Portland Chamber Orchestra
Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky
Click here to view performance with Yaron Gottfried
“Pictures at an Exhibition”
by Modeste Mussorgsky
Portland Chamber Orchestra
This is the fourth time we are presenting the Portland Chamber Orchestra as part of the Liberty Theater Presents series. PCO is now one of America’s oldest chamber orchestras founded in 1947 by Finnish composer and conductor, Boris Sirpo who came to Portland after leaving his war-torn native country. Maestro Bergman joined PCO in 2002 and has developed a distinctive timbre and focus on a fusion of art forms. And, every year the Liberty audience asks for more. The Liberty Theater is growing our programming each year, to reflect a shared interest in music and multi-arts concepts, of which this event is a perfect example.
Part One – “Pictures at an Exhibition” – the original
Arranged for Chamber Orchestra by Julian Yu
Mussorgsky produced his “Pictures at an Exhibition” to perpetuate the memory of a friend artist and architect Victor Hartmann. Mussorgsky was an ardent Russian nationalist, but he was far more interested in folk art than in the grandiose ornamental designs of the aristocracy. Or, as Tchaikovsky put it, “He likes what is coarse, unpolished and ugly.” He devoted himself to seeking truth in art by crafting a natural style without classical artifice. When Hartmann died in 1874, aged only 39, Mussorgsky was devastated. Following a memorial exhibition of 400 Hartmann works, Mussorgsky seized the inspiration and wrote a suite of ten piano pieces. He based his musical material on drawings and watercolors which were produced during the artist’s travels in Poland, France and Italy. The final movement depicts an architectural design for the capital city of Ukraine. The movements are linked in such a way as to depict the viewer’s own progress through the exhibition. Over two dozen composers were seized by a compulsion to orchestrate it the most famous is by Maurice Ravel.
Part Two – Jazz at an Exhibition” with projected paintings
Arranged for Jazz Trio and Chamber Orchestra by Yaron Gottfried – Music Director of the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra.
Yaron Gottfried, piano, David Captein, bass and Gary Hobbs, drums
This remake brings a contemporary interpretation to the timeless masterpiece by Mussorgsky. Presented as complete suite of 12 movements arranged, orchestrate and recomposed for Jazz Trio (piano, bass and drums) and 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, between written material and improvisation, the overall mood of each picture, as well as the naturalism approach of Mussorgsky, is very much kept alive.
Part of the Liberty Theater Presents! Season Seven
Friday, May 9th, 2014
Show Begins at 7:30 PM
This event is presented by the Liberty Theater