The eclectic string wizards in Portland Cello Project have played all types of venues in this town over the past couple of years, from a chatty bar at McMenamins to the stately Tower Theatre to the intimate North Rim Lodge.
But none, perhaps, as expansive as the Summit High School auditorium, where the group will perform Saturday night to benefit Summit’s music department.
PCP is not just any cello group, of course. These classically trained musicians bounce easily from Bach and Beethoven to ABBA and Guns N’ Roses to Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Their covers of modern pop music have been YouTube sensations, but PCP — with its 800-plus-piece repertoire — is equally comfortable playing the kind of music you expect out of cellos, too.
Saturday’s “For the Love of Music” event will feature not only the concert, but also a silent auction, desserts and coffee, and performances by Summit student musicians. The school’s Friends of Music group will direct funds raised toward improving lighting and sound quality of the auditorium’s stage.
“For the Love of Music” with Portland Cello Project; 7 p.m. Saturday, doors open 6 p.m.; $15 in advance at Tate & Tate (541-706-9317) and C.E. Lovejoy’s (541-388-1188) in Bend, $15 plus fees in advance at www.bendticket.com, $20 at the door; Summit High School, 22855 N.W. Clearwater Drive, Bend; www.friendsofmusic-shs.org.