The Portland Chamber Orchestra

The Intimate Symphony with Infinite Imagination

Welcome to the 2015-16 Season

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PCO is thrilled to unveil a new program for Season 2015/2016. Join us for this exciting season as we look forward to sharing this wonderful musical experience with you!

Yaacov Bergman
Artistic Director

Robert Kingdom
President, Portland Chamber Orchestra


NORTHERN LIGHTS

Nordia House, The Scandinavian Heritage Foundation

Nordia House, The Scandinavian Heritage Foundation

Straight from Scandinavia, “Northern Lights” is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of two towering Nordic composers, Danish composer Carl Nielsen and Finland’s Jean Sibelius. This concert evokes the spirit and sound of the Nordic people with the virtuosic, folk-like Flute Concerto by Carl Nielsen performed by Oregon Symphony’s new principle flute, Jessica Sindel, and Sibelius’s magnificent Andante Festivo, a work that has been called “an emotional balm to a world about to be torn again by war”. A Northwest premiere performance of Sibelius’s incidental music to Maurice Maeterlinck’s play Pelléas and Mélisande with a semi-staged, edited version of the play, concludes the program.

Saturday October 17, 2015, 7:30 PM
Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 3:00 PM
Lewis and Clark College, Agnes Flanagan Chapel


JEAN SIBELIUS
Andante Festivo

CARL NIELSEN
Flute Concerto 
(150th Anniversary of the Composer's birth)
Jessica Sindell, Flute


JEAN SIBELIUS
Pelléas and Mélisande, Incidental Music Op. 46
With a semi-staged, edited version of the Maeterlinck play


A HOLIDAY POSTCARD

Let’s kick off the Holiday Season with an intimate musical setting of joyeous, instrumental delights of the Baroque by Corelli, Vivaldi and Bach,  balanced with a performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s beloved Oratorio, the Messiah. This exciting holiday program promises a jubilant celebration for this special time of the year.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 7:30 PM
St. Henry's Gresham, 346 NW 1st Street, Gresham

Friday, December 18, 2015, 7:30 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 Hancock, Portland

Saturday, December 19, 2015, 7:30 PM
St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta St., Portland

Sunday, December 20, 2015, 7:30 PM
Lewis and Clark College, Agnes Flanagan Chapel – Collins View, Portland


CORELLI
Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G minor (Christmas Concerto)

ANTONIO VIVALDI
Recorder Concerto in C Major RV 444
Aldo Abreu, Recorder

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047

Intermission

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
Messiah (Christmas Portion)
Courtney Ruckman, Soprano
Sarah Mattox, Mezzo Soprano
Eric Neuville, Tenor
Jeremy Irland, Baritone
Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir
Debbie Glaze, Director


MOZARTIANA

Mozart’s genius is revealed in this program through the drama of his Piano Concerto K.466 in D minor and the sunny “Linz” Symphony K.425 in C Major. Completing this extraordinary musical bouquet is the contemporary perspective of American composer Daniel Kellogg and his transcription of one of Mozart’s most profound works, Ave Verum.

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7:30 PM
Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland

Sunday, February 14, 2016, 3:00 PM
Lewis and Clark College, Agnes Flanagan Chapel – Collins View, Portland


DANIEL KELLOGG
Mozart's Hymn "Ave Verum Corpus"
For String Orchestra in 16 Parts

(Northwest Premiere)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466
Susan DeWitt Smith, Piano

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Symphony No. 36 in C Major K.425 "Linz"


A FINALE of FIRSTS

While the works performed on this final concert of the season are not related in terms of their historical periods, they share one important characteristic in that they are the first of their kind by each composer. How exciting to hear a “first born” of each musical genius on this program! We are delighted to feature The Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra by the versatile Portland composer, Kenji Bunch, whose works run the gamut of styles from classics to bluegrass. This work reflects his unique musical voice and originality.

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:30 PM
Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 3:00 PM
Lewis and Clark College, Agnes Flanagan Chapel – Collins View, Portland


SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Classical"

FELIX MENDELSSOHN
Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64
Tim Fain, Violin

KENJI BUNCH
Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra
Tim Fain, Violin

LUDVIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1 in C Major Op. 21

We would like to thank our season sponsors

We would like to thank our season sponsors

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