Michael Allen Harrison Winter Concert, 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, Columbia City Community Hall, 1850 Second St. in Columbia City. Tickets are $20 and available at City Hall, next to the Community Hall. All proceeds will benefit “Our Community Hall – A Legacy to Treasure.” Food and beverages, including beer and wine, sold separately during the event.
Michael Allen Harrison is a Columbia County favorite and a Columbia County tradition. He was once a regular performer at the summer concert series on the St. Helens waterfront.
“They changed management and went a different direction and I haven’t been asked back for a few years,” he said in a telephone interview from his Portland-area home and studio. “But I do get back a few times a year and I believe this is my third or fourth Christmas show in a row in Columbia City.”
Harrison promises all the classics of the season—“Charlie Brown Christmas,” “First Noel,” etc., he also plans to feature his newest music, an album of original compositions titled “Winter.”
“I have done 16 Christmas CD’s since 1984,” he said. “I wanted to do something that is inspired by the season of winter, a time that involves both Christmas and the solstice.”
There is one composition he says it not totally his, he calls it a collaboration with Chopin, an interpretation of a piece by the Polish master.
Harrison says one can get a taste of “Winter” by going to YouTube and searching his name and “Winter.”
The Columbia City program will be a solo performance by the pianist, now in his 44th year as a professional musician. It is a prelude to another tradition of his, an extended run in Portland at the Old Church, 22 nights from Dec. 12 to 26, called “Christmas at the Old Church.”
Those shows are not solo performances, but involve a number of special guest musicians who have been with Harrison for years, including Julianne Johnson, Haley Johnson, and Travis Johnson—none of whom are related. The shows are also an Oregon tradition and often sell out. Tickets are available at Harrison’s website, www.michaelallenharrison.com
Harrison says that he is excited to return to Columbia County and will be at the Columbia City show about an hour early to meet those attending and to sell his CD’s.
“I love it out there and am always treated well,” he said. “I like being a part of the community tradition and they are a part of my holidays as well.”