March 19, 2013

Bernstein, Brubeck headline Portland orchestra's 2013-14 schedule

By Bob Keyes
Staff Writer

The 2013-14 season of the Portland Symphony Orchestra will feature some of the great composers of the United States and Europe, with interpretations by the offspring of some of those composers.

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Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the late Leonard Bernstein, will join the orchestra in March 2014 when it presents a program called "Bernstein's Sacred Side," which will include his Symphony No. 3. Jamie Bernstein will narrate the program.

In November, the symphony's Pops! series will feature the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, featuring Chris and Dan Brubeck, sons of the late jazz icon Dave Brubeck.

The orchestra announced its coming season Tuesday afternoon. It had planned a gathering at the Portland Public Library to unveil the season, but that event was canceled because of the snowstorm.

Instead, maestro Robert Moody planned to make the announcement via a video feed on the orchestra's website late Tuesday afternoon.

He spoke with the Portland Press Herald before the announcement.

The symphony's 89th season will begin Sept. 29 and extend through June 17, 2014.

The Tuesday and Sunday Classical series will feature the music of composers from the United States (Aaron Copland and Bernstein) and Europe (Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky).

The PSO Pops! series will feature music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and the Beatles, in addition to Brubeck.

The season will include 19 concerts, as well as 11 "Magic of Christmas" concerts from Dec. 13 to Dec. 22. All concerts will be held at Portland's Merrill Auditorium.

"I am striving for what I have been striving for all along, and that is to think of each concert as a unique journey," Moody said. "We have this once-ever experience of a group of people being in a room together experiencing the power of live music. We are all participants. No one is a bystander. The audience is not an onlooker, but part of that experience."

For details and to hear Moody talk about the season, visit

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