Classical Concert February 27-28, 2021

The VSO is thrilled to announce the guest lineup for the next live stream concert experience, coming February 27th and 28th: Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong of the Eugene and Santa Rosa orchestras and award-winning classical guitarist Adam Levin. Maestro Lecce-Chong will lead the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in a remarkable program including Brooklyn-based Jessie Montgomery’s beautiful and textural Strum for string orchestra, Grażyna Bacewicz’s energetic Concerto for String Orchestra, and the charming Divertimento No. 1 in D Major by W.A. Mozart.

Mr. Levin will perform two pieces for classical guitar: contemporary Spanish-American composer Leonardo Balada’s Caprichos No. 1 for guitar and string orchestra, Balada’s brilliant homage to Federico Garcia Lorca and Joaquin Turina’s traditional Spanish work Fantasia-Sevillana for solo guitar.

Recognized for his dynamic performances, fresh programming and deep commitment to commissioning and performing new music, Maestro Lecce-Chong is currently serving as the Music Director and conductor of Eugene and Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestras. He has appeared with orchestras around the world including the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and many others. Adam Levin, an internationally recognized instrumentalist and recording artist, has received several top prizes including Concurso Internacional de les Corts para Jóvenes Intérpretes in Barcelona, Concurso Internazionale Di Gargnano, and Certamen Internacional Luys Milan de Guitarra in Valencia. In 2010, his primary chamber ensemble Duo Sonidos was awarded first prize at the Luys Milán International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain.

What: VSO February Live Stream
When: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7 p.m. (pre-concert show at 6:30pm) and Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3 p.m. (pre-concert show at 2:30pm)
Where: Live stream from Skyview Concert Hall to your viewing devices on the VSO website
Tickets: Free with season subscription. Single tickets are $30. Available online here or by calling 360-735-7278

Safety Precautions

Two physicians on the VSO board of directors Drs. Michael Liu and David Smith helped to develop the safety protocols for the musicians in coordination with the Washington Health Department. Musicians will perform at an appropriate distance and wear face masks. The size of the orchestra will be reduced to ensure appropriate distancing.

Future Performances

We are working closely with the Department of Health to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and will be adjusting our seasons programming accordingly. Changes will be promptly communicated to the audience

Maestro Brotons

Due to current travel restrictions in both the Unites States and Europe, Maestro Brotons will not be able to join the VSO for this concert. We hope that Maestro will join us for our upcoming performances, depending on safety guidelines in place at that time.

About Salvador Brotons

Maestro Salvador Brotons returns for his 30th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the VSO. In addition to the VSO, he has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears “Ciutat de Palma” (1997-2001, 2009-2013) and the Orquestra Sinfónica del Vallés (1997-2002). He is presently the Conductor of the Barcelona Symphonic Band. In 2005, he received the “Arts Council” award by the Clark County and The City of Vancouver as well as the Kiwanis Rose Award. He has guest conducted orchestras in countries such as the U.S., Israel, France, Germany, China, Poland, South Korea, Mexico, Uruguay, and Colombia.

About The VSO

The VSO, now in its 42nd season, has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington's arts community, providing symphony 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

About our Sponsors

The VSO is generously supported by individual donors, The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, All Classical Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, The Columbian, Homewood Suites, Dick Hannah Dealerships,, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, Propel Insurance, MedicareHelpNow, Opsahl Dawson CPAs, Realvest Corporation, and Michelle’s Piano Co.

Two Outstanding Guest Artists To Highlight VSO Performances February 27th & 28th

Guest Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong and Classical Guitarist Adam Levin

VSO Pre-Show

September 2020 marks the debut of a new, highly anticipated video series from the VSO! Hosted by Greg Scholl and Ashley Hall, this exciting pre-show will broadcast on the VSO concert live stream 30 minutes before the concert performance. Full of fascinating information about the repertoire and plenty of laughs, you won’t want to miss it!

Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall has been with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since October of 2019. Since December of 2019 she has been the host and producer of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Podcast, interviewing prominent VSO figures and guests as well as sharing past VSO performances in the special series VSO Encore. Ashley graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 with a degree in English Literature, and has been active in the Vancouver arts community for over 15 years. She was formerly the music director for the Young Slocum House Players in 2011, and has been on the Board of Pacific Stageworks Theater Company since August of 2019.

Outside of saying flowery things about recordings of classical music Ashley produces two other podcasts, acts and sings in community theater productions, and plays nerdy tabletop games with her husband Will Johnson (the superhero who keeps Skyview Concert Hall running). It’s also rumored that she’s the girl who answers the phone when you call the VSO office, but none can say for certain.

Greg Scholl

Greg Scholl has played trombone in the VSO since 1993 - he became principal trombone in 1995. He is also principal trombone in the Portland Columbia Symphony and the Newport Symphony. Greg also plays locally in the Portland Brass Quintet and the Portland Festival Symphony. He has performed with the Oregon Ballet Theater, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera, the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Willamette Master Chorus, and the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. He has performed with the Oregon Repertory Singers and the Portland Symphonic Choir. Greg was formerly second trombone in the Austin Lyric Opera.
Greg is the trombone and low brass instructor at Pacific University. He obtained a trombone performance degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Donald Knaub. Prior to that he studied with Peter Kline and David Brown in San Antonio, TX. Greg plays in the Portland modern jazz duo Dos Hermanos de Hale Bopp. He also plays guitar and trombone in a variety of styles with local bands and performers such as the Rhythm Dogs, Goombahttsi, and Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Justin Shandor.
After rejecting the millions of dollars people offered him to play the trombone, Greg obtained a law degree in 1995 from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. During most business days he can be found practicing law as the director of the capital case team at the Metropolitan Public Defender. He enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, reading, camping and hiking, collecting things like Conan the Barbarian comic books, LP records, and concert recordings of the Grateful Dead, and being married to incredible principal bassoonist Margaret McShea. Their son Ben is now in college - he was practically raised at VSO rehearsals back in the day.