The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra presents a program of exciting dance music on Friday, November 22, at 7:30 pm lead by Finalist Conductor Steven Byess in works by Borodin, Khachaturian, and Stravinsky. Oregon Symphony’s JáTtikClark solos in Jeff Tyzik’s Four Dances for Tuba.
Dear PPOA Patrons,
You are invited to attend our Sponsor PCSO Third Concert of the season at our special group price. The first ten paid PPOA Patrons will be my personal guest to the post-reception Patron party right after our concert. Natcharee ~
Concert venue is the First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson with free parking. TriMet/Max Stop: Goose Hollow.
Musical exoticism infuses this delightful program of dance works, featuring the entire PCSO. Borodin's thrilling dances of the Polovtsi tribe, Khachaturian's breathtaking and sensual dance of the lovers Spartacus and Phrygia, the dynamic Oregon Symphony tubist Ja’Ttik Clark performing an exciting set of dances by Jeff Tyzik, and Stravinsky's extraordinary array of colors and brilliant setting of Russia's great folk tale, The Firebird, make this a program not to be missed!
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Tyzik:Four Dances for Tuba and Orchestra
Ja'Ttik Clark, tuba
Khachaturian: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Spartacus
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird
PCSO is celebrating its 32nd season in[masked] and is introducing the five finalist conductor candidates vying to become the next Music Director. Huw Edwards is Conductor Emeritus after leading the orchestra for twelve successful seasons.
STEVEN BYESS is the Music Director of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (formerly the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra) and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, and Associate Music Director for the Ohio Light Opera, and formerly held the posts of Cover Conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Conductor for the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. With the Ohio Light Opera he has conducted, to critical acclaim, over 450 performances of 60 diverse operas, operettas, and musical theater works, and has recorded fifteen CD recordings by Newport Classics, Albany Records, and Operetta Archives including Johann Strauss’ A Night In Venice, Victor Herbert’s Naughty Marietta and The Fortune Teller, Emmerich Kàlmàn’s Autumn Maneuvers, Countess Maritza, Das Veilchen vom Montmartre, Der Güte Komerad, and Die Faschingsfee, Rudolph Friml’s The Vagabond King, Berte’s Das Dreimäderlhaus, Sigmund Romberg's Maytime and Blossom Time, Sullivan's The Sorcerer, and Sousa's El Capitan. Former posts also include Opera Conductor for the Cleveland Institute of Music (Ohio), Music Director of Opera for California State University — Los Angeles, Music Director of the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, and the conducting faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Mr. Byess received his Bachelor of Music Degree in classical performance and jazz studies from Georgia State University, and his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Louis Lane and Carl Topilow, bassoon with George Goslee and David McGill, violin with Carol Ruzicka, and piano with Olga Radosavljevich. He also attended the Pierre Monteux Memorial School for Conductors under the tutelage of Maître Charles Bruck. In addition to his conducting studies with Louis Lane, Robert Shaw, and Carl Topilow, he has worked under the auspices of the American Symphony Orchestra League with such noted conductors as Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, and Otto Werner Mueller. Mr. Byess was an assistant to conductor Robert Shaw at the Shaw Institute in Souilliac, France.
JáTtik Clark began his professional music career as Principal Tuba of the Oregon Symphony in the fall of 1999. Now approaching his fifteenth season with the orchestra, JáTtik has become quite active as an orchestra/chamber musician, soloist, and teacher both in the local Portland music scene and beyond. He has performed with some of the top US orchestras including the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Seattle Symphonies. Locally, he has also played with a wide variety of groups including Chamber Music Northwest, the Rob Scheps Big Band, Big Horn Brass, Pink Martini and the Third Angle Music Ensemble.
As a soloist, JáTtik has performed the Ralph Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with both the Oregon Symphony and the Vancouver, WA Symphony. More recently, he gave the Oregon premier of the Luis Cardoso Double Concertino for Tuba, Tenor Saxophone and Wind Ensemble with the University of Portland. For the[masked] performance season, JáTtik will be featured as soloist with the Vancouver (WA) Symphony, the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, and the Oregon State Wind Ensemble.
During the summers, JáTtik also has the distinct pleasure of performing with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, WY and the Oregon Coast Music Festival (in addition to Sunriver). Besides his orchestral and other performance duties, JáTtik is also the Applied Tuba/Euphonium Instructor at both Portland State University and Oregon State University. More recently, he has been appointed to the same position at Lewis & Clark University. JáTtik holds a Masters of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelors of Music (cum laude) from The University of South