Young stars to shine in art and concert gala
by MJ Wallis
for the Burns Times-Herald
Philharmonic is, by definition, a society that promotes the study, performance and appreciation of music. The Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP), 100-strong and bound for Burns, fulfills that definition in full measure. Our community welcomes these young musicians and conductor David Hattner for a 7 p.m. concert on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Burns High School gymnasium.
The musicians audition for a place in the PYP, one of the country’s foremost youth orchestras. They demonstrate advanced technical proficiency, poise and musical interpretation, self-discipline and interpersonal skills, and commitment to the hefty time requirements for rehearsals and concerts.
The PYP performs four seasonal concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Hall in Portland, and a variety of community concerts. Their popular children’s concerts introduce grade-schoolers to music appreciation; program portions, titled, “Meet the Instrument” and “Be a Conductor” stir 3-8th grade imaginations.
The orchestra tours, nationally and internationally, with stickers from Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand gracing their collective travel trunks. Their 2004 East Coast expedition included a performance at New York City’s Carnige Hall.
Musicians of the PYP also participate in a nationally recognized Peer Mentor Program. Instrumentalists from the orchestra give area middle-school students private lessons. The mentoring “pays forward” the opportunities private lessons gave to the PYP members.
David Hattner, Musical Director and Conductor for the Portland Youth Philharmonic, is in his fifth season with the group. He is a strong supporter of music in schools, investing his time and talents in regional outreaches. Hattner directs the PYP performance of “Grieg’s Piano Concerto,” Howard Hanson’s “Elegy,” and Dvorak’s “Symphonic Variations” for the Burns concert Saturday evening.
Tickets are available at Gourmet and Gadgets, 340 N. Broadway in Burns, or at the Roundbarn Visitors Center in Diamond, and a limited number of tickets for remaining seats will be sold at the door. Concertgoers may visit with the musicians at a reception following the concert. And remember the student art show, an intriguing exhibit of high school visual artists’ canvas interpretations of the PYP’s musical pieces, on display at the reception.