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Stage & Screen in the Park

Sunday, August 14, 2022, 4 pm
Nadaka Nature Park

Steven Byess, conductor

40 minutes, no intermission

Your favorite tunes from the shows and movies you love, out in a beautiful environment and together with friends—what could be better? Pack a picnic and a blanket and celebrate the start of the season with your entire Portland Columbia Symphony family. Music by Sondheim, Gershwin, Bernstein and more.

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Tchaikovsky & Brahms

Miki Sawada, soloist

Friday, September 16, 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
Sunday, September 18, 3:00 pm at Gresham High School Auditorium

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.

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Heaven & Earth

Brett Deubner, soloist

Friday, November 11, 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 13, 3:00 pm at Gresham High School Auditorium

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.

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A Very Brassy Holiday

PCSO Brass - one performance only

Wednesday, December 21, 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Portland

A veritable PCSO holiday tradition, Brassy Christmas becomes A Very Brassy Holiday this year as we return to live, in-person spirit-raising!

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Grace & Action

Brian Dunbar, soloist

Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
Sunday, March 12, 3:00 pm at Gresham High School Auditorium

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.

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Pictures & Reflections

JáTtik Clark, soloist

Friday, May 5, 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 7, 3:00 pm at Gresham High School Auditorium

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 JáTtik 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.

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