Portland Youth Philharmonic, America’s first youth orchestra, will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Austin Auditorium of Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center. The concert is in collaboration with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony and Oregon State University.

The orchestra will perform a preview of its Fall Concert featuring the Prelude to Act 1 of Richard Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger” and the world premiere of Portland’s Czech-American composer Tomas Svoboda’s Symphony No. 2.

“Mr. Svoboda wrote his Symphony No. 2 in Czechoslovakia 50 years ago,” PYP Musical Director David Hattner said. “We will hear it for the first time at PYP’s Corvallis concert on Oct. 30.

Mr. Svoboda is an Oregon treasure, not only for his long catalog of compositions, but also for the students he taught and inspired for decades at Portland State University. This symphony is a power work that our musicians are taking very seriously.”

The program wil also include two works for solo instrument and orchestra.

Seventeen-year-old co-principal violist Samuel Zacharia, winner of the 2016-2017 PYP Soloist Competition, will perform Max Bruch’s rarely heard Romanze for Viola and Orchestra.

The soloist part of Pablo de Srasate’s ever-popular Zigeunerweisen for Violin and Orchestra will be presented in a special way, performed by 20 of PYP’s violinists.

PYP kicks off its 93rd Portland concert season Nov. 12 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

PYP offers $5 student tickets to any PYP concert for students with a valid ID.

Visit for details or call the PYP office at 503-223-5939 to reserve seats today.

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