429T000000Z DTEND:20070429T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong>Oregon Nikkei Endowment Presents Benefit Performance by Thomas Lauderdale</strong>\n\nOn Sunday\, April 29\, 2007\, 3:30 p.m. the Oregon Nikkei Endowment will present a live performance by pianist Thomas Lauderdale\, founder and artistic director of the internationally acclaim ed Portland-based musical ensemble\, <a href="http://www.pinkmartini.com/" >Pink Martini</a>. Proceeds from this performance\, also featuring <em>kot o</em> artist Masumi Timson and members of <a href="http://www.portlandtai ko.org/">Portland Taiko</a>\, will benefit the projects of the Oregon Nikk ei Endowment\, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and the Japanese American H istorical Plaza. The afternoon performance will take place at the First Un itarian Church\, 1211 SW Main Street\, in Portland. General Admission tick ets are available at $35 per person and $32 for groups of 10 or more. Prem ium "Patron" tickets at $50 per person include reserved seating and an aft er-performance reception with the artists in the church social hall from 5 :00 – 6:00 p.m.\n\nFunds raised through the event will support the proje cts of Oregon Nikkei Endowment\, a tax-exempt non-profit organization crea ted to preserve and share the history and culture of Japanese Americans fr om the late 1800s through the World War II-era internment of persons of Ja panese descent\, and beyond. The two main projects of the Oregon Nikkei En dowment are the Japanese American Historical Plaza located at the Tom McCa ll Waterfront Park in Portland\, Oregon\, and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Cen ter in the Historic Merchant Hotel building\, poised in the heart of what was once Portland’s Japantown\, or <em>Nihonmachi</em>. From this facili ty\, which was expanded in 2004\, ONLC presents exhibitions and a robust a rray of cultural history and community engagement programs. The organizati on is committed to the preservation of civil rights for all Americans and serves as a venue for cultural and research activities and a resource for the exploration of the experiences of Japanese Americans and their role in Oregon's multi-cultural communities.\n\nThomas Lauderdale exhibited a uni que talent for music at the age of six and was classically trained as a pi anist. He has appeared with the Oregon Symphony\, the Seattle Symphony\, C hamber Music Northwest and the Oregon Ballet and has given recitals in Bos ton and New York. With Pink Martini\, Lauderdale has garnered an internati onal audience through two very successful albums and tours that have taken the group to Europe\, the Middle East and Asia as well as numerous U.S. a ppearances with major American orchestras including the Los Angeles Philha rmonic at its grand opening of the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003. P ink Martini has delighted U.S. and international audiences with a repertoi re that melds the dance rhythms of Cuba\, classical chamber music and the energy of a Brazilian street band. Pink Martini will release its third alb um\, <em>Hey Eugene!</em>\, on May 15.\n\nTickets for the benefit performa nce are available from Brown Paper Tickets at <a href="http://www.brownpap ertickets.com/event/13695">brownpapertickets.com</a> or 1.800.838.3006 (ti cket service charge applies) or by contacting the Oregon Nikkei Endowment at 503/224-1458 or <a>onlc@oregonnikkei.org</a>. To order group (10+) tick ets\, please call 503-224-1458.\n[inline:Lauderdale card_Page_1.jpg]\n\nOr egon Nikkei Legacy Center\n121 NW 2nd Avenue\nPortland\, OR 97209\n503-22 4-1458\n<a href="http://www.oregonnikkei.org/">www.oregonnikkei.org</a>\n< a>onlc@oregonnikkei.org</a> SUMMARY:Thomas Lauderdale in Concert to Benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment URL:/en/events/2007/04/29/thomas-lauderdale-in-concert-to-benefit-oregon-ni k/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR