Portland Youth Philharmonic presents Concert-at-Christmas
Portland Youth Philharmonic Musical Director David Hattner invites the public to PYPs annual, festive, and family-friendly Concert-At-Christmas to be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, at the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. PYP continues its long-held Christmas tradition with performances by the Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Youth Wind Ensemble (PYWE), Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra (PYCO), Young String Ensemble (YSE), and an Alumni Orchestra. The popular event features Portland Youth Philharmonics entire roster of 300 musicians as well as an orchestra of nearly 100 alumni.
The concert will open with PYPs Alumni Orchestra performing Tchaikovskys Slavonic March, Op. 31. The Alumni Orchestras yearly reunion features musicians from the Portland Youth Philharmonic Associations extensive roster of alumni, spanning the organizations 92 years. The special ensemble features musicians who played under all five musical directors: Jacques Gershkovitch (1924-1953), Jacob Avshalomov (1954-1995), Huw Edwards (1995-2002), Mei-Ann Chen (2002-2007), and Hattner (2008-present).
The evening continues with dynamic performances by all four of PYPs ensembles, with conductor Inés Voglar Belgique leading the Young String Ensembles renditions of Baroque composer George Frideric Handels Water Music, Suite in D major, Ryan Kims In Time for the Christmas Tree, and more. Following YSE, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble will take the stage under the direction of Dave Matthys. PYWE will present Alfred Reeds A Festival Prelude, Mozarts Rondo for Solo and Wind Band, and more. The Concert-At-Christmas marks Matthys first time conducting at the Schnitzer Hall, and the well-known band director shares that he is looking forward to being a part of this wonderful musical experience.
Following a brief intermission, the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra, under the direction of long-time PYCO conductor Lawrence Johnson, will present Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17. Next, the Philharmonic Orchestra will close out the show, with Hattner conducting. This holiday season, Portland Youth Philharmonic explores the music of Italy with performances of Gioacchino Rossinis Litaliana in Algeri and Ottorino Respighis Fountains of Rome.
Fountains of Rome depicts four of Romes famous fountains at particular times of day, Hattner says. This particular piece challenges our musicians to play with extreme sensitivity and delicacy. Our 118 musicians cant wait to take the stage to show our audience what they are achieving this year.
To secure tickets to PYPs most popular event of the year, call the Portland Youth Philharmonic office at 503-223-5939, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, or visit www.portlandyouthphil.org. Ticket prices range from $24-$50.
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