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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 16 December 2021

Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP), the country’s longest running youth orchestra, brings all their ensembles together for the 60th annual Concert-at-Christmas on Sunday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m. PYP invites you to join them in-person at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as they perform several wonderful pieces under the leadership of Musical Director David Hattner, Conductor Lawrence Johnson, ConductorGiancarlo Castro D’Addona, Conductor Inés Voglar Belgique, and Coach Gordon Rencher. In an effort to make PYP’s performances more accessible, this event will also be livestreamed.

“PYP's annual Concert-At-Christmas is a wonderful showcase for our entire organization,” PYP’s Musical Director, David Hattner said. “Audiences attend to hear the progression of our ensembles from youngest to merely young. I love the anticipation of our musicians who are performing in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for the first time, as well as the delighted parents and visiting family.”

Since 1925

PYP has inspired young and young-at-heart audiences throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington since its first performance in 1925. This is your opportunity to be a part of PYP’s rich history and be transported to far off places during this post-Christmas tradition, which started in 1961.

“The music will evoke many different places and peoples, from the Middle East to Jurassic Park,” Hattner continued.

“Our once-a-year orchestra of PYP alumni will perform a world premiere of Childhood Memories by Farhad Poupel, who lives in Iran. And Our Philharmonic Orchestra will present Carlos Chávez's Sinfonia India, using actual indigenous themes from Mexico in an exciting whirlwind of colors.”

As Hattner stated, the evening will include several fantastic pieces. One other highlight includes a performance of Edvard Grieg’s Arabian Dance from Peer Gynt No. 2.

This holiday season, celebrate Portland’s most dedicated young musicians as they perform these outstanding pieces, new and old, that are sure to leave you clamoring for more.

Attendee information

PYP is a member of the Portland Performing Arts Vaccine Coalition. To attend the performance, PYP requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test, administered by a healthcare provider within 72 hours of the event. All people ages 5 and up will also be required to wear masks over nose and mouth while inside the concert hall.

In-person tickets start at $10 for seniors, $15 for adults, and live stream passes are $13. To learn more about the concert, musical artists, and to purchase tickets, visit portlandyouthphil.org/concerts; in-person tickets may also be purchased at the venue door.

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