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Shadow and Light, an Alzheimer’s Journey

Portland Premiere

Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 3 PM
Sunday, September 29, 2019 | 3 PM

First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, OR 97201

“Shadow and Light, an Alzheimer’s Journey” by Northwest composer, Joan Szymko is an important and compassionate look into lives touched by Alzheimer’s disease. Szymko’s work for choir, solo voices and orchestra is an “expression of the enduring love that prevails when all else — all words, all memory, all physical function —  fails.”

Watch The Story of Shadow & Light, award-winning documentary by AO Films.

Read Ethan Sperry’s Program Notes.

Read about or Guest Artists.

Audience Reviews are in!

“One of the most memorable and overwhelming concerts in my 20 years of attending ORS concerts.”

“It was personal for me and there was hardly a dry eye in the house. The subject matter was beautifully put to words and music. I hope the program and music receive the attention it deserves with future performances.”

“Most beautiful and moving concert we’ve ever attended. It was beyond excellent.”

“Thank you ORS for taking up the challenge to put on this amazing work – giving voice to the unacknowledged experience of so many so far, and so many to come.”


A message from Maria Shriver…

A special thank you to our “Shadow and Light” supporters:


Duane and Barb McDougall
Michelle Giguere
Shamrock Trust
Missy Vaux
Ben Hickman
Lisa Generaux
Naomi Morton
Diana Farmer
Dinah Dodds
Susan Stringer
Sandra Russill
Brittany Tiffany
Jan Schaeffer
David and Charlotte Corkran
Emily Cohen
Leroy Hemingway
Nora McLaughlin
Rebecca Porter
Peter Vandenbosch and Marilyn Howe
Melody Boyce
Patricial Sipowicz
Carolyn Miye
Brenda Ray Scott
Tuck Willson
Amy Brittan
Susan Kelly
Ardis Kowit and Susan Maks
Kathleen MacNaughten
Christopher and Michael Mele-Wagner
Maureen Bray
Lyndon Wilson Jr.
Missy Hall
Susan Hall
Science on Tap

Thank you to our Concert Supporter:

Fitzwater Law