Portland Symphony’s “Lullaby Project” for expectant mothers

Posted on: November 25, 2014

An unsigned item in Monday’s (11/24) Bangor Daily News (Maine) reports that the Portland Symphony Orchestra has launched a $15,000 campaign to fund the Portland Lullaby Project, designed to “help 10 new or expecting mothers by partnering them with five PSO musicians and two local songwriters to write personal lullabies for their children. PSO Director of Education and Community Engagement Rose Kue said the organization wants this project to be community driven.… Kue said music is a resource for families.… New York composer Tom Cabaniss will conduct a lullaby writing workshop, with the goal of 10 simple lullabies coming from journal entries the participating mothers work on with case managers and support staff at Opportunity Alliance and Maine Medical Partners. A local composer will then arrange the lullabies for small ensembles…. Created by Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, Lullaby ‘is a creative experience that helps young women and their partners imagine themselves as parents,’ according to the project’s Kickstarter page.… The final songs will be performed at a free community concert on May 7, 2015, at Port City Music Hall, in advance of Mother’s Day.” More background about Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project is available here.

Posted November 25, 2014

Pictured: Lullaby Project participant at New York’s Jacobi Medical Center, January 2013. Photo courtesy of Carnegie Hall