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The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and features Lake Oswego musician Kevin Tsai

Metropolitan Youth Symphony will open its 2019-20 season Nov. 10 with a program centered around the tour de force "Beethoven 7." The concert fittingly begins a season that is full of energy, optimism and brand new music.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and features the MYS Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Paul Gomez and Lake Oswego musician Kevin Tsai, the MYS Concerto Competition Winner for strings.

Tsai has played the violin for 12 years and studies with renowned soloist, concertmaster and Artistic Director of Montana Baroque Festival Adam LaMotte. With this performance Tsai solos in the first movement from Violin Concerto No. 2 by Polish violin virtuoso Henryk Wieniawski. The piece calls for an impressive array of advanced violin performance technique including chromatic glissandi, double stops, arpeggios, sixths, octaves, thirds, chromatic scales and artificial harmonics, in addition to a wide variety of bowing techniques, which Tsai handles with aplomb.

The program includes Joan Tower's "For the Uncommon Woman," Matthew Kaminski's "Hidden Voices," making its world premiere as part of The Authentic Voice program; Henryk Vieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 (movement 1) and Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7.

Tickets range in price from $11 to $43 and can be purchased online at playmys.org or by calling 503-239-4566.

Other upcoming concerts in the season include:

— Lights, Camera, Music! taking place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Newmark Theatre.

— Regina Carter Plays 4 Sisters, at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and

— Dance Party: Then and Now, at 7:30 p.m. May 24 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.


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