Monday, December 17, 2018, 7:30 PM
Arlene Schnitzer Hall
1037 SW Broadway
Portland OR 97205
Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas
Light holiday classics, a very merry sing-along, and seasonal favorites make for a jubilant evening shared with friends and the Oregon Symphony. Special Concert
Norman Huynh, conductor
Norman Huynh is currently in his third season as associate conductor of the Oregon Symphony. Selected from a field of over 100 candidates from around the world, he was chosen for his exceptional conducting technique, his passion for a wide-ranging repertoire, and his unique ability to communicate with an audience.
The recipient of the 2015 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship, he has previously conducted the St. Louis, City of Birmingham (UK), Baltimore, Toledo, Charlotte, and Virginia symphonies, and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.
He made his international conducting debut with the Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra in Bangkok, Thailand, and has also conducted the Leipzig Symphony. He previously served as assistant conductor for the Spoleto Festival USA, the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine, Opera Carolina, the Lyric Opera of Baltimore, the Peabody Opera Theatre, and The Peabody Singers.
Norman co-founded the Occasional Symphony, an organization that spreads orchestral music throughout the city of Baltimore. Occasional Symphony performs on holidays by presenting innovative programs that resonate with its eclectic venue.
Norman studied orchestral conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, working with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop. He received his B.S. in music education at the University of Alabama. For backstage stories, follow Norman on Instagram @normanconductor.
The Oregon Chorale is a sixty-voice symphonic choir directed by Jason Sabino. Founded by Bernie Kuehn and based in Hillsboro, OR, the Oregon Chorale has been delighting audiences since 1985, performing choral music from around the world and maintaining an appreciation for technique while exhibiting flexibility of musical style. The passion for singing challenging, beautiful music is matched only by a love of the community and the fun created together. The Chorale has sung in over 40 languages, traveled all over the world, and are constantly looking for the next big work to perform. Its formal concerts showcase a variety of styles from Classical to Baroque, Renaissance to Contemporary. Less formal presentations include world folk music, spirituals, dinner theater, and staged shows.
The Chorale has toured in Europe six times (1989, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2014) and has produced four CDs. It performs six concerts per year, every year since its inception, including seven original musicals under the direction of Linda Needham. In addition to its regular concert series, the Chorale has performed regularly in the Grotto’s Festival of Lights and other choral events from Astoria to Hillsboro to Portland.
The Chorale is committed to fostering the musical development of young people in Washington County. The internship program started in 2000, and continues to offer twelve talented high school singers the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Chorale each year.