Portland Cello Project 

Nov. 3, VAC

Equally capable of deep luscious atmosphere, ferocious staccato barrages, punchy funk blurbs and achingly beautiful melodies, the cello is arguably the greatest single acoustic musical instrument ever created. The Portland Cello Project is proof of that premise. In addition to original compositions, the independent orchestra takes on pieces as mainstream as Britney Spears' "Toxic," Outkast's "Hey-Ya" and even selections from Super Mario Bros. Instead of pop flotsam you can't purge from your brain, the selections become powerful musical explorations combining the lush atmosphere of an orchestra with the fire and drive of modern pop.

PCP has also collaborated with some of Portland, Ore.'s most established musicians, including Laura Gibson, Storm Large and the Dandy Warhols. Generally, PCP plays concert halls and ballrooms, but Boise will get a rare opportunity to see the group in a far more intimate environment.

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