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October 10, 2018 by Amara Fehring

Portland Cello Project comes to CWC

Arts in Action and Central Wyoming College will host the Portland Cello Project on October 15 at 7pm in the Robert A. Peck arts center theater. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for youth and seniors.

Sharon Dalton, one of the founding members of Arts in Action said the membership of Arts in Action is excited to bring these extremely talented musicians to the community.


The combination of cellos, brass, percussion, and vocals results in music that is uniquely interesting and beautiful. ”

Sharon Dalton, CWC music professor

Portland’s premiere alt-classical group brings a huge, orchestral ensemble (including brass, percussion, and guest vocals by Patti King of the Portland band The Shins) to perform a night in homage to Radiohead. Expect an evening of unique renditions of classical Radiohead pieces that wander from truly epic to breathtakingly intimate.

OK, Computer is a historic album that has proven throughout the years to yield an infinite variety of artistic inspiration to people of all walks of life. Cello Project first performed the record in its entirety in 2012 for the 15th anniversary of the album’s release, and ever since then, pieces of it have remained in the group’s repertoire as constantly evolving musical meditations.

“The fact that they are covering Radiohead is an added bonus and extends the appeal to a wider audience,” Dalton said. “We would love to see more young people and really just people, in general attend the fantastic performers we bring in each year.”

All of the cellists in the group are classically trained, and yet, all of them seem to find a unique connection between Radiohead and their musical foundation. The deep layers of sonic ecstasy are reminiscent to all of the so much late-19th-century music of the Western Classical Tradition, but beyond that, each of the cellists have worked to bring out subtleties they discover that hint at everything from Bach counterpoint at times, to rhythms they initially learned counting and performing Stravinsky.

To get tickets for the Portland Cello Project or for more information, contact the box office at (307) 855-2002 or visit