Portland Chamber Orchestra to perform on Saturday, Sept. 22

The oldest incorporated chamber orchestra in the country opens its 66th season with Celestial Connections.

The Portland Chamber Orchestra presents its Celestial Connections concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center at Pacific University (2014 Cedar St., Forest Grove).

General admission is $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, $15 for students and $5 for children.

The opening concert of the orchestra’s 66th season is sponsored by Rodgers Instruments and features some “out of this world” music and performances.

Celestial Connections features the world premiere of “Dance with the Universe,” a new organ concerto by Jan Jirasek, a Czech composer who is known for his classical compositions and film scoring. 

Internationally acclaimed German organist Jürgen Essl will also perform Haydn’s Organ Concerto No. 3 in F Major.  The Orchestra will close the program with Mozart’s Symphony No.41 in C major, K 551 also known as the “Jupiter Symphony.” 

Essl is one of the foremost organists and composers in today's European musical scene. He performs regularly in the most prestigious venues around the globe, including Notre Dame de Paris, Kölner Dom, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Smetana Hall Prague, Konzerthaus Wien, and Philharmonic Hall Moscow. He frequently appears on television and radio as both organist and conductor.

Jirasek studied composition at the Janáek Academy of Musical Art in Brno, and was also trained in electro-acoustic, computer and electronic music and music theory. 

In 1996, Jirasek was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and spent a year in Colorado as a visiting professor at the University of Colorado.  Jirasek is perhaps best known for his film scoring, having won two Czech Lion awards, the highest award for achievement in film awarded in the Czech Republic.

Hillsboro-based Rodgers Instruments will provide the organ and harpsichord for the performance.  

This year, the Portland Chamber Orchestra is offering an innovative option for purchasing season tickets. From now through Sept. 30, the new “flex tickets” will allow purchasers to get four admissions for the price of three. Patrons can then choose to use one ticket per concert at any location or use more than one ticket at a time.

The oldest incorporated chamber orchestra in the country, the Portland Chamber Orchestra is known for its innovative concerts with a fusion of art forms. Its tagline is ‘the intimate symphony with infinite imagination.’ The orchestra is made up of local professional musicians.

Portland Chamber Orchestra is funded in part by The Regional Arts and Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland and Multnomah County; and by Work for Art, including contributions from more than 70 companies and nearly 2000 employees in the region; and by the Oregon Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

Posted by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Sep 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

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