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PYP's Camerata presents world premiere

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Portland Youth Philharmonics  chamber orchestra, Camerata PYP, will kick off its season with a concert Jan. 31 at Portland State Universitys Lincoln Hall.

Camerata PYP, Portland Youth Philharmonic’s chamber orchestra, will kick off its seventh season at Portland State University’s Lincoln Recital Hall at 2 p.m. Jan. 31. PYP Musical Director David Hattner will conduct.

Participating in Chamber Music Northwest’s Winter Festival, Camerata PYP will explore facets of American composition, delving into larger chamber works by four American composers. Camerata PYP takes the stage at 2 p.m., followed by CMNW artists performing arrangements of classics by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel at 4 p.m.

Camerata PYP will present the world premiere of local Czech-American contemporary classical composer Tomas Svoboda’s “Folk Concertino for Seven Instruments.”

“Folk Concertino’s title comes from the folk music of Bohemia, Svoboda’s homeland,” Hattner said. “Its instrumentation is, to my knowledge, unique.” The piece is composed for piccolo, oboe, clarinet, two violins, viola and bass.

Camerata PYP will preview selections from the Jan. 31 concert in two pre-concert performances during CMNW’s Winter Festival. You can hear them at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in PSU’s Lincoln Hall and at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium.

Special pricing is available for the PYP-CMNW double header concerts. Receive 15 percent off of Camerata tickets when you purchase tickets to CNMW’s 4 p.m. concert. Reduced tickets must be requested in advance and cannot be purchased at the door or on the day of the concerts. To purchase tickets, call the PYP office at 503-223-5939 or visit portlandyouthphil.org.

Camerata PYP gives selected students an opportunity to explore an extraordinary range of repertoire performed in intimate venues. A second Camerata PYP program will be offered April 24 at Wieden+Kennedy in Northwest Portland.