Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Against the Grain

We are very sorry to share that Portland'5 has cancelled our May 19 concert due to HVAC failure at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The concert has been rescheduled to Friday, June 2, 7:30pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Any tickets you have purchased will be good for the new concert date.

If you are no longer able to join us for this concert, you may donate your ticket value to MYS or request a refund. For either of these ticket options, or any other questions, please contact us at programs@playmys.org.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We look forward to seeing you June 2 at the Schnitzer!


The season finale will showcase Faust Overture by Emilie Mayer, an underappreciated contemporary of Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. Emilie challenged the expectations of female composers during her time, veering away from salon music in favor of grand form. Despite her eight symphonies and numerous overtures, the Faust Overture was the only work printed during her lifetime. 

Wrapping up the 2022-23 season, MYS will play Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story: Symphonic Dances, telling the iconic story of forbidden love and power struggles on the streets of upper west side New York in the 1960s. The narrative will unfold across nine interconnected pieces of music, including Prologue, ‘Somewhere,’ Scherzo, Mambo, Cha-Cha, Meeting Scene, ‘Cool’ Fugue, Rumble, and Finale.

Student composer Elaina Stuppler will finish off this season’s lineup for the Authentic Voice Project with her piece addressing gun violence. This project provides aspiring composers with an opportunity to write and hear their work performed by MYS students, cultivating musical creativity in the next generation of musicians.

One of the winners of the MYS Concerto Competition will perform as well. Each year, the Concerto Competition allows strings, winds, brass and percussion students a chance to demonstrate mastery of challenging and mature solo repertoire. MYS Interlude Orchestra will also perform.

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