Since its founding in the 1920s, Portland Youth Philharmonic has provided young musicians with a challenging opportunity to explore their creativity while receiving the highest quality music education possible.
The orchestra's long tradition of excellence in education and inspiring performances dates back to PYP's first concert in February 1925.
The PYP orchestra and conductor David Hattner continue their 96th season on Saturday, March 7, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 4. Praised as "one of the greatest orchestral works since Beethoven" by musicologist Donald Francis Tovey, Brahms' rich fourth symphony was the composer's last.
This concert also features 16-year-old violin soloist Nate Strothkamp. A sophomore at Oregon Episcopal School, Strothkamp has played the violin for 11 years. He first joined PYP's Conservatory Orchestra in 2015. He is now the Philharmonic Orchestra's co-concertmaster, and in December 2019 won the organization's concerto competition.
"I began taking violin lessons at age 5," Strothkamp said. "The first concert I ever attended was a PYP concert, which my mom took me to after about six months of violin lessons, to inspire me."
Strothkamp will perform Austrian-born composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto.
"I fell in love with this piece after hearing a student recording of it on YouTube," he said. "I decided that one day I would have to play the concerto. To be honest, I did not think that day would come so soon, but I am extremely grateful for this opportunity."
The performance also features Chinese composer Li Huanzhi's Spring Festival Overture, beautifully illustrating the traditional celebration of the Lunar New Year in the Shanbei region of Northwest China.
Tickets start at $5 in the orchestra level and can be purchased online at www.portlandyouthphil.org/concerts or on the day of the concert at the door.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is located at 1037 SW Broadway Blvd. in Portland.
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