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Portland Columbia Symphony is excited to celebrate its 40th anniversary by sharing the best classical and new orchestral works in the friendly and welcoming fashion for which it has gained a loyal following.
It’s a season that brims with the energy of new voices along with iconic works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Beethoven, and Bernstein, all brought to life with passion and brio—adding to and complementing our understanding of the power of music; connecting us to each other in the here & now.
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All seating is Assigned
Section A ($180)
Section B ($144)
Section C ($108)
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Tchaikovsky & Brahms
Miki Sawada, soloist
• September 16, 2022 – Friday 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
• September 18, 2022 – Sunday 3:00 pm at Gresham High School
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
19th Century Romanticism comes alive in a powerhouse season-opening program. Dynamic pianist Miki Sawada, creator of the exciting Gather Hear Tour, debuts with the Portland Columbia Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s mighty Piano Concerto No. 1. Included on the program is Brahms’ exquisite Symphony No. 3, often understood as representing the composer’s personal motto, frei aber froh (free but happy) for the opening theme of F-A♭-F.
Heaven & Earth
Brett Deubner, soloist
• November 11, 2022 – Friday 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
• November 13, 2022 – Sunday 3:00 pm at Gresham High School
Maria Grenfell River Mountain Sky
Nicole Buetti Quasar – Elegy for Viola and Orchestra – World Premiere
Johan Hugosson Samarthana – World Premiere
Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
In an evocative program that conjures up wild landscapes from Tasmania and Manhattan turf wars, the focus is on Grammy-nominated violist Brett Deubner. A recipient of a United States Congressional Certiﬁcate of Recognition, Deubner returns to perform two world premieres written expressly for him, including one by PCSO’s own (and Portland native) Nicole Buetti. A soulful and passionate performance.
Grace & Action
Brian Dunbar, soloist
• March 10, 2023 – Friday 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
• March 12, 2023 – Sunday 3:00 pm at Gresham High School
Jennifer Higdon Amazing Grace
Carlos Simon Movements for Flute and Orchestra
Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Flutist Brian Dunbar performs the West coast premiere of Movements for Flute and Orchestra, a new work by trailblazing composer Carlos Simon. In a score that takes inspiration from themes of redemption and self-will, Simon inspires the uplifting sense of possibility also present in an iconic spiritual and the exuberance of Beethoven that complete this not-to-be-missed program.
Pictures & Reflections
JáTtik Clark, soloist
• May 5, 2023 – Friday 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
• May 7, 2023 – Sunday 3:00 pm at Gresham High School
John Williams Devil’s Dance
Michael Daugherty Reflections on the Mississippi
Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Conjuring a promenade along a mighty river or through an art exhibition, our season-closing performance is an exquisite journey that reunites JàTtik Clark with PCSO to perform composer Michael Daugherty’s exciting Reflections on the Mississippi. Maurice Ravel’s brilliant orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and John William’s thrilling Devil’s Dance add to musical memories that will embed themselves in your heart.
All programs and artists subject to change without notice.