In this virtual concert premiere, marimbist Mike Smith is joined by PCSO’s Mike Romanaggi and Craig Johnston and a few other friends – seven percussionists in all – for Ney Rosauro’s First Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble, selections from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and more.
Viewing links coming soon.MORE ABOUT MIKE
Michael Charles Smith is a marimba soloist, film/media composer, singer-songwriter, and teacher residing in Portland, Oregon. His compositions have been used in commercials and documentaries for companies like Uber, Google, Snapchat, Audi, Adidas, Subaru, Umpqua Bank, Allstate Insurance, Weight Watchers, Intel, and more. He currently works as the composer for One Hundred Seconds documentaries.
As an accomplished marimba soloist, Michael covers everything from Bach to Radiohead and Ray Charles to George Gershwin, making him a hit with listeners of all ages. He performs solo marimba for wedding ceremonies, country clubs, business conferences, vineyards, and private parties.
Michael is the owner of MarimbaLab, a company that teaches music abilities through arrangements of popular music for marimba. All arrangements are published and are played by marimba groups all over the country. Currently MarimbaLab runs classes at Riverdale Grade School and High School in Portland. Kids become published arrangers at the age of 10!
Michael studied at the University of Oregon with Charles Dowd and at Portland State University with Joel Bluestone. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Music.
Mike Smith’s chair is sponsored by Carol Colleen and Barbara & Craig Johnston
Mike is currently principal percussionist with Portland Columbia Symphony, where he’s been playing since 1990.
Mike holds a degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from the University of Oregon and a Master’s Degree from Lewis & Clark College. He has performed with Vancouver Symphony, Portland Opera, Portland Festival Symphony, Yaquina Bay Symphony, the Oregon Symphony Pops Orchestra, as well as the Tualatin Valley and Willamette Falls symphonies. Mike has also played drum set with various rock and blues groups around the Portland area.
Mike is a retired music teacher from Portland Public Schools. He enjoys working on his house, exercising at his athletic club, and traveling around the world.
Mike Romanaggi’s chair is sponsored by Dr. Don Romanaggi, in loving memory of Marie Romanaggi
Craig Johnston has been principal timpanist with Portland Columbia Symphony since 1991. He and his wife Barbara (PCSO’s principal cellist) also are founding members of the Newport Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of his musical career include playing for Gerhardt Samuel in the Bay Area Honor Orchestra as a student, for Michael Senturia and Igor Stravinsky at UC Berkeley, and with many other groups. A retired engineer, Craig is also a woodworker and a passionate cruising sailor, having sailed with Barbara extensively in the Northwest and made crossing of both the South Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Their two sons live in Seattle and Los Angeles.
Craig Johnston’s chair is sponsored by Col. Mary J. Mayer, USAF (Ret.) and George & Susan Stonecliffe