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PYP announces 92nd season

Youth program involves 300 musicians

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will present its 92nd season of concerts beginning in November. Season subscriptions are available now.

The Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP), America’s first youth orchestra, has announced its 92nd season, with four subscription concerts at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. The orchestra will introduce eight works into its repertoire during the season.

“When planning the season there was not a conscious plan to program works not played before by the orchestra,” Musical Director David Hattner said. “I was surprised to discover that all but one work programmed for the subscription series were new to PYP.”

The opening concert Nov. 14 features 2015 PYP Piano Concerto Competition winner Nathan Kim of Newberg.

The December 26 Concert-at-Christmas features new conductor Dave Matthys, former music director at Lake Oswego High School.

The March 5 concert will open with an unusual work, “Sun Splendor” by Marion Bauer, originally a piano work orchestrated for a performance conducted by the legendary Leopold Stokowski.

The season concludes with a spring concert May 1 featuring Zoltan Kodaly’s “Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song ‘The Peacock’.”

PYP’s 2015-16 season also includes a Cushion Concert at the World Forestry Center, two Camerata PYP performances, and three concerts at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Wash.

PYP is a vibrant community where young people can explore their passion for music, grow as individuals. The program features 300 musicians in five ensembles, with regular coaching from musicians of the Oregon Symphony.

Throughout its 92-year history, the PYP has embraced fearless artistry, adventurous programming and exceptional performance — ideals established in 1924 by founding conductor Jacques Gershkovitch.

The symphony performed for the first time in 1925.

For complete details and to purchase tickets, visit portlandyouthphil.org or call 503-223-5939.