Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Live Orchestra

We took the kids to the free preview concert by the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.  I really enjoyed it.  Jun Iwasaki, the violin soloist, was fantastic.  David Hattner, the conductor and music director, did a great job.  We listened to Variations on America by Charles Ives (orchestrated by William Schuman) and Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein.  We left during intermission.

We learned that Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra was America's first youth orchestra.  It was founded in 1924 by Mary V. Dodge, a schoolteacher in Burns, Oregon.

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