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Portland Columbia Symphony Single Tickets on Sale for the 22-23 Season

Portland, OR - Portland Columbia Symphony (PCSO) has just released single tickets for a 2022-2023 season that is brimming with new energy.  Music Director Steven Byess has curated a dynamic series of in-person concerts and events with many striking juxtapositions between the classical music cannon, and new works by contemporary composers that represent a more diverse world.  It all kicks off with a free outdoor concert at Nakaka Nature Park on August 14th - State & Screen in the Park. 

Highlights of the Season

  • Two world premieres, one U.S. premiere, and two more West Coast premieres in a season that excites with new voices, adding to and complementing our understanding of the power of music to connect us to each other and to higher ideals.
  • Iconic works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Beethoven, and Bernstein threaded throughout the season and brought to life with passion & brio.
  • Each program features an outstanding soloist, including Miki Sawada making her debut with PCSO, local favorite JaTtik Clark in his return to the PCSO stage, flutist Brian Dunbar going all out in a work by trailblazing composer Carlos Simon, and Grammy-nominated Brett Deubner premiering two works written especially for him.
  • Portland Columbia Symphony returns to the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton with a one-night only Spectacular event, including deluxe pre-show reception with an outstanding roster of performers.  (Tickets for the PCSO Spectacular will be on sale at a later date.)

Single tickets ($30-$50) and Season Subscriptions are on sale now for Portland Columbia Symphony's 2022-2023 Season at pcsymphony,org or by calling 503-234-4077.  Complete information about programs and artists, including our COVID-19 Ticket Policy, can be found at

Free Outdoor Concert

Stage & Screen in the Park

Sunday, August 14th 4pm (Rain date:Sunday, August 21st 4pm)    Nadaka Nature Park

Your favorite tunes from the shows & movies you love, out in a beautiful environment & together with friends - what could be better?  Pack a picnic and a blanket and celebrate the start of the season with your entire Portland Columbia Symphony family.

Classical Series

Tchaikovsky & Brahms

Miki Sawada, soloist


Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3

Pyotr Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

19th Century Romanticism comes alive in a powerhouse season-opening program.  Dynamic pianist Miki Sawada, creator of the exciting Gather Hear Tour, debuts with the Portland Columbia Symphony performing Tchaikovsky's mighty Piano Concerto No. 1.  Included on the program is Brahms' exquisite Symphony No. 3, often understood as representing the composer's personal motto, frei aber froh (free but happy) for the opening theme of F-ab-F.


Friday, September 16, 7:30 pm    First United Methodist Church

Sunday, September 18, 3:00 pm    Gresham High School Auditorium

Heaven & Earth

Brett Deubner, soloist


Maria Grenfell  River Mountain Sky

Nicole Buetti Quasar - Elegy for Viola and Orchestra - World Premiere

Johan Hugosson Samarthana - World Premiere

Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story


In an evocative program that conjures up wild landscapes from Tasmania and Manhattan turf wars, the focus is on Grammy-nomintaed soloist Brett Deubner.  A recipient of a United States Congressional Certificate of Recognition, Deubner returns to perform two world premieres written expressly for him, including one by PCSO's own (and Portland native) Nicole Buetti.  A soulful and passionate performance.

Friday, November 11, 7:30 pm     First United Methodist Church

Sunday, November 13, 3:00 pm    Gresham High School Auditorium


A Very Brassy Holiday

One performance only

A veritable PCSO holiday tradition, Brassy Christmas becomes A Very Brassy Holiday this year as we return to live, in-person spirit-raising!

Saturday, December 17, 7:30 pm    First Presbyterian Church, Portland

PCSO Spectacular at the Reser

Saturday, January 28, 2023, 7:30 pm     Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton

Join us in celebrating Portland Columbia Symphony in the beautiful, brand new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.  The PCSO Spectacular will take the place of the orchestra's annual gala.  Ticketing is being handled exclusively by The Reser, and tickets will go on sale at a later date.  The Reser Box office can be reached at: 971-501-7722 or

Grace & Action

Brian Dunbar, soloist

Jennifer Higdon  Amazing Grace

Carlos Simon  Movements for Flute and Orchestra

Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Flutist Brian Dunbar performs the West coast premiere of Movements for Flute and Orchestra, a new work by trailblazing composer Carlos Simon.  In a score that takes inspiration from themes of redemption and self-will, Simon inspires the uplifting sense of possibility also present in an iconic spiritual and the exuberance of Beethoven that complete this not-to-be-missed program.


Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm     First United Methodist Church

Sunday, March 12, 3:00 pm    Gresham High School Auditorium


Pictures & Reflections

JaTtil Clark, soloist


John Williams  Devil's Dance

Michael Daugherty  Reflections on the Mississippi

Modest Mussorgsky  Pictures at an Exhibition

Conjuring a promenade along a mighty river or through an art exhibition, our season-closing performance is an exquisite journey that reunites JaTtik Clark with PCSO to perform composer Michael Daugherty's exciting Reflections on the Mississippi.  Maurice Ravel's brilliant orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and John William's thrilling Devil's Dance add to musical memories that will embed themselves in your heart.

Friday, May 5, 7:30 pm     First Methodist Church

Sunday, May 7, 3:00 pm     Gresham High School Auditorium

All programs and artists subject to change without notice.


About Portland Columbia Symphony

Portland Columbia Symphony is a professional orchestra serving communities from Gresham to Hillsboro.  PCSO cultivates and champions a diverse community of musicians and audiences through affordable and accessible performances, creating space each season to amplify the voices of living, local, and historically underrepresented composers & collaborators.  We value excellence, community, and personal connection.

Since its founding in 1982, Portland Columbia Symphony has become a staple of the grater Portland area arts scene, bringing 62 paid core musicians together each year to perform classical subscription series and myriad education and outreach events.  Under the musical direction of Steven Byess, PCSO maintains a dual performance schedule with concerts held in both Portland and Gresham, along with newly-added performances in Beaverton.


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