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2017–2018 Concert Season

Season ticket subscriptions receive a 10% discount when purchased before Sept. 15, 2017.

Individual concert tickets are available for sale September 16, 2017.

Concert programs are subject to change without notice. For accommodations for disabilities, contact Nancy Currans, 541.286.5580.

Portland Youth Philharmonic
David Hattner, Conductor
FREE Pre-Season Concert

The Portland Youth Philharmonic is a full symphonic orchestra that demands commitment to an intensive schedule of rehearsals and performances of repertoire that closely parallels that of a professional orchestra.

Our Judeo-Romano-Christian Heritage
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 “Reformation”
Bloch: Schelomo
with Anne Ridlington, cello
Respighi: Pines of Rome

As part of the recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which was triggered by the actions of Martin Luther in 1519, the symphony will present an ecumenical retrospective of three major components in our western cultural heritage. Through Schelomo by Ernest Bloch, the orchestra embraces our Jewish heritage, and through Respighi’s powerful and pictorial Pines of Rome, the Orchestra brings to life several aspects of our Roman heritage. The Reformation Symphony of Mendelssohn was specifically composed in 1830 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the “Augsburg Confession,” a statement of the tenets of the Protestant faith.

Soloist Anne Ridlington is a Corvallis native who started her musical studies early, first taking violin lessons with Peg Varvel and Aida Baker, and later cello, with Nancy Sowdon and Hamilton Cheifetz of Portland. She spent many years playing in local youth orchestras under the direction of Ms. Sowdon, Penelope Wolff, and Charles Creighton.

Ridlington earned her Bachelor of Music in cello performance at Indiana University School of Music, where she studied primarily with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi but also took lessons with Helga Winold, Emilio Colón, and Janos Starker. She spent a year playing in the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, and a year in Santa Barbara, California, playing on the sidewalk for tourist dollars. Since returning to Corvallis, Ms. Ridlington has taught in the Elementary Strings Program and at the Corvallis Waldorf School and gives private lessons. Anne is a member of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, where she is Principal Cello, and the Oregon Mozart Players. She often performs with the Corvallis Repertory Singers. In May 2010, she performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Rachelle McCabe, Jessica Lambert, and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony.

Holiday Favorites
with OSU Choruses & Soloists
Holiday Singalong
Hallelujah Chorus

This early December concert featuring the massed choirs of Oregon State University performing with the orchestra has been a time-honored signal for the start of the holiday season. The concert will include the traditional sing-along, as well as several outstanding OSU student instrumental soloists.

The Two Big Bs: Beethoven and Bruckner
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
with Alexander Tutunov, piano
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

Corvallis favorite Alexander Tutunov returns to perform the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto. Rounding out the program will be the Bruckner Seventh Symphony featuring a choir of eight Wagner tubas, a group within the orchestra’s horn section that was first featured in last February’s memorable performance of the Bruckner Eighth Symphony.

Pianist Alexander Tutunov

Pianist Alexander Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. First Prize Winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as "...exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent."

Dr. Tutunov maintains a busy performing schedule in Europe, China, Mexico, and the United States as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and on radio and television. Dr. Tutunov is also in demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions.

Tutunov's recording of the Abeliovich Piano Concerto was featured as part of the Emmy award-winning soundtrack for the History Channel documentary, Russia: Land of Tsars, and his CD of the Tchaikovsky Concert Fantasy with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra was produced in January 2008. Other recordings include Concerto for Piano & Orchestra by Peter Sacco with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Albany Records) and the solo piano works of Lev Abeliovich Sonatas & Frescoes, Trio, Songs (Altarus Records). 

Tutunov graduated magna cum laude from the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory (studies with Anna Artobolevskaya and Lev Naumov) and University of North Texas (piano studies with Joseph Banowetz). Awarded his doctoral diploma with honors in concert performance from the Belarusian State Conservatory, Dr. Tutunov has taught at the Minsk College of Music, the University of North Texas, and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Alexander Tutunov now lives in Ashland, where he is Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University. A successful piano pedagogue, he continues to prepare award-winning students. Dr. Tutunov is Artist in Residence at the University of Alaska Southeast, Artistic Director of the SOU International Piano Institute, and was recently named the Director of the Chinese-American International Piano Institute in Chengdu, China.

MAY 22, TUESDAY, 7:30 PM
Nature and the Human Condition
Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Rounding out the season will be Mahler’s massive Third Symphony.  Mahler referred to this work as both his “monster” symphony and as a work which “...will be something that the world has never heard before.”  In this work, “all nature speaks and tells such deep secrets as one may only intuit in a dream.”  As expected, Maestro Carlson will assemble massive forces for this symphony. 


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