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The orchestra opened its February 12, 2017 performance with a chamber symphony work entitled Three Places in Oregon composed in 2008 by Salem cellist and composer, Dr. Joseph Harchanko, pictured at right. The piece was revised specially for this performance. Its three movements, Painted Hills, Cape Foulweather, and Wizard Island, were inspired by three diverse Oregon landscapes.
This was followed by Cello Concerto No. 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921), composed in 1872, featuring Dr. Harchanko on cello.
After intermission, the orchestra performed the lovely Symphony No. 1 by Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957).
Concert No. 1 • October 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
This program of classic Romanticism included Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, also known as Symphony No. 8, D.759, and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, Op. 38, which is well known as his “Spring” Symphony.
Additionally, violinist Alexandra Wenig was our featured soloist and performed J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor. Recently arrived in the Portland area, Ms. Wenig was formerly with the Houston Symphony for 14 seasons and was featured as a concerto soloist on multiple occasions with that renowned ensemble.
Audience comments included such accolades as
Bravo! What a stellar fall performance. The audience enjoyed every note! Exceptional venue as well. Overjoyed with your performance!
Facebook comments include “nice concert, thanks!” plus “the acoustics on our new concert stage are brilliant. …”
Many thanks to all who joined us this evening.
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Concert No. 4 – Free Admission
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
It’s almost summer – and we celebrated it with the sensuous music of our final concert of the season, Sensuous Summer. Admission to this performance was completely free and featured the youthful Serenade for Winds by Richard Strauss, the sensuous Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, the sultry sonorities of Niels Gade’s Hamlet Overture, and a rich arrangement of O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen for brass. The program concluded with the sprightly Symphony No. 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven.
The drawing for the Symphony’s annual raffle was held during intermission. Many congratulations to the lucky winners! Among the prizes were a stay at the beach, a party for ten people at a local winery, and season tickets for the Symphony’s next season. This concert was supported by a grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Concert No. 3 – New World: Dvořák, Smetana, and Debussy
Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 7:00p.m.
Audience members journeyed with us from the Czech homeland as depicted in The Moldau by Smetana, to the West as depicted in Symphony No. 9 “New World” by Dvořák, and then ventured into fantasy in the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy.
These masterworks are always incredible, especially in an intimate orchestral setting.
Concert No. 2, plus 3rd Annual Silent Auction
Sunday, February 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Tualatin Presbyterian Church, 9230 SW Siletz Drive, Tualatin, Oregon 97062 (map).
Mark Perlman, Conductor and Music Director
Tualatin Valley Symphony presented its second performance of the season, Epic Romance, which included works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, and Brouwer. Our very own Marlène Cassar, harpist, was featured on the Saint-Saëns piece, Morceau de Concert. Ms. Cassar studied at the Conservatory of Music d’Avignon in France under Maryvonne Dupire and Reine Lequerrec, and really made the music come alive in this brilliant work!
The symphony’s 3rd Annual Silent Auction was also held this evening. Items bid on included beach getaways, cultural events tickets, and sports memorabilia, among others. Proceeds from the auction help us pay for various expenses such as sheet music rental, advertising and website-related costs, and more. Many congratulations to the happy winners, announced at the performance!
Tualatin Valley Symphony opened the season on Sunday, October 25, 2015, with the rich sonorities of Brahms and Beethoven. The program featured Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major and the Violin Concerto in D major by Johannes Brahms. Anthea Kreston, an award-winning virtuoso, joined the Symphony as the soloist for the Brahms concerto. It was one of the symphony’s finest performances ever!
Our fourth and final concert of the 2014-2015 season included W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, as well as Karl Jenkins’ Palladio for strings.
We also held a fund-raising Drawing during the concert’s intermission. Congratulations to the lucky winners of the Grand Prize (2-night stay at a Pacific City beach house) and Second Prize (Wine & Cheese Tasting for up to 10 at K&M Winery), and to all who won other prizes! Your support of our orchestra is much appreciated and really helps us continue to provide beautiful music for your listening pleasure year after year. Thank you!
This program included Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D minor featuring soloist Mitch Iimori, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, and Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture.
To call Mitch Iimori a versatile musician is an understatement – on Facebook he is known as “Mitch the Ultimate Multi-Instrumentalist”. This Japanese-born Portland musician plays 50 instruments in 20 different styles, and speaks 10 languages, and is also a woodwind repair technician, as well as a surrealist painter. He is instructor of oboe, flute, clarinet, saxophone, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, guitar, balalaika, and many more. He has played with the Oregon Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Washington Chamber Orchestra, Third Angle, Columbia Symphony Orchestra and Portland Taiko. In January 2015, he appeared as the Erhu (Chinese vertical fiddle) soloist in Oregon Symphony’s Star Trek concert. He is also an active studio musician, and recorded the theme music of “Oregon Experience” (flute, clarinet, oboe) on OPB that is heard daily on OPB. He is also a consummate entertainer. In addition to playing the Marcello oboe concerto, he brought some other more exotic instruments to show off and serenade us with after the concerto.
A Valentine’s Romance
Feb. 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Thanks to all who attended last night’s concert and silent auction fund raiser — we truly appreciate your support! As Mark said, the final piece by Hanson was dedicated to you — our families, our loved ones and friends. A fine time was had by all, and congratulations to the auction winners!