Sunday, February 24, 2 pm the afternoon of the Academy Awards, the Portland Chamber Orchestra will perform scores from Oscar-nominated films at Astoria's Liberty Theater.  This concert will be hosted by movie music expert, Edmund Stone.

At the concert, the PCO will also honor legendary conductor, arranger and clarinetist, Norman Leyden.  Several arrangements by Leyden – including the theme from Laura, "Colonel Bogey's March" and "Moon River" – will be performed.  Singer Susannah Mars will also be featured. The concert will feature selections from cinema classics, including West Side Story, Bridge over the River Kwai, The Magnificent Seven, and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Music from more recent films will include Schindler's List, Cinema Paradiso, Star Trek and several James Bond films.

Portland Chamber Orchestra's Artistic Director Yaacov Bergman selected the music with Edmund Stone.  Stone hosts programming on All Classical Portland on weekend afternoons and evenings.  In 2006 he created "The Score," a national (and now international) syndicated film music program, heard on All Classical Portland every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm, and syndicated to more than 50 U.S. cities.

At a recent planning meeting, Bergman and Stone reflected on the importance of cinema in today's culture. "Film music is a unique and inspiring art form," explains Bergman. "The creativity and depth of the work is inspiring.   For many younger listeners, sitting in a movie theatre is the closest they come to experience symphonic music in any way."

"For many people, the first classical music they heard was in Bugs Bunny cartoons," Stone commented. "Film scores are the 'gateway drug' to classical music!"

Tickets are $25, $20, and $15. They can be purchased in advance by calling the Liberty Box Office on Wednesday through Saturday from 2 to 5 pm at 503.325.5922 Ext. 55 or online at 1.800.992.8499 any time. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door.

The oldest incorporated chamber orchestra in the country, the Portland Chamber Orchestra is known for its innovative concerts with a fusion of art forms. Its tagline is 'the intimate symphony with infinite imagination.' The orchestra is made up of local professional musicians.

Portland Chamber Orchestra is funded in part by The Regional Arts and Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland and Multnomah County; and by Work for Art, including contributions from more than 70 companies and nearly 2000 employees in the region; and by the Oregon Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

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