Portland Columbia Symphony
The Three Bs

Violinist Tomás Cotik joins Music Director Steven Byess and the Portland Columbia Symphony for Beethoven's Violin Concerto, March 15 & 17.

Portland Columbia Symphony continues their 2018-2019 season with The Three Bs. A trio of works by Barber, Britten & Beethoven. The orchestra begins the evening with Barber's Overture to The School for Scandal, the composer's first composition for orchestra. He wrote the piece to be a musical reflection of the play's spirit. The orchestra will perform Britten's Variations On a Theme of Purcell is a showcase for the modern symphony orchestra.

Tomás Cotik will join Steven Byess & the Orchestra to perform Beethoven's elegant and lyrical Violin Concerto. Beethoven's only concerto for the violin is not a virtuoso showpiece rather a musical journey carrying us along sweeping melodies, dense knots of sound and a jubilant finale.

Tomá s Cotik is quickly becoming a favorite performer of Portland Audiences. He began teaching at Portland State University in 2016 and hit the ground running performing with Portland Chamber Orchestra, on All Classical Portland and participating in the Portland Winter Light Festival as a soloist in the Ombra Musici. His performances have been noted as "technically accurate" with the right amount of "tenderness and warmth".

Join us for this to be missed concert this. Portland Columbia Symphony's The Three Bs, Friday, March 15, 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, Portland repeats Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm, Mt. Hood Community College Theater, Gresham. For tickets go to columbiasymphony.org or call 503.234.4077.



Overture to The School for Scandal


Variations On a Theme of Purcell


Violin Concerto

Friday, March 15, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019
7:30 pm 3:00 pm
First United Methodist Chuch, Portland, Oregon Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon
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Tickets: start at $30 and can be purchased online at buy-tickets-button (4K)or by phone at 503.234.4077 or in person at the Box Office at the concert hall starting one hour before every performance.


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Steven Byess, Music Director & Conductor

A dynamic and passionate conductor, Steven Byess is recognized for his distinguished musicianship, innovative programming, passion for music education, and commitment to outstanding educational programs. He has been hailed by critics as "masterful and brilliant," "creating the epitome of instrumental elegance," "a talented interpreter, able to capture the sweep of a piece without neglecting detail," and capturing "the full spirit and vitality of the scoreperfectly."

In addition to serving as Music Director of the PCSO since 2014, he is also Music Director of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, and Associate Music Director of the Ohio Light Opera. He formerly held the post of Cover Conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. With the Ohio Light Opera, he has conducted, to critical acclaim, over 550 performances of 77 operas, operettas, and musical theater works, and is featured on 21 CD recordings by Newport Classics, Albany Records, and Operetta Archives.

Mr. Byess conducted the U.S. premiere of Russian violinist Alexander Markov's Rock Concerto at Carnegie Hall in New York in October 2010. Celebrated for his work in opera, he has conducted acclaimed productions of Puccini's La Bohème and Robert Ward's The Crucible at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, and new productions of Le Tragédie de Carmen (Bizet/Brook), Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, and a highly praised production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide with the composer's daughter Jamie Bernstein, at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan.

Mr. Byess received his Bachelor of Music Degree in classical performance and jazz studies from Georgia State University, and his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Louis Lane and Carl Topilow, bassoon with George Goslee and David McGill, violin with Carol Ruzicka, and piano with Olga Radosavljevich. He also attended the Pierre Monteux Memorial School for Conductors under the tutelage of Maître Charles Brück. In addition to his conducting studies with Louis Lane, Robert Shaw, and Carl Topilow, he has worked under the auspices of the League of American Orchestras with such noted conductors as Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, and Otto Werner Mueller. Mr.Byess was an assistant to conductor Robert Shaw at the Shaw Institute in Souillac, France.

Steven Byess is a passionate advocate for the arts, much sought after for his speeches on the arts, music, and education. An important community leader, he has created and organized collaborations with numerous choruses, chamber music ensembles, and festivals of the arts. He wrote, co-directed and is featured in a PBS presentation entitled Count On It!, which is designed for children grades K-3, and shows the correlation of music to mathematics. He is a conductor of the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute Link Up orchestral education concerts, performing in multiple US communities for over 60,000 children since 2013.

Mr. Byess was chosen by Walt Disney World Entertainment to conduct the 2000 NFL E*TRADE Superbowl Halftime show, featuring the Walt Disney World Millennium Orchestra, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, and Edward James Olmos, and was broadcast to over 900 million viewers worldwide.

Upcoming guest engagements include the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela), the Eastman School of Music Opera Theatre, Intermountain Opera Bozeman (Montana), ballet productions of The Nutcracker and Giselle, and opera productions of The Tender Land (Copland), Anything Goes (Cole Porter), Primrose (Gershwin), Lady of the Slipper (Herbert), and The Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan).

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Tomas Cotik, Violin

Hailed by Michael Tilson Thomas as "an excellent violinist," Tomas Cotik was a first-prize winner at the National Broadcast Music Competition in his native Argentina in 1997, and the winner of the Government of Canada Award for 2003-2005. An avid recording artist, Dr. Cotik is currently involved in more than a fourteen CD recordings for Naxos and Centaur Records, which have received over a hundred reviews and the highest praise from some of the best known publications such as Fanfare, American Record Guide, Downbeat, and MusicWeb International. These recordings include Schubert's complete works for violin and piano (nominated as recording of the year by Musicweb International), an album with Cotik's own arrangements of music by Piazzolla (described by the critics as "among the very best"), a solo CD that includes a world premiere recording of original works by Franz Schubert and an upcoming release of Mozart's 16 sonatas on a 5 CD set. He has worked extensively with producers such as Blanton Alspaugh and Judith Sherman and also produced four recordings himself. A former rotating concertmaster with the New World Symphony and a leader with various other orchestras in the United States and abroad, Cotik has performed with internationally prominent conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Roberto Abbado, Yakov Kreizberg, Marin Alsop, Stephan Deneve, Roger Norrington, and Robert Spano in notable venues such as Carnegie Hall.

Tomas Cotik has performed hundreds of recitals and chamber music concerts across the globe. Since 2011, he is a member the Cotik/Lin duo. He was also a member of the acclaimed Amernet, Delray, and Harrington string quartets.

Tomas Cotik earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Freiburg University of Music in Germany and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. He has worked closely with artists such as Joseph Kalichstein, Franklin Cohen and members of the Cleveland, Miami, Pro Arte, Vogler, Vermeer, Tokyo and Endellion string quartets.

Committed to passing on his passion for music, Dr. Tomas Cotik was appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at Portland State University in 2016. He previously taught at West Texas A&M University, Florida International University, and at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

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Striking excitement and refined grace come together as the symphonic hallmarks of Portland Columbia Symphony's 37th season, Exotic Elegance.

Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1982 as a community orchestra by Jerry Luedders at Lewis and Clark College. PSU Professor John Trudeau then led the orchestra for fourteen years. Under his guidance, PCSO evolved from an all-volunteer community orchestra into a semi-professional metropolitan orchestra, with over 90 percent of the orchestra's 70+ members being professional musicians. Huw Edwards served as Music Director and Conductor for twelve seasons (2000-2012).

In 2014, Steven Byess took the podium as Music Conductor and composer. Under the baton of Maestro Byess, PCSO continues to be recognized for quality and innovative programming.

Having flourished and matured artistically over the past 37 seasons, it is now composed of many of the finest musicians in the metropolitan Portland community. PCSO performs in downtown Portland and in East Metro.