Firebird at the Schnitz!

This March, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony teams up with the Northwest Children’s Theater and School to pay homage to the coming spring season with a brilliantly hued program of movement, puppetry, and spectacular orchestral fireworks inspired by birds. The Starlings, Northwest Children’s Theater’s “all-puppet, all-bird acting troupe,” enlivens the stage as the talented Symphony Orchestra perform the birdsong-infused showpiece Gli uccelli by master orchestral colorist, Ottorino Respighi and the beloved original suite from one of the greatest ballets of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird. This program also includes the highly-anticipated WORLD PREMIERE of Fugue for Orchestra by Lakeridge High School junior Max Ball, the second in a series of three commissions which comprise “The Authentic Voice.” Rounding out the concert is the third movement from Jacques Ibert’s engaging showpiece Flute Concerto, featuring a solo performance by Westview High School senior John Nguyen, one of the winners of the 2019 MYS Concerto Competition. This concert is presented in partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland and Backyard Bird Shop. For tickets and more information visit