Portland Chamber

    Valentine ’s Day. It’s a day many of us dread, for several reasons. For those singles, it’s a glaring reminder of their singleness. For husbands, like me, its pressure to do something extra special to make your wife know how loved and special that she is. The pressure is double for me because Valentine’s Day is my wife’s favorite holiday.
    Last year, I did something sweet and special, something I was able to do with a good amount of effort and a limited budget. This year, I want to do something even more special.

    But what?

    Well, what could be more romantic than a symphony?

    This February 13th and 14th, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, a part of Lewis & Clark College, is putting on a special piano concert featuring the music of Mozart, Mozartiana.

    After leaving his war ravaged home country of Finland, Composer Boris Sirpo founded the Portland Chamber Orchestra in 1947. The orchestra was originally composed wholly of Mr. Sirpo’s music students at Lewis and Clark College. The Portland Chamber orchestra, which has been under the leadership of Yaacov Bergman since 2002, is one of the oldest and most celebrated orchestras in America. Keeping with Sirpo’s goal of quality and class, the Orehcestra “Now…has developed its distinctive timbre and a new focus of a fusion of art forms, while bringing to audiences World, American and Northwest Premieres.

    In 2011, Willamette Week’s annual Finder edition called the PCO “The Most Ambitious” Arts Organization in Portland:
    “’Punching way above its weight, under music director Yaacov Bergman, PCO has lately been the city’s most innovative orchestra, combining music with visual arts, poetry, theater, even science and sex.’”

    This seems like a good start for Valentine’s Day, especially since my wife loves instrumental/classical music.
    Further, the romance, genius, and drama of Mozart and simplicity of a piano? This has all the makings of a surefire home run.

    I hope she doesn’t read this, but, the plan is to get her a fancy new dress (or, would it be a gown?), and I’ll go rent a classy tux (preferably one with tails) followed by a Valentine’s Dinner at one of the most romantic restaurants in Portland, the Melting Pot. From there, it will be a limousine ride to Lewis and Clark College and the Agnes Flanagan Chapel for a night of sweet romance and indescribable beauty… and music too!

    Yes, this is it. A surefire homerun, and then, of course, home to a bed covered in rose petals and, you know, whatever…

    The Portland Chamber Orchestra is a year-round treasure here in Portland, Oregon. The Mozartina piano concerto this Valentine’s Day is just one example of what this musical delight has to offer.

    For more information, visit www.portllandchamber.org

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