Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 2:00 PM
Arlene Schnitzer Hall
1037 SW Broadway
Portland OR 97205
Green Eggs and Ham
The lights go down, the music starts, the snare drum sets a steady march. One beat, two beats, three beats, four – it’s Dr. Seuss’ tales and more! Kids Series Concert
Norman Huynh, conductor
Pam Mahon, narrator
Pacific Youth Choir
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.
Pam Mahon is thrilled to be sharing the stage once again with the Oregon Symphony. She thoroughly enjoys entertaining and educating our youngest audiences in the guise of a major general, a superhero, a cowgirl, and an alien from outer space, to name a few of the zany characters she has played over the years. Ms. Mahon also performs as host in the Oregon Symphony’s school day Kinderkonzerts, Young People’s Concerts, and Carnegie Hall Link Up National Concerts.
Other Portland credits include: Lureena Jones, Adrift in Macao (Broadway Rose); Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard of OZ and Brooke Wyndham, Legally Blonde: The Musical (Pixie Dust Productions); Mazeppa, Gypsy (Portland Center Stage); Susan, [title of show] (Triangle Productions); Mary Bland, Eating Raoul (Live on Stage); Aldonza, Man of La Mancha; Mother, Ragtime; Baker’s Wife, Into the Woods; Claire Ganz, Rumors; Donna/Oolie, City of Angels; Carmen, Sweet Charity; Pam, The Full Monty (Lakewood Theatre Company); Young Boy, Jenůfa; Chocholka/Jay, The Cunning Little Vixen; Papagena, The Magic Flute; Nurse Maid, Street Scene (Portland Opera).
Dance West is the pre-professional dance company at the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton, OR. Dance West provides an intensive training program for the school’s most advanced dance students desiring in-depth study and performance experience. Dancers who have auditioned for placement range in ages from 13–19 and commit to at least one full year of a training and performance schedule. The students, staff, and administrators share a common goal of developing stellar students with an arts-infused curriculum. Company members participate in a daily schedule of rigorous core academic studies, dance technique classes, and a two-and-a-half-hour rehearsal period to pursue dance and associated college or career avenues. Students are encouraged to attend college and their participation in this repertory company exposes them to college informants and adjudicators who help them find the right match. In addition to their core academic studies, students develop their technical and presentation skills and experience life in the professional world of dance.
Pacific Youth Choir
Pacific Youth Choir (PYC) serves over 300 singers in ten auditioned flagship choirs from kindergarten through 12th grade. Established in 2003 by Artistic Director Mia Hall Miller, PYC has become a cultural resource that changes lives through high-level choral artistry in an open, joyful, and nurturing environment.
In 2016, after being awarded the Oregon Symphony’s Schnitzer Wonder Award, PYC broadened its choral reach by providing a free after-school choir program at Whitman Elementary in Portland. Following the success of that program, PYC expanded this year with two additional locations, Marysville Elementary and the Wattles Boys and Girls Club in SE Portland.
PYC, honored to be “in residence” at Trinity Cathedral, collaborates regularly with Oregon’s top musical organizations including the Oregon Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater, Whitebird Dance, Trinity Choir, and Thomas Lauderdale and Pink Martini in performances and recordings, including the “Gold” Joy to The World.
This season in addition to regularly scheduled concerts, PYC is excited to perform with the Oregon Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Chanticleer, and Dr. Rollo Dilworth in workshops and mini concerts. PYC enjoys regional and national recognition. Last spring PYC was honored to perform for their sixth American Choral Directors Association Convention.
Please see pacificyouthchoir.org for more information.