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Portland Columbia Symphony Strings Play Film Music, Classical Hits in Gresham Park; PCSO’s New Orleans Jazz Band Gives Reprise Performance in the Pearl

Portland, OR –Portland Columbia Symphony has announced two outdoor concerts this June and July, including one that is free and open to the public. On the afternoon of Saturday, June 12, PCSO’s string section convenes for a casual 65-minute concert in Gresham’s Nadaka Nature Park under the direction of Music Director Steven Byess. Tickets are free but required, and capacity is limited due to COVID-19. On Saturday, July 10, audiences can choose from either an early and late showing on the rooftop of the Botanist in Portland’s Pearl District to hear PCSO’s New Orleans Jazz Band, formed last winter as part of the organization’s Annual Gala.

Throughout the pandemic, PCSO has doubled down on its mission to champion and cultivate musicians and audiences through affordable, accessible concerts, putting local musicians to work and ensuring that art remains available to the community. This year, the 2021-2022 Season will be announced in July.


Saturday, June 12, 2021, 4 pm

Nadaka Nature Park, 17615 NE Glisan
PCSO Strings

Steven Byess, conductor

Summer is here, and live concerts are back! Gather your friends and celebrate the occasion at this free, outdoor performance featuring Portland Columbia Symphony in some of your favorite film scores and classical hits. Music from Romeo and Juliet and Downton Abbey, Bizet’s Carmen Suite, Copland’s Rodeo, and more.

This concert is generously supported by the City of Gresham, Juan Young Trust, and the Mt. Hood Community College Music Department.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021, 6 pm and 8 pm

Botanist, 910 NW 14th Ave

The PCSO New Orleans Jazz Band first entertained audiences as part of the 2021 Gala, and were so delightful that we’re bringing them back for an encore performance at Botanist, located in the heart of the Pearl. Enjoy lively tunes from Steven Byess and the players of PCSO, plus seasonally inspired cocktails on the rooftop.

Part of the Unity Benefit Music Series, a collaborative effort created from the necessity to support artists, reconnect our community, and promote Unity through the healing message of music. UBMS advocates for social equality and addresses the need to support our local venues, production staff, restaurant workers, and musicians from the devastating effects of our industry shutdown.

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Founded in 1982, Portland Columbia Symphony cultivates and champions a diverse community of musicians and audiences through affordable and accessible performances. Under the music direction of Steven Byess, PCSO seeks to deepen connections to the art form through the design of culturally and locally relevant programming, an inclusive narrative, and educational programs that engage audiences from Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. PCSO maintains a dual performance schedule, with concerts held in both Portland and East County.