America’s first youth orchestra, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, celebrates their 87th season with a free concert on Sunday, May 29, 2011.
The program features: Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino; John Caughman’s Sinfonietta; Howard Hanson’s Fanfare for the Signal Corps; and, the showpiece, Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 3.
“Hanson’s Third Symphony . . . is infused with the dark, almost woodsy atmosphere of Sibelius. The woodwinds successfully created the brooding mood at the beginning of the piece before uniting with other sections of the orchestra – like the muted brass choir – to evoke a glimmer of springtime and hope. The strings delivered a tantalizingly lush and full sound that would ebb and flow and then finally soar with a beautiful melody at the very end of the piece,” wrote James Bash for Oregon Music News after the PYP performed the piece early this season.
The Concert Showcase takes place at Lewis and Clark College (0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd) in the Evans Auditorium at 4pm.
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