Enchanting and enriching the community with passionate classical performances, the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra is composed of local masterful musicians showcasing their symphonic sublimity under the guidance of music director Travis Hatton.
As America's first youth orchestra, the Portland Youth Philharmonic could just skate by on this distinction alone. But it doesn't. Throughout its 90-year history, the three-time ASCAP winner for Adventurous Music Programming has continued to prepare young people to pursue a wide variety of professional careers?some have even gone on to perform with institutions such as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony.
Music director Maria Manzo leads the 60-voice Bravo! Vancouver Chorale and the Washington Chamber Orchestra through George F. Handel's baroque Christmas masterpiece, Messiah. With well-known melodies and brain-stimulating counterpoint, the legendary composition has enthralled listeners for centuries with such dramatic movements as the "Hallelujah Chorus" and the fact that singing the oratorio backwards reveals the message "King George II is Dead.” A host of soloists add individual flair to the 18th-century proceedings, weaving their voices through the sonic bombast of trumpets and euphonic delicacy of strings. St. Joseph Catholic Church provides a serene setting for evening, with colored-glass windows beautifully refracting light and temporarily forestalling panic when the sun turns blue.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the American String Quartet's dulcet combination of viola, cello, and dual violin has been hailed by the New York Times as the "picture of ensemble unity." On May 15, the bow-drawing foursome sets the air particles of Soreng Theater swaying to chamber pieces from three legendary composers. The concert commences with Haydn's precisely wrought Quartet in G Major before the stormy sounds of Beethoven's Quartet in E-flat fill the theater with smiling cartoon rainclouds. The afternoon swirls to a finale with Ravel's sensual Quartet in F Major.