BEAVERTON, Oregon – The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2016-2017 Season with an exuberant symphony of rebirth and renewal, Robert Schumann’sSymphony No. 1 “Spring.” Schumann asked orchestras to “breathe a little of the longing for spring” into the music. He wanted the music “to suggest the world’s turning green, perhaps with a butterfly hovering in the air, and then, in the Allegro, to show how everything to do with spring is coming alive.”
Also on the program is Emily Doolittle’s composition green/blue, which, fittingly, captures the textures of spring. Ms. Doolittle is the latest artist in the BSO’s NW Composers Project, an innovation of Music Director Travis Hatton to showcase the work of living Northwest artists. Emily taught at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she “enjoyed the great variety of musical activities and the rich environment for the exchange of ideas.” Since 2012, the BSO has presented works by a variety of living composers including Tomas Svoboda, Kenji Bunch, and 3 Leg Torso.
And finally, the Young Artist Concerto Competition winners appear on stage with the BSO like a breath of fresh air, full of promise like spring itself. The BSO is proud to sponsor this annual performance showcase and scholarship opportunity for the best young musicians in Washington County, made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County. The winners this year will perform movements from the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2, the Saint- Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, and the Popper Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra.
This year’s talented winners are Kaylee Jeong, a freshman at Jesuit High School who has played cello for eight years, performing the Saint-Saëns; Alison Mills, a junior at Westside Christian High School who began playing the violin at age three, performing the Wieniawski; and Rachel Oh, a sophomore at St. Stephen’s Academy who has played the cello for seven years, performing the Popper.
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:00pm
VBC Grand Auditorium
330 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton OR 97005
Tickets are available at the door and at beavertonsymphony.org. $10, $5, $20 Family
The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1984, is an enthusiastic and talented association of local musicians. The Symphony is committed to enriching the performing arts culture of Washington County and making classical music accessible to the broadest possible audience. The BSO performs five weekends seasonally in the heart of Beaverton, Oregon, for audiences with all levels of interest in classical music. For more information, please visit www.beavertonsymphony.org or call 1-855-HEARBSO.