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New Outdoor Performance Venue Opens on Marylhurst Campus

For Release: May 24, 2012

Music will fill the Marylhurst University campus in mid-June to mark the dedication of the Lajos Balogh Performance Shell, a new outdoor performance venue.

The kick-off concert Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. features Portland songwriter and pianist Michael Allen Harrison with Julianne Johnson, along with the dynamic Oregon-based quintet 3 Leg Torso. The concert is free and open to the public.

The new performance shell was donated to the university by longtime Marylhurst music faculty member and Marylhurst Symphony conductor Lajos Balogh. Balogh, who spent 37 years as a violinist with the Oregon Symphony, founded the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, which now offers 500 musicians the opportunity to perform in 11 different orchestras, bands and ensembles, and the Portland Festival Symphony, which presents free classical music concerts in metro-area parks throughout the summer.

"Lajos Balogh has been a treasured member of our faculty and our larger Marylhurst community for 45 years, and we are so grateful he has given us such a beautiful new performance space on our campus," said Judi Johansen, Marylhurst University president. "He has spent an entire lifetime teaching and inspiring musicians young and old, and bringing the joy of music to our community. This new performance shell honors his lifelong commitment to the arts, and we are excited to share this new space with the community."

Those attending the free concert on June 13 are encouraged to bring a blanket, beach or lawn chair, and a picnic dinner. Food and beverages also will be available for purchase. For more information about the June 13 dedication concert, call the Marylhurst University events line at 503.534.4075 or visit

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,900 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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