The Boston Pops Orchestra has been classing up popular music, giving it the snazzy orchestral treatment since 1885. Recently, it even started inviting contemporary pop acts like Elvis Costello, Ben Folds and My Morning Jacket to perform onstage, sandwiched between the violins, trombones and xylophones.
Portland Cello Project is the indie version of Boston Pops. Comprised of anywhere from eight to 16 cellists, PCP, as the group is known to fans, makes classical cello music accessible to the rock 'n' roll masses. PCP performs covers of chart-topping singles--like Kanye West's "All of the Lights" off his new hit release My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy or Britney Spears' "Toxic"--and invites Portland, Ore., indie luminaries like Horse Feathers, Thao Nguyen, The Dandy Warhols and members of the Decemberists to play alongside the band.
Portland Cello Project will make an appearance at Visual Arts Collective with celebrated Portland folkstress Laura Gibson on Saturday, Feb. 26. Gibson's ethereal vocals and softly plucked guitar will no doubt get a jolt of welling cello badassitude from PCP.