PCSO’s Michael Charles Smith, Mike Romanaggi, Craig Johnston and a few of our friends perform Mozart’s haunting Lacrimosa, Elgar’s beloved Nimrod, Smith’s own “Water” (featuring stunning visuals by Kenton Nelson and Erwin Darmali) and Ney Rosauro’s virtuosic Concerto No. 1 for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble. See for yourself the many – and at times surprising – sides of percussion!
Michael Charles Smith
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