October 16 7:30 pm

After delighting audiences in The Soldier’s Tale, Robert McBride returns to the PCSO stage alongside Portland’s own Lisa Neher to recite the ticklingly clever, wonderfully rhythmic poetry of Dame Edith Sitwell, set brilliantly to music by a young William Walton.

Single tickets start at $20 and come with two weeks of exclusive viewing access.

NOTE: For tickets purchased after noon on Friday, October 15, your viewing link will be included in your order confirmation email.


William Walton  Façade – An Entertainment


Robert McBride retired from a three-decade-long radio career in 2018 and is now doing voice-over work, interviews, narration, and audio books. He’s also a composer and a percussionist. He wrote a work titled Waltzology for the Portland Columbia Symphony’s 25th Anniversary Season and Huw Edwards conducted the premiere in 2007. His works have been performed in Oregon, Idaho, Texas, and British Columbia. He’s narrated Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and is thrilled to add The Soldier’s Tale to his repertoire.

​Portland, Oregon mezzo-soprano and composer Lisa Neher (DMA) thrives in the crossroads of the concert hall and the theatre stage. Trained as a stage actress, she is equally at home in the worlds of opera and spoken theatre, bringing dramatic specificity and committed physicality to her performances. Lisa performs with the Resonance Ensemble in Portland and is in high demand as a concert soloist. Her soloist credits include Duruflé’s Requiem, Mozart’s RequiemVesperae Solennes de Confessore, and Coronation Mass, Bach’s Magnificat and Ascension Oratorio, and Arvo Part’s Pässio. A composer and contemporary music specialist, Lisa is a fearless performer of new works. She premiered the leading role of Jennifer in Rita Ueda’s chamber opera One Thousand White Paper Cranes for Japan with the Singaporean ensemble Chamber Sounds. Lisa was recently heard with Third Angle New Music, Queer Opera, Opera Theatre Oregon,  Cascadia Composers, at New Music Gathering in Boston, the Iowa Composer’s Forum, and the International Saxophone Symposium, where she premiered her own chamber-vocal work When My Daughter Asked Why There Are Stars, I Said with Resonance Saxophone Orchestra. For more information, visit her website, www.lisanehermusic.com. Lisa uses she/her pronouns and her last name is pronounced “NEER.”

Raised in the Portland area, Liberty Broillet attended Jefferson High School’s Arts Magnet program, was a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and attended Portland State University studying music performance. In addition to playing principal flute in Portland Columbia Symphony, Liberty is principal flute in the Portland Festival Symphony and plays piccolo with both the Yakima and Newport symphonies. Liberty is a sought-after flute clinician and private flute teacher, and in her free time (haha) she enjoys spending time in nature with her husband and two children.

Liberty Broillet’s chair is sponsored by Jean & Rick Collins

Alicia Charlton

Alicia Charlton

Orchestra representative

After a very long hiatus, Alicia Charlton finally came to her senses and joyfully picked up her clarinet again! Principal clarinet of PCSO since 2010, Alicia is an active freelance musician, teacher, and clinician in the Portland area, and currently serves as the Orchestra Representative to the PCSO Board. Alicia also holds positions with Portland Chamber Orchestra and Newport Symphony, and is a regular substitute with the Portland Opera orchestra. She has performed in numerous orchestras and musical theater productions, including the Oregon, Portland Festival, Vancouver, and Walla Walla symphonies, Broadway Rose, Lakewood, and Clackamas Repertory theatres, Pixie Dust Productions, and Mock’s Crest’s Gilbert & Sullivan productions. Alicia also delights in exploring the chamber music repertoire with various ensembles at every opportunity, especially with her quartet, Clarinets à la Mode, and with the PCSO Wind Quintet. She has attended the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Summer Festival in New Hampshire, several International Clarinet Association conferences, and is a regular participant at Into the Woods, a local chamber music retreat, where she plays her heart out with like-minded chamber music aficionados.

The Clarinet Section is sponsored by Randy & Laurie Dunn

Alicia Charlton’s chair is sponsored by Johnny & Donald Adamson

Steve Gordon began his musical education on the accordion at the age of seven, started playing the clarinet in grade school, and took up the saxophone in high school. As principal clarinetist in the Marin Youth Orchestra, his solo performances included Concerto for Clarinet, Strings, and Harp by Aaron Copland, Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, and Mozart’s Symphonia Concertante.

In college he honed his skills on all three instruments, playing periodic gigs in California’s wine country and becoming a member of the award-winning UC Berkeley jazz ensembles. Experience with the jazz ensembles included backing up Sonny Rollins, Hubert Laws, Ed Shaughnessy, and Freddie Hubbard in the 70’s. He also played accordion, clarinet, and saxophone in vaudeville shows at Harvey’s Casino in Lake Tahoe and with a traveling circus for two months during three summers.

After college, Steve attended medical school at UCLA. Music took a back-seat to medical studies for the next several years as he completed a residency at OHSU and established his medical practice. After a hiatus of about 10 years, the lure of music became too difficult to resist and he re-entered the music scene. He has been an active member of Clarinets à la Mode, a chamber music group featuring four clarinets, since 2000. He became a regular member of Portland Columbia Symphony in 2014, and recently joined the Ne Plus Ultra Jass [sic] Orchestra, in which he plays clarinet and alto saxophone.

Steve has played accordion at local restaurants and at charity events, and enjoys a world-wide audience on YouTube. This medium brought him to the attention of a movie producer who selected his original composition and performance of “Ravenna” for use in the Sony Pictures Movie Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014). His performances of a variety of music genres on different accordions have a combined total of over 500,000 views.

The Clarinet Section is sponsored by Randy & Laurie Dunn

Steve Gordon’s chair is sponsored by Tom Chau & Jessica Chou, Valri & Vincent Chiappetta, and Susan & William Smith

Trumpeter James Smock has enjoyed a varied career playing for symphony orchestras, Elvis tribute artists, chamber ensembles, and rodeo bands. Since 2010 Mr. Smock has been the principal trumpet of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, with concert highlights including “Frankenstein!” (H.K. Gruber) and “The Diary of Anne Frank” (Grigory Frid). James is also an audience favorite at the PCO’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Mr. Smock has toured internationally with the acclaimed, award winning Elvis tribute artist Justin Shandor, and can also be heard serenading oxen and wild horses every year at the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West Show at the famous Pendleton Round-Up. He’s played with the Boise Philharmonic, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Oregon Symphony, the Chicago and Washington chamber orchestras, and the Britt Festival Orchestra.

James lives outside Longview, Washington with his beloved wife Rebekah and the savage feline Zuul. He has been principal trumpet of Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra since 2018.

The Trumpet Section is sponsored by The Walker Family Foundation

Mike is currently principal percussionist with Portland Columbia Symphony, where he’s been playing since 1990.

Mike holds a degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from the University of Oregon and a Master’s Degree from Lewis & Clark College. He has performed with Vancouver Symphony, Portland Opera, Portland Festival Symphony, Yaquina Bay Symphony, the Oregon Symphony Pops Orchestra, as well as the Tualatin Valley and Willamette Falls symphonies. Mike has also played drum set with various rock and blues groups around the Portland area.

Mike is a retired music teacher from Portland Public Schools. He enjoys working on his house, exercising at his athletic club, and traveling around the world.

Mike Romanaggi’s chair is sponsored by Dr. Don Romanaggi, in loving memory of Marie Romanaggi

Barbara Johnston has appeared frequently as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the Northwest. Her solo appearances with Portland Columbia Symphony, Sinfonia Concertante Chamber Orchestra, and the Newport, Willamette Falls and Cascade symphonies have included works by Schumann, Elgar, Bloch, Creston, Boccherini, Moor, Vivaldi, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Haydn, and Richard Strauss.

Barbara studied music at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Guildhall School in London. Among her teachers were Colin Hampton of the Griller Quartet, William Pleeth of London’s Allegri Quartet, and Raymond Davis, principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony. She has played with the Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.

In addition to her work as principal cellist with Portland Columbia Symphony, she is a founding member and principal cellist of the Newport Symphony Orchestra. She also plays with the Element String Quartet of Newport and the Chehalem String Quartet of Portland.

Barbara lives in Scappoose with her husband, Craig, the principal timpanist of Portland Columbia Symphony. She recently retired from her law practices in Oregon and Washington, giving her additional time to devote to chamber music, as well as gardening, traveling, sailing, and writing.

Barbara Johnston’s chair is sponsored by George & Susan Stonecliffe

Karen is an avid chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. She enjoys recording and collaborating with various instrumentalists as well as playing all types of music. Karen performs with the Portland Cello Project, Portland Opera, Portland Columbia Symphony, Eugene Ballet, and Eugene Symphony. She coaches cello sectionals and gives techniques classes for several schools both in Portland and Vancouver. Karen has served as co-director of the Vancouver Youth Chamber Orchestras program and is a member of the faculty for the Chamber Music Camp of Portland.

Karen attended Northern Illinois University at the invitation of cellist Marc Johnson and was privileged to work with all the members of the Vermeer String Quartet. She graduated in 2005 with a Master’s of Music in Cello Performance. Karen performs with an 1840 cello by Jacob Fendt and a ca. 1900 bow by André Vigneron.

Over a period spanning several years Karen spent two months in Europe, which included observing the teaching of Robert Nagy, a principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic. During this time she also had the opportunity to interact with the private teachers and chamber music coaches at the Südsteirische Musiktage Festival in Austria founded by Wolfgang Klos, violist in the Vienna String Trio.

In the summer of 2012 Karen was selected to attend the National Summer Cello Institute. While there she had the privilege to work with cellists Richard Aaron, Timothy Eddy, Ralph Kirshbaum and Uri Vardi. She also participated in an enlightening Feldenkrais workshop with Hagit Vardi.

When she is not teaching or performing Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, double bassist Andrew Harmon, and their beautiful Haitian daughter, Estere. She also loves cooking –  Karen received professional plant-based culinary certification in 2014 – honing her food photography skills, hiking, biking, and practicing yoga, along with taking taoist tai chi and awareness through body movement classes.

Karen Schulz-Harmon’s chair is sponsored by Brad Oliver in memory of Kathryn Oliver