Support SOLO / Portland Piano International and You Could Eat Well


Now that we’re in the middle of the season of giving, I wanted to point you to one ask that is particularly relevant to those of us who like live music and eating delicious food. This is a collaboration between SOLO / Portland Piano International and three of Portland’s great chefs: Greg Higgins (Higgins Restaurant and Bar), Vitaly Paley (Headwaters), and David Machado (Nel Centro). It involves supporting the arts and a chance to have an amazing meal. 

Full disclosure: SOLO / Portland Piano International is a client of mine, but I am writing about this offer with no financial compensation because I believe in their mission and this opportunity. I was, after all, a working classical musician for many years. 

Basically, if you make a gift of any size to SOLO / Portland Piano International by December 31, 2017 you will be entered into the drawing for one of the three gift certificates to Higgins, Headwaters, or Nel Centro restaurants. Winners will be announced in January 2018.

The chefs are great supporters of the arts and understand the significance that SOLO / Portland Piano International carries in the Portland performing arts scene. Here’s their message:

A great meal is like great music. It takes creativity, practice and talent.

So, we three chefs urge you to consider making a significant gift to SOLO / Portland Piano International. We support the arts and, as artists ourselves, we know a little something about crafting delicious food to nourish your body and your soul. Yes, music and food hath charms….

For years, SOLO / Portland Piano International and our restaurants have served Portlanders and beyond. Our audiences overlap, and as chefs and business owners, we thank you for your patronage.

You know the music, you know our food, and you know the thrill of the anticipation every time you sit down for a fine meal or a SOLO piano performance. Each time, the knowledge, skill and passion are evident.

Thank you for joining us in supporting the arts. Season’s Greetings and we hope to see you soon!

Portland Piano International, now in its 40th year of operation, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so your gift is fully tax deductible.

I’ve attended two recitals in the 2017-18 season, and the SOLO series performances have been phenomenal. Plus the organization supports a Rising Stars concert series; a Commissioning Project for new works for piano; educational outreach to piano students; professional development for current piano teachers; and the hugely successful Piano Day, which celebrates the instrument on the 88th day of the year and spreads the joy of live piano music across Portland. It is a vital component of the greater Portland arts world.


The incredible piano duo of Christina and Michelle Naughton, who performed in Portland last weekend as part of the SOLO recital series.

You might consider giving $50, $100, $250, $500 or more, but really—no gift is too small (or too large!). You can also choose to make a monthly recurring gift, which then makes you a member of the Sostenuto Society.

As a lover of music, a classically trained harpsichordist, and as someone who appreciates the combination of music and food, I urge you to consider a gift to SOLO / Portland Piano International, a 40-year old Portland institution. Plus you get a chance to win a great meal. What could be better? Thank you for your consideration.

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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.

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4 Replies to “Support SOLO / Portland Piano International and You Could Eat Well”

  1. What a wonderful cause to spotlight – I had no idea they did so much for the community and have been doing so for 40 years! I especially appreciate that they commission work and reach out to both students and teachers

  2. It’s great to see that the restaurants recognize how their food and the arts overlap, and have come together to support SOLO/Portland Piano International!

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