Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Nielsen's Sinfonia Espansiva - Cancelled

With Governor Brown’s executive order to cancel all public gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID19, Portland Youth Philharmonic is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of its musicians, audiences, staff, and volunteers. In an unprecedented move, the orchestra has cancelled its Nielsen Sinfonia Espansiva concert originally scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

All ticket holders will receive a personal message from PYP sent to the email address used to purchase tickets, outlining options for next steps. As a nonprofit arts organization, PYP sincerely hopes audience members will consider donating the cost of their tickets back to Portland Youth Philharmonic. Converting tickets to donations will help our nation’s oldest running youth orchestra to navigate this unparalleled global pandemic.

The orchestra shares the community’s disappointment that their final concert of the 96th Season will not be possible. Though the Schnitzer Hall is silent for now, PYP looks forward to returning to play for the community.

Visit www.portlandyouthphil.org/covid19 for updates and more information about ways you can hear PYP from home.

PYP’s staff is available to help you. Please contact Portland Youth Philharmonic directly at 503.223.5939 or information@portlandyouthphil.org for assistance.

Until further notice, PYP’s office is temporarily closed to the public, for in-person transactions.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay home, be safe, and we will see you again soon.


We wrap up our 96th season with not one, but TWO pianists – the second prize winners of the 2019 PYP Piano Competition, presented by Portland Piano International. 16-year-old Zayan Akmal, performs Oregon native’s Ernest Bloch’s Scherzo Fantasque for Piano and Orchestra, and 16-year-old Jenna Tu, presents César Franck’s Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra.

This performance also features Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s quirky and mysterious Symphony No. 3, “Sinfonia Espansiva.”

Conducted by David Hattner, PYP’s Musical Director.

  • Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 3, “Sinfonia Espansiva”
  • Ernest Bloch: Scherzo Fantasque for Piano and Orchestra
  • Zayan Akmal, 2019 PPI Piano Concerto Competition Second Prize
  • César Franck: Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra
  • Jenna Tu, 2019 PPI Piano Concerto Competition Second Prize

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