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Portland Columbia Symphony is excited to share a season that promises delight and discovery, authentic personalities, and spiritual uplift – a season of music that moves you. And you’ll notice that we are moving ourselves too!
With concerts in Portland, Gresham, and Beaverton, your Portland Columbia Symphony will be creating unforgettable juxtapositions between the pillars of classical music and a new generation of composers and performers pushing the evolution of this beautiful art form. All led by the incomparable Steven Byess, who celebrates his tenth season as Music Director of this “hidden gem” of the Northwest.
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PACKAGES AND PRICING
Season subscriptions are 4-concert packages!
Subscription Price until July 31
SECTION A $180
SECTION B $144
SECTION C $108
After July 31
SECTION A $198
SECTION B $159
SECTION C $132
All seating is Assigned. Click here to view the seating charts.
Sara Davis Buechner, Soloist
- September 15-16, 2023 – Friday & Saturday 7:30 pm BodyVox Dance Center
Generously supported by Harold Goldstein & Carol Streeter
- September 17, 2023 – Sunday 3:00 pm at Gresham High School
Program to include:
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Excerpt from Solomon
W.A. MOZART Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in A Major
GERALD FINZI Eclogue
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Caprice-Valse, “Wedding Cake”
FLORENCE PRICE Adoration
JOAQUÍN TURINA Rapsodia Sinfonica
This program is presented without intermission.
Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Sara Buechner is one of the most original concert pianists of our time. Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), and “astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), Buechner returns to PCSO to perform an innovative musical exploration of identity and personhood through music both intimate and expansive.
Titus Underwood, Soloist
Leroy Bynum Jr., Narrator
- November 11, 2023 – Saturday 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
- November 12, 2023 – Sunday 3:00 pm at Reynolds High School
ANNA CLYNE This Moment West Coast Premiere
NIGEL WESTLAKE Spirit of the Wild: Concerto for Oboe West Coast Premiere
JOSEPH SCHWANTNER New Morning for the World: Daybreak of Freedom
An emotional and moving New Morning for the World: Daybreak of Freedom by Joseph Schwantner, incorporating excerpts from the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., caps off a thrilling musical experience in November. Featuring the west coast premiere of a work by critical darling Anna Clyne, and Titus Underwood’s first ever appearance with PCSO in a work revealing incredible virtuosity, the moments we share in this concert fuel our appreciation for the power of music at its finest.
This Moment was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
IN THE REALM OF NATURE
Casey Bozell, Soloist
- March 16, 2024 – Saturday 7:30 pm at The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
- March 17, 2024 – Sunday 3:00 pm at Gresham High School
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending – Casey Bozell, Violin
SARA CARINA GRAEF Yakona
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6
Taking our inspiration from the world around us, PCSO features Concertmaster Casey Bozell in a sublime work by 20th Century English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The program includes the evocative Yakona by Sara Carina Graef, an homage to the Yaqo’n Indian tribe of Oregon,
accompanied by images of the Yakona Nature Preserve and oyster-rich Yaquina Bay. Ludwig van Beethoven’s ode to the natural world, his exquisite Symphony No. 6 (the Pastoral), with its themes of harmony and idealism as personified by nature, anchors this concert of unfolding wonder. As Beethoven himself phrased it: “Surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo that man desires to hear”.
!ADELANTE! VOICES OF TOMORROW
Adam Eccleston, Soloist
Freddy Vilches, Featured Composer and Soloist
With Bravo Music & Arts Academy
- May 4, 2024 – Saturday 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
- May 5, 2024 – Sunday 3:00 pm at Gresham High School
ALBERTO GINASTERA Impresiones de la Puna for Flute and Strings
ALBERTO GINASTERA Dances from Estancia
ARTURO MÁRQUEZ Danzon No. 2
FREDDY VILCHES Latin American Suite
Focusing on Latino-connected music and composers ¡Adelante! is also a bridge-builder to future generations of musicians from our area. The Latin American Suite by Portland-based composer Freddy Vilches is a composition that features rhythms and musical traditions from five regions in Latin America, featuring traditional instruments for each region. Exuberant and lively, we are thrilled to feature not only our own Principal flutist Adam Eccleston, but young students from Bravo Music & Arts Academy, trained in the vaunted El Sistema (the system) program in the final concert of this stellar season!
All programs and artists subject to change without notice.