Classical bill features Stravinsky, Borodin

(Image is Clickable Link) by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Grammy award winner Jeff Tyzik wrote Four Dances for Tuba, which the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra will perform Nov. 24.Jeff Tyzik thinks the tuba’s time has come.

“I have always thought of the tuba as a nimble and beautiful melodic instrument that belongs in the spotlight more often,” he says.

To that end, Tyzik, who lives in Rochester, N.Y., composed “Four Dances for Tuba,” which the Oregon Symphony’s JáTtik Clark will perform with the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.

The program for the afternoon is titled “Infernal Dance,” “a classical bill guaranteed to heat up Portland’s autumn atmosphere,” the symphony says.

Tyzik won’t be at the show — he’s got a gig in Detroit that weekend — but his music will, and if the past is prologue, then it should be a good afternoon. Tyzik won a Grammy in 1987 for his work producing the album “The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen.” He is also principal pops conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Tyzik says he originally wrote “Four Dances” for Jeff Anderson, who was the tubist of the Rochester Philharmonic 15 years ago and is now the tubist in the San Francisco Symphony.

“Rather than a ‘serious’ concerto, I decided on a suite of dances to show the versatility and melodic nature of the instrument,” Tyzik says.

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Clark began his professional music career as principal tuba of the Oregon Symphony in the fall of 1999. Clark is quite active as an orchestra/chamber musician, soloist, and teacher both in the local Portland music scene and beyond. He has performed with some of the top U.S. orchestras including the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Seattle symphonies. Locally, he also has played with a wide variety of groups including Chamber Music Northwest, the Rob Scheps Big Band, Big Horn Brass, Pink Martini and the Third Angle Music Ensemble.

In addition to the tuba dances, the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra will perform Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor,” Khachaturian’s “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Spartacus,” and Stravinsky’s “Suite from The Firebird.”

Steven Byess will conduct the symphony. Byess is music director of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra; associate music director for the Ohio Light Opera; and formerly held the posts of cover conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and conductor for the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. With the Ohio Light Opera he has conducted more than 450 performances of 60 operas, operettas, and musical theater works, and has recorded 15 CDs.

Tickets for the Mt. Hood concert are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors 60 and older, $10 for students 13 and older, $5 for children 12 and younger and $60 for families with two adults and all their children.

For more information, call 503-234-4077, or visit Tickets are also available at the door one hour before the performance.

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