Monday, June 20, 2016

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra to perform free concert on Wednesday at PSU

From the press release:

The award-winning youth ensemble Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra performs a program of music for string orchestra on Wednesday evening, June 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Portland State University’s Lincoln Recital Hall. Admission is free.

PACO’s Great Northwest Tour, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding, features our talented 35-member strings-only chamber orchestra in a wide-ranging program of classical music by Antonio Vivaldi, Franz Schubert, Astor Piazzolla, Peter Heidrich and the world premiere of Anniversary Overture by PACO alum Camden Boyle.

Led by their music director Ben Simon, noted violin soloist and PACO alumna Robin Sharp, the orchestra will will perform the “Spring” movements from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s tango-inflected “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”. The first movement of Schubert’s dramatic string quartet in D minor (“Death and the Maiden”) will be paired with a set of humorous and virtuosic variations on “Happy Birthday” by Peter Heidrich.

PACO’s 50th Anniversary tour will bring the orchestra to venues from Redding, CA to Vancouver, BC, including the ensemble’s annual appearance on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Elizabethan Stage, co-sponsored by the OSF. This appearance in Portland is the orchestra’s first!

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