20th Century Gems

Piano Virtuoso and Artist-in-Residence Orli Shaham Returns 


The VSO USA’s Chamber Music Series will continue on December 13th with 20th Century Gems, an exciting program featuring 2023/24 Season Artist-In-Residence Orli Shaham. This concert will showcase Shaham alongside VSO musicians Brandon Buckmaster, Rachel Rencher, Alan Juza, Igor Shakhman, Margaret McShea, Dan Partridge, Eva Richey, and Jonah Thomas. They will perform masterworks by 20th century composers Francis Poulenc and Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as a violin sonata by W.A. Mozart. The concert will be held in Vancouver, WA at First Presbyterian Church.

Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds is a lighthearted and satirical work, alluding to Mozart and the neoclassical style of his own contemporaries. Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 is particularly noted for its haunting final movement, called the “dance of death” and was dedicated to his departed friend Ivan Sollertinsky. Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 21 in E minor is markedly dignified and wistful compared to his other violin sonatas and is considered one of his greatest chamber works.


What: 20th Century Gems featuring Orli Shaham

When: Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98663

Tickets: $25 ($10 students) 


The VSO’s 2023/24 Chamber Music Series is sponsored by Oregon Public Broadcasting. A piano will be generously provided for this program by Michelle’s Piano Co. Orli Shaham’s VSO residency is generously sponsored by Ann Bardacke and David Wolf.


About The Chamber Music Series

The VSO Chamber Music Series is presented by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The series was co-created by Dr. Michael C. Liu, VSO pianist and board member, and Dr. Igor Shakhman. VSO CEO and Principal Clarinet. The VSO Chamber Music Series is proud to provide enchanting chamber music in an intimate setting. Originally intended to be played in a small chamber, hall, or house, chamber music showcases musician virtuosity in melodies that are quite exposed in a typical ensemble of three to six musicians. Listeners enjoy an entirely new concert experience meant to speak to every individual in a comfortable space. The content of each VSO concert is unique, ranging from musical accompaniment for silent films and operatic soloists, to traditional string quartets and trios. Now in its eleventh season, the VSO Chamber Music Series continues to provide this matchless art form to the Vancouver community.

About The VSO

The VSO, now in its 45th season, has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington's arts community, providing symphonic music of the highest caliber in live performances and through music education in schools, concert halls, and throughout the community. For more information, please visit vancouversymphony.org.


About our Sponsors

The VSO is generously supported by individual donors, The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Realvest Corporation, United Grain Corporation, The Kuni Foundation, Oregon Public Broadcasting, the AC Hotel Mariott, The Columbian, Columbia Credit Union, Gravitate, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, All Classical Portland, Dick Hannah, Michelle’s Piano Co., Steinway & Sons, Pacific Office Automation, and The VIC.