THE MATTHEWS Presents Portland Cello Project, January 19, 2018

“It doesn’t get much more genre-crossing than this,” –

December 28, 2017

(SPEARFISH, SD  The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center hosts traveling cellist group, Portland Cello Project, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19. This is the fourth event of the 2017-18 Subscription Series season. Single tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth (18 and under) and BHSU students. They are available at The Matthews’ art gallery during business hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by phone at 605-642-7973. Buy tickets online anytime at

“This performance will feature cellos as you have never heard them before. Be prepared for an evening that will challenge your perceptions of the sounds and music that these stringed instruments can produce under the bows of talented musicians,” comments Sian Young, executive director of The Matthews. “You will find no other evening out like this in our area,” she continues.

The Portland Cello Project, or PCP as their fans affectionately call them, delivers a new show each performance, with a repertoire now numbering over 1,000 pieces you wouldn’t normally hear coming from a cello. PCP’s stage setup ranges from the very simple (4-6 cellos) to the all-out epic (which has included 12 cellos playing with full choirs, winds, horns, and numerous percussion players).

PCP has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances — from punk rock clubs to loading dock street parties, exclusive private events, and symphony halls all over North America. The group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go.

In the fall of 2006, a group of 10 cellists got on stage at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge to perform western classical music in an informal setting.

Many of the cellists that night thought it would only happen once.

But slowly that one-off event led to more gigs playing Portland’s most popular clubs and by 2009 the group had evolved into a nationally recognized performance and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists, releasing full-length albums, performing everywhere from punk rock clubs, loading dock street parties, and symphony halls all over North America. They spend more than a quarter of the year touring featuring a diverse repertoire of well over 1,000 pieces of music.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the South Dakota Arts Council and the Crane Group.

The next event at The Matthews is the continuation of the 39th Winter Art Show, from January 17-25, 2018. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit

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