WELCOME to OUR 2019/2020 season!



Welcome to the Portland Chamber Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season with its subtle focus on contrasts and connections! The opening concert in October, “Classical Meets Jazz,” features world renowned jazz clarinetist, Ken Peplowski, as soloist in two works by American composers, Aaron Copland & Eddie Sauter. Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite completes this spectacular program. We celebrate the holidays of Christmas and Chanukah as we join hands for December’s inspiring program, “Sharing the Light.” In April, “A Celebration of Spring,” pays homage to the glorious creatures with whom we share mother earth and the gift of inspiration they offer composers, visual artists and poets. This evocative program opens with Respighi’s The Birds and Canctus Articus, Concerto for Birds by Rautavara and concludes with Beethoven’s inspired Symphony No. 6, Pastoral. You won’t want to miss this season! - Yaacov Bergman, Artistic Director/Conductor

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Yaacov Bergman

ARTISTIC Director + Conductor

Yaacov Bergman has received consistent rave notices for his interpretations of a highly varied repertoire, and has been acclaimed world-wide as an intensely communicative musician.

Images courtesy of Carl Lacasse.

2019 Past Events


Mei-Ting SUn - PIANO

Awarded First Prize in the National Chopin Piano Competition in the USA, 2005.

"Stunningly fluid" - New York Times

"Astonishing" - New York Post

"Bewitching...Superb" - Boston Globe

Our program included:

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

2 Nocturnes, Op. 37Allegro de Concert in A major, Op.

Tarantella in A-flat major, Op. 43

Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

2 Nocturnes, Op. 55

3 Mazurkas, Op. 59

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

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Sierra Hull - Mandolin

Shannon Scott - Clarinet

A concert you won’t want to miss. Presenting four musical selections of classical, klezmer, and bluegrass music, with art, The Choral Arts Ensemble, and featuring Grammy nominated and award winning mandolinist, Sierra Hull, and clarinet soloist, Shannon Scott. Selections included:

Le Tombeau de Couperin, by Maurice Ravel 

The Monster, by Duncan Neilson, inspired by Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein, and joined by the Choral Arts Ensemble, with projected animated woodcuts by Liz Gill Neilson

Concertino for Clarinet & Mandolin, by Ofer Ben-Amots

Intermezzo: Klezmer meets Bluegrass, by Ofer Ben-Amots