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Portland Chamber Orchestra presents “Pictures at an Exhibition”

Date: 3:00pm PDT May 11, 2014 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

The concert presents two new and vibrant interpretations of the renowned Mussorgsky composition, led by two world class conductors.

The first half, conducted by Maestro Yaacov Bergman, presents a version of Pictures at an Exhibition for chamber orchestra by Julian Yu that invokes musical color found only in chamber music. With frequent use of musical elements of Yu’s native China, it often uses metal percussion instruments (such as vibraphone, glockenspiel, bells and celesta) to give a humorous Chinese flavor to the work. The work is paired with an experimental dance video created especially for this performance in the intimate and beautiful environment of the Agnes Flanagan Chapel.   

The second half, led by Israeli conductor and composer Yaron Gottfried, is a version for jazz trio and chamber orchestra. The melodies and themes of Mussorgsky’s original version are dressed in new colors and inspire new forms for the jazz trio to improvise. Each movement is approached differently, while being transformed into a live, authentic encounter between classical and jazz.

Jazz Trio:

Yaron Gottfried, Piano

David Captein, Bass

Gary Hobbs, Drums


The concert will be performed twice:

  • Friday, May 9 at 7:30 pm - Liberty Theater, Astoria
  • Sunday, May. 11 at 3:00 PM - Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College


Single tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $15 for students and $5 for children.


 “The orchestra, under the direction of Yaacov Bergman, stands out from other Portland ensembles for its imaginative use of poetry, visual art & film in its concerts.” - David Stabler, The Oregonian

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About the Portland Chamber Orchestra: The oldest incorporated chamber orchestra in the country, the Portland Chamber Orchestra is known for its innovative concerts with a fusion of art forms. Its tagline is ‘the intimate symphony with infinite imagination.’ The orchestra is made up of local professional musicians. Learn more at

Portland Chamber Orchestra is funded in part by The Regional Arts and Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland and Multnomah County; and by Work for Art, including contributions from more than 70 companies and nearly 2000 employees in the region; and by the Oregon Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.