PORTLAND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

THE INTIMATE SYMPHONY WITH INFINITE IMAGINATION

RECENT PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


THE SPIRIT OF YOUTH

The constantly evolving, ever changing, and yet forever optimistic spirit of youth is celebrated by this concert.  

CONCERTO NO. 1 IN C MINOR FOR PIANO, TRUMPET AND STRINGS.......................... DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

Raley Schweinfurth, Piano

In the words of noted Shostakovich authority, Elizabeth Wilson, the “circus-world” evoked in this piano concerto returns each time with a vengeance as Shostakovich,“manifests the daring and high spirits of youth”

"LITTLE RED SHOES"………....MARINA LABOSSIER (FILMMAKER) 

Portland Chamber Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the International Youth Silent Film Festival in Portland under the leadership of Jon Palanuk.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK............GRIGORY FRID
 

Ani Maldjian, Soprano

Frid’s musical interpretation uses the literal text of Anne Frank. This one act chamber opera-monodrama, comprised of a series of chapters or so called “entries” from her journal, takes the listener through a two year span of life that demonstrates how many children, fraught with adversity, can grow up so quickly to become mature human beings.

 

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 7:30 PM
Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 3:00 PM
Lewis and Clark College, Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Portland


The PCO celebrated Valentine's Day 2015 with the world’s most romantic voice! Acclaimed baritones Rocky Blumhagen and Ron Spivak presented a special edition of their two-man Broadway revue featuring some of musical theatre’s most impassioned ballads by Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, Michael Valenti and many others. The program included seductive selections from Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, A Little Night Music, The Pajama Game, and La Cage aux Folles (to name just a few).

 

Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:30 PM
Union High School, Camas WA

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 7:30 PM
Liberty Theater, Astoria

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 3:00 PM
Lewis and Clark College, Agnes Flanagan Chapel 


G. F. Handel's MESSIAH / JUDAS MACCABEUS

The Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland offered their first ecumenical holiday concert in a performance of both the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” and selections from the oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus."  “Messiah” is one of Christendom’s most hallowed works and “Judas Maccabeus” is a work based on the story of Chanukah.  In its day, ”Judas Maccabaeus” was one of the most popular of Handel’s Oratorios.  Handel’s score mingles passionate mourning, pious gratitude to the heroic defenders of the nation, ardent apostrophe of liberty, triumphant hymn and fanfare. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7:30 PM
St. Henry Catholic Church, Gresham

Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM
St. Matthew Catholic Church, Hillsboro
with the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM
St Andrew Catholic Church, Portland

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:00 PM
Lewis and Clark College, Agnes Flanagan Chapel


Courtney Ruckman, soprano
Sarah Mattox, mezzo soprano
Les Green, tenor
Charles Robert Stephens, bass/baritone

CHORAL ARTS ENSEMBLE
David De Lyser, Artistic Director/Conductor

Courtney Ruckman, soprano

Courtney Ruckman, soprano

Sarah Mattox, mezzo

Sarah Mattox, mezzo

Les Green, tenor

Les Green, tenor

Charles Robert Stephens, bass / baritone

Charles Robert Stephens, bass / baritone

Choral Arts Ensemble

Choral Arts Ensemble

David DeLyser, Director / Conductor

David DeLyser, Director / Conductor


STRINGS ATTACHED

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:30 PM
Union High School, Camas, WA

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3:00 PM
Lewis and Clark College, Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Portland, OR

 

CARL NIELSEN
Little Suite

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Piano Concerto in D minor 
(In memory of Mary Tooze)
Chad Heltzel, Piano

NEY ROSAURO
Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra
Brett Pascal, marimba

ERNST BLOCH
Concerto Grosso No.2

 

"If music were to assume human form and explain its essence, it may say something like this: '...I love the vast surface of silence; and it is my chief delight to break it.'" — Carl Nielsen

Brett Pascal, marimba

Brett Pascal, marimba

Chad Heltzel, piano

Chad Heltzel, piano


Pictures at an Exhibition

May 2014  |  Lewis and Clark College, Portland

Maestro Yaacov Bergman presented two different versions of the Mussorgsky piano suite, by Julian Yu and Yaron Gottfried, bringing contemporary interpretations to Mussorgsky's most famous piano composition. Two fascinating arrangements of Mussorgsky's masterpiece, paired with projected images of Victor Hartmann's original pictures that inspired Mussorgsky. Also featuring an original dance film created for this performance, by Peter de Grasse and Tiffany Fish; and soloists Yaron Gottfried, Piano; David Captein,  Bass; and Gary Hobbs,  Drums. 

Poster artwork by Liz Gill Neilson, after Victor Hartmann


Violinist Lindsay Deutsch and Pianist Dick Hyman

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch and Pianist Dick Hyman

All That Jazz!

March 2012 | Venetian Theatre, Hillsboro & Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, Portland

Featured on "Played in Oregon," AllClassical Portland 89.9 FM  |  Concert originally broadcast August 5, 2012, and rebroadcast on July 21, 2013

Virtuoso violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, returned to the Portland Chamber Orchestra in an exciting program with world-renowned jazz pianist and composer, Dick Hyman.This program premiered a new transcription of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for violin and orchestra, and offered works by Hyman for jazz trio, violin, piano and orchestra. An extra special feature was the almost impromptu encores with Dick Hyman and Mark Varenkamp on Sousaphone, playing some Jellyroll Morton tunes. Hyman's long career includes his performances as member of the Benny Goodman trio, and his music can be heard in cinema from Woody Allen's films to Moonstruck.

 


Beethoven's 9th at the Schnitzer

Beethoven's 9th at the Schnitzer

Celestial Connections

September 2012  |  Village Church, Beaverton; Pacific University, Forest Grove; Alice Flanagan Chapel, Lewis and Clark College

The Portland Chamber Orchestra returned to perform at where it started over 65 years ago, at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. This concert had two very traditional pieces combined with a world premiere.

Starting with the charming Haydn Organ Concerto No. 3 with organist Juergen Essl, the concert proceeded to the world premiere of Dance with the Universe, a new organ concerto by Czech composer Jan Jirasek. The concert concluded with Yaacov Bergman’s and the Portland Chamber orchestra’s spectacular performance of the Mozart Symphony No.41 in C major, K 551 also known as the Jupiter Symphony. There is no better combination than the sonorous acoustics of the Alice Flanagan chapel and the Portland Chamber Orchestra.

 


Handel’s Messiah at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Portland

Handel’s Messiah at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Portland

Handel's Messiah

December 2011  |  St. Mary Cathedral, Portland & St. Matthew Catholic Church, Hillsboro

This was the Portland Chamber Orchestra’s second presentation of the holiday classic and now has become a PCO tradition. Maestro Yaacov Bergman’s interpretation combined traditional and modern approaches to Handel’s music. Guest artists included: The Oregon Chorale; Sarah Parnicky, soprano; Mike Meo, boy soprano; Beth Madsen Bradford, mezzo; Daniel Buchanan, tenor; Richard Zeller, baritone.


Duncan Neilson's The MONSTER, a multimedia re-telling of Frankenstein

Duncan Neilson's The MONSTER, a multimedia re-telling of Frankenstein

Monsterbash

October 2011 |  Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland

 Featured on "Played in Oregon," AllClassical Portland 89.9 FM  |  Concert originally broadcast October 28, 2012, and se to be re-aired this Halloween. 

An all Halloween-based program with two Liszt classics and two premiers in one concert!  Pianist Rosa Li performed Liszt's Totentanz (Dance of Death) and Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb major.

PCO presented the world premiere of The Monster by Duncan Neilson. An incredibly moving original score for orchestra and chorus, plus superb hand-drawn animation by Liz Gill Neilson, were combined in a retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, told from the point of view of the Monster.

Also on the program was HK Gruber's Frankenstein!! in a Northwest premiere performance, with Kirk Mouser.  Frankenstein!! crossed genres in anarchic fashion in pursuit of the comic-strip heroes and film idols of H.C. Artmann's poetry.


SELECTED PAST PROGRAMS

Yaron Gottfried  |  May 5, 2014  |  Conductor, composer and pianist Yaron Gottfried, a multi-disciplinary musician bridging jazz, contemporary and classical music. 

Recorder Virtuoso Aldo Abreu in Concert  |  March 16, 2014  |  Lewis & Clark College Music Department and Portland Chamber Orchestra present Aldo Abreu in Concert playing a solo recorder recital in honor of members of the Portland Little Chamber Orchestra.

"Oh Those Gershwin Boys"  |  June 8-9, 2013  |  Music of George & Ira Gershwin
Lindsay Deutsch, Violin; Rocky Blumhagen & Susanna Mars, Vocals; Rick Modlin, Piano

"Celestial Connections"  |  September 21-23, 2013  |  Organ Concertos by Haydn & Jirasek (World Premiere)
Juergen Essl, Organ

Mozart "Requiem"  |  June 8-9, 2012  |  Music of W. A. Mozart
Michael & Lauren Siess, Violins; Nicole Greenidge, Angela Niederloh, Ross Hauck, Richard Zeller–Vocals

"All That Jazz"  |  March 23-24, 2012  |  Music of Dick Hyman and George Gershwin
Lindsay Deutsch, Violin; Dick Hyman, Piano

"Music of Film"  |  February 22-24, 2012  |  Film Music and Trivia
Edmund Stone, Host & Narrator; Don Feely, Organ; Susanna Mars, Vocals; Norman Leyden, Guest of Honor

Messiah, 2012

Messiah, 2012

Handel's "Messiah"  |  December 19-23, 2012  |  Sacred Oratorio
Oregon Chorale; Portland Boys' Choir; Hillsboro Community Youth Choir; Audrey Sackett, Beth Madsen Bradford, Carl Moe, Anton Belov–Vocals

Handel's "Messiah"  |  December 21-23, 2012  |  Sacred Oratorio
Oregon Chorale; Portland Boys' Choir' Hillsboro Community Youth Choir; Sandy Parnicky, Mike Meo, Beth Madsen Bradford, Daniel Buchanan, Richard Zeller–Vocals

"From Darkness to Light"  |  April 8-10, 2011  |  Music of Beethoven, Frid, Senesh
Shelley Jordan, Visual Artist; Portland Symphonic Girls' Choir; Ani Maldjian, Vocals

"Halloween Monsterbash"  |  October 22, 2011  |  Music of Liszt & Neilson
Rosa Li, Piano; Resonance Ensemble; Liz Gill Neilson, Visual Artist; Kirk Mouser, Chansonnier

Handel's "Messiah"  |  December 22-23, 2010  |  Sacred Oratorio
Oregon Chorale; Portland Boys' Choir; Hillsboro Community Youth Choir; Nicole Greenidge, Angela Niederloh, Daniel Buchanan, Richard Zeller–Vocals

"American Feast"  |  May 22-23, 2010  |  Music of Avshalomov, Bloch; Valenti's "Story of an Hour" (World Premiere)
Brandon Garbot, Violin; Natalie Gunn, Beth Madsen Bradford, Jeremy Irland–Vocals

"Rennaisance Redux"  |  October 24-25, 2009  |  Music of Lucas Foss, Peter Warlock, Ottorino Respighi & Giovanni Gabrieli
Carol Wincenc, Flute; Pam Patrie, Tapestry Artist

"Rhymes & Rhythms"  |  January 19, 2008  |  Music of Walton & Sitwell, Bernstein & Hayden
Edmund Stone, Mary McDonald Lewis–Narrators; Tai Murray, Violin

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