Celebrate the 100th birthdays of Leonard Bernstein and Portland Youth Philharmonic’s second Musical Director Jacob Avshalomov, with master works by each composer. Opening with Johannes Brahms’s powerful Tragic Overture the program continues with Avshalomov’s exhilarating tone poem, The Taking of T’ung Kuan, inspired by one of China’s most famous poets, Li-Po.
14-year-old cellist Kira Wang, winner of PYP's 2018-19 Concerto Competition, will perform Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the orchestra.
“Schelomo is a Hebraic Rhapsody written by the Swiss-born American composer, Ernst Bloch in 1915,” explains Wang. “It was composed at the end of Bloch’s “Jewish Cycle” and is considered by many to be one of his finest works. Written after the outbreak of World War I, Bloch was pouring out his emotions influenced by the suffering he witnessed. The word Schelomo means Solomon, and thus is King Solomon’s story from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Bloch identified the solo cello as the voice of King Solomon and the orchestra personifying the world surrounding him.”
Tickets start at just $5 and are on sale now at www.portlandyouthphil.org/concerts.
Sponsor: US Bank