Portland Chamber Orchestra

The Portland Chamber Orchestra is an orchestra based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1947 by Boris Sirpo, its first performance was on May 27, 1947 at the Neighbors of Woodcraft Auditorium. Its home venue is Lewis & Clark College.

Portland Chamber Orchestra
LocationPortland, Oregon
Concert hallKaul Auditorium, Reed College
Principal conductorYaacov Bergman

First concert

Boris Sirpo, the founding music director, was an energetic and demanding conductor. The first concert performed in 1947 was a tour de force of performance which included Gluck's Overture to Orpheus, Corelli's Concerto Grosso, John Humphries's Concerto for Strings, Carl Stamitz's Orchestra Quartet, Paul Hindemith's Three Pieces for Strings, Jean Sibelius's Romance in C, A. Arensky's Variations on a Theme by Tschaikowsky, and Bach's Concerto in A Minor based on a Theme by Vivaldi.

Music directors/conductors

  • 1947-1967 Boris Sirpo
  • 1967-1970 John Trudeau
  • 1970-1992 Paul Bellam
  • 1992 Sylvan Fremaux guest conductor
  • 1992 Charles Schneider guest conductor
  • 1993 Anthony Armore guest conductor
  • 1993-1996 Charles Schneider
  • 1996-2002 Anthony Armore
  • 2002–present Yaacov Bergman

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