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Pianist, bassoonist chosen as Pops concert Youth Soloists

by: Contributed photos, Jordan Strang, left, and Debra Loh.

The Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra will feature the two winners of its annual Youth Soloist competition at its next concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in Mt. Hood Community College Theater, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Pianist Jordan Strang, 16, hails from Boring and studies piano with retired Portland State University professor Harold Gray. Strang also studies chamber music with Portland Chamber Orchestra violinist, Carol Taylor.

Strang started piano when he was 5 and released a debut album last May titled 'Nothing but the Blood,' a collection of hymns arranged in classical style. Since then, he has been playing concerts and events up and down the West Coast.

Strang enjoys incorporating humor into his concerts and also relishes singing with choirs. Strang likes Irish dancing, math, science, running, and family and friends. He says he firmly agrees with Johann Sebastian Bach, who once said, 'The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God.'

Meanwhile, the second soloist is bassoonist Debra Loh, who began her musical studies at age 6 with piano, adding violin at the age of 9 and then bassoon at the end of sixth grade.

She has played in solo and ensemble events as well as with the Portland Youth Philharmonic as a member of the Wind Ensemble and the Conservatory Orchestra. A sophomore at Parkrose High School, she has participated in state and regional music events and serves as the assistant principal bassoonist for the Philharmonic.

A 4.0 student, Loh has been involved in tennis, mock trial, German Club, art, choir and jazz band, playing tenor sax. She is also a member of her church's youth leadership team. Loh enjoys drawing, baking, running, crafts and spending time with her friends.

May 20 show

The guest conductor will be Marsall Tuttle, director of music at Mt. Hood Community College. The concert will include a silent 'Auction of Note' to be held in the lobby before the concert and during intermission.

Among its pieces, the orchestra will perform 'Disney Magic' by Robert Lowden as well as music from Wagner's 'Parsifal.' The orchestra also will play selections from 'Cats' by Andrew Lloyd Webber and from 'Satchmo - A Tribute to Louis Armstrong.'

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students.

The Pops is a 60-piece independent volunteer orchestra that draws musicians from the entire Portland area and rehearses at Mt. Hood Community College.

For more information, call the Pops Office at 503-669-1937.



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