Saturday, March 9, 2024 @ 7:00pm – 10:00pm (PST)
Garver Theater, Camas School District, Camas, WA, United States
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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA is excited to announce a second performance of its upcoming Woodwind Serenades program has been added to its schedule. Performances will be held Saturday, March 9 at Joyce Garver Theater in Camas, WA, and Sunday, March 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, WA. The program is part of the VSO's Chamber Music Series, sponsored by Oregon Public Broadcasting, and will be conducted by the conductor and music director of the Portland State University Orchestra, Maestro Ken Selden. Selden has conducted for the VSO on several occasions in the past, most recently in April of 2021 when piano virtuoso Orli Shaham performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for the VSO's all-virtual season.

This program includes Antonín Dvořák's Serenade for Wind Instruments, Op. 44 and W.A. Mozart's Serenade No. 11 for winds in E-flat major, and will feature VSO musicians Dieter Ratzlaf, Garrett Jellesma, Alan Juza, Nicholas Thompson, Igor Shakhman, Barbara Heilmair, Margaret McShea, Joe Hartman, Nicole Buetti, Dan Partridge, Wendy Peebles, and James Cameron. Mozart's Serenade is an example of the German Harmoniemusik, which designated music performed on wind instruments that was meant to be heard outdoors during parties or recreation. Dvořák's Serenade is marked for its old-world, classical style, which is reminiscent of the Rococo period and inspired by the works of Mozart.

Performances on Mar. 9 & 10.

About Nicholas Thompson (WA), oboe

Oboist Nicholas Thompson is a member of the Vancouver (WA) Symphony Orchestra

About Joseph Hartman, bassoon

Joseph Hartman serves as Second Bassoon of the Oregon Mozart Players, Principal Bassoonist of the Eugene Concert Choir, and has performed with other orchestras in Oregon including the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Newport Symphony, Portland Columbia Symphony, and other groups. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from the University of Oregon in 2011 studying with Dr. Steve Vacchi and a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from Indiana University Bloomington studying with William Ludwig in 2013. In 2011, Hartman attended The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock, Maine.

About Ken Selden, conductor

Since arriving in Portland in 2006, Ken Selden has appeared as guest conductor of the Oregon Symphony, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and the Newport Symphony. Most recently, his two CD recordings of Mahler and Debussy arrangements with the newly established Martingale Ensemble were released on MSR Classics.

Following Selden's appointment as Music Director, the Portland State University Orchestra has received three awards in Adventurous Programming from ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras.