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Portland Columbia Symphony will perform at Gresham High for 2022-23 classical series

COURTESY PHOTO: BRIAN MATANGELO FOR UNSPLASH - The Portland Columbia Symphony will play a free concert at Nadaka Nature Park in August.

Portland Columbia Symphony will kick off its 2022-23 season with a free outdoor pops concert at Gresham's Nadaka Nature Park in August.

The free concert of music from popular shows and movies will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Nadaka, 17615 N.E. Glisan St. The group encourages picnics and blankets at the performance.

The upcoming season, the symphony's 40th, will include several concerts at Gresham High School's auditorium. It also features performances in Portland.

The season will showcase "exciting soloists in works both familiar and bracingly daring," the group's season announcement said.

Subscription packages of four concerts went on sale June 13, and single tickets will go on sale in August at or by calling 503-234-4077. Single tickets are priced at $30-$50. Complete information about programs and artists, including PCSO's COVID-19 ticket policy, can be found on the web page.

The PCSO 2022-23 season will present several premieres. There will also be works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Beethoven, and Bernstein "threaded throughout our programming and brought to life with passion and brio," the announcement said.

Each program will feature a special soloist, including pianist Miki Sawada making her debut with PCSO. JáTtik Clark, principal tuba with the Oregon Symphony, will return to the PCSO stage and flutist Brian Dunbar will perform in a work by composer Carlos Simon. Grammy-nominated violist Brett Deubner is premiering two works written especially for him.

• The first regular concert will feature Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 and Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Miki Sawada. This concert will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 16, at First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., Portland and at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 18, at Gresham High School auditorium, 1200 N. Main Ave.

• The second concert will feature Grammy-nominated violist Brett Deubner performing two world premieres written for him. The pieces will include Maria Grenfell's River Mountain Sky in its West Coast premiere and the world premiere of Nicole Buetti's Quasar — Elegy for Viola and Orchestra. The orchestra will also play the world premiere of Samarthana by Johan Hugosson and the symphonic dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

These concerts are 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 11, at First United Methodist Church and 3 p.m. Sunday, November 13, at Gresham High School

• The group's traditional "A Very Brassy Holiday" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Adler St., Portland.

• At 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, at First United Methodist Church, and 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 12, at Gresham High School, PCSO will perform Jennifer Higdon's arrangement of Amazing Grace. Flutist Brian Dunbar performs the West coast premiere of Movements for Flute and Orchestra. The group will also perform Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig Van Beethoven

• The final concert of the season will feature JáTtik Clark with PCSO performing composer Michael Daugherty's Reflections on the Mississippi, Maurice Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and John William's Devil's Dance. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at First United Methodist Church and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Gresham High School.

Portland Columbia Symphony was founded in 1982 and "champions a diverse community of musicians and audiences through affordable and accessible performances," the season announcement said. It said it is the only orchestra serving East County/Gresham.

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