Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Portland Youth Philharmonic gives free concert before its Asian tour

Catch a free concert with the Portland Youth Philharmonic under the direction of its outgoing conductor Mei-Ann Chen in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Thursday, the 28th at noon. It's called the Bon Voyage Concert because the orchestra will take off on a tour of Taiwan and Korea this weekend. In Taiwan, the ensemble will play concerts in Kaohsiung, Tainan, and Taipei. In Korea, they will perform in Ulsan and Seoul. The Taiwan leg of the trip will mark a splendid homecoming for Chen, who is a native of that country.

After this tour, Chen leaves Portland to begin her duties with the Atlanta Symphony, where she will be the assistant conductor. The PYP will rotate four conductors during its 84th season. The first concert in November will be led by PSU's Ken Selden. Chen returns in December to conduct the Concert-at-Christmas. Alistair Willis will direct the March concert, and former PYP conductor Huw Edwards returns to wield the baton in the season-ending concert in May.

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