Saturday, September 23, 2017, 4:00 pm PST at Liberty Theatre
2017/2018 Classical Series - Debut Season!
Important: The Portland Chamber Orchestra with special guest, pianist Ruusamari Teppo
Yaacov Bergman, Music Director
George Walker...Lyric For Strings
Ernest Block...Concerto Grosso No. 1, Ruusamari Teppo, Pianist
Jean Sibelius...Impromptu for Strings
W.A. Mozart...Piano Concerto No 14 in E-flat Major, Ruusamari Teppo, Pianist
Portland Chamber Orchestra
"Now in its 70th season, PCO has embarked on our most exciting music-making year to date. Under the expert musical direction of West Coast favorite, Yaki Bergman, PCO has made a choice to be a beacon of unity that celebrates, welcomes, and embraces all people, both within our organization and in our communities. Our concerts have always been and will continue to be a place to not just enjoy an artistic fusion experience, but also serve as a haven where cultures and experiences are celebrated on stage."
Ruusamari Teppo, Piano
"Pianist Ruusamari Teppo started piano in her native country, Finland, at the age of five. After graduating from the Sibelius High School in Helsinki, she studied for three years and has earned artist’s certificates for the Prague Conservatory and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.
Ruusamari has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the USA, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Estonia, and South Africa. In March 2008 she won the second prize at the Petroff Piano competition in San Antonio, Texas. She has been an artist in several festivals (Inkoo Meri ja Musiikki, Stellenbosh International Chamber Music Festival) and has performed for radio and television in Finland and the United States.
A direct descendant of Jean Sibelius, Ruusamari performs many of his works including a project for the unpublished, early chamber works. Ms. Teppo was also a coordinator for the Fourth International Jean Sibelius Conference held in Denton, Texas."
Maestro Yaacov Bergman
Maestro Bergman is currently Music Director/Conductor of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Walla Walla Symphony, the Siletz Bay Music Festival and the McCall Idaho Summerfest. He is the former Music Director of the Colorado Springs Symphony, The New York Heritage Symphony, and the 92nd St Y Orchestra in New York City. His versatility has led to frequent guest appearances across the globe conducting the symphonic, operatic, oratorio, balletic, and pops repertoires.
Born in Israel, Bergman's early musical training began with violin and vocal studies, but he soon expressed an avid interest in composing and conducting. After graduation from the Rubin Academy of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, with majors in conducting and composition, he completed post-graduate studies at the Mannes College of Music in New York as a student of Richard Westenburg. He pursued further conducting studies under the guidance of Charles Bruck, a disciple of Pierre Monteux, as well as private study under Leonard Bernstein. In 1998 he was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Colorado Technical University"
General Admission Seating.