Portland Youth Philharmonic fills Arlene Schnitzer Hall with festive music

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: PETE STONE - The brass section warms up for the Portland Youth Philharmonic 'Concert at Christmas' performance set for Thursday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 p.m.  About 10 percent, or 34 members, of the band is comprised of young musicians from Aloha, Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood. Instead of reaching for more cookies, Musical Director David Hattner invites you to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth with the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s annual, festive and family-friendly “Concert at Christmas” on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Guest Conductor Huw Edwards, former PYP music director from 1995 to 2002 and Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra conductor emeritus and principal guest conductor, will open the concert by leading the PYP Alumni Orchestra in Verdi’s “Nabucco.”

The evening will then continue with dynamic performances by all four of PYP’s ensembles.

Ticket prices for this concert range from $16-$50. To order, call the PYP office at 503-223-5939, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit PYP participates in the Arts for All program.

Funding for PYP’s 90th season is provided in part by the James and Marion F. Miller Foundation, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Work for Art and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The PYP, founded in 1924, is America’s first established youth orchestra. Members range in age from 7 to 23, are accepted based on audition and come from 100 schools throughout Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. A total of 34 musicians live in Aloha, Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin or Sherwood.

There are five ensembles under the PYP umbrella. The Philharmonic Orchestra presents a full concert series in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall that closely parallels that of a professional symphony orchestra.

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