Harry's First Hundred Years

March 28, 2016 7pm

From Aretha to the Beatles, RoboCop to Andrew Lloyd Webber's original London production of Cats, Chariots of Fire to Queen Elizabeth awarding him an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for outstanding service in music, Harry Rabinowitz's remarkable musical career and love of adventure has earned him world renown, good fortune and a life that now spans the century mark. He turns 100 on March 26. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1916, Harry showed real talent on the piano at an early age and soon found work playing in Johannesburg jazz bands and teaching music students. Then in the late ‘30s, he discovered Europe and, as he says, the world has never been the same. He spent years as a conductor for the BBC radio and then conducting scores for iconic British and Hollywood film and television productions, notably a series of Merchant Ivory movies. Since the late 1990s, Harry and wife Mitzi have been Portlanders five months out of the year. They enjoy the many musical and cultural offerings of the Rose City, not the least of which is the abundance of beer and wine. Forty-five years ago, as an original member of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), Harry was among the first Brits to stand up and demand local, fresh and flavorful ales. For his big centennial bash, McMenamins has brewed him a very special ale to his specifications, which he drolly named "Harry's Downfall." Come join the celebration of Harry's 100th, listen to him talk of his century of musical expeditions.