for orchestra

premiered by

University of Portland Orchestra

commissioned by

University of Portland Orchestra; with support from Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant

premiere date:

April 24, 2018

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Premiered April 24, 2018, University of Portland; written as part of American By: A Symphonic Tour. Join Erich Stem as he travels to Portland, Oregon and collaborates with conductor David De Lyser on a new piece about this West Coast city. Read stories and watch videos as Stem visits John Mellencamp’s former song collaborator and hairdresser, Dan Ross, the Japanese Botanical Gardens, the Sky Tram to Marquam Hill, and the Columbia River. Learn More


Reviews and Features

The exciting ‘Portland’ by Erich Stem stands above the rest of the works; it immerses the listener in a colorful impression of the West coast city, its culture and history.
–American Record Guide Read Review

Erich Stem’s 'Portland' starts the listen majestic and organic in the nearly 10 minutes of pristine instrumentation…”  
–Tom Steven, Take Effect, Online Magazine Read Review

Erich Stem’s orchestral rhapsody ‘Portland’ is indescribably vivid; Allowing the listener to hear the bustle of a big city.”  
–Darren Rea, Review Graveyard, Online Magazine Read Review

Story of Portland featured in interview on international travel blog, Just Chasing Rabbits, with Jennifer Campbell  Read Interview

Portland album record label, Navona Records (Parma), features Stem’s America By: A Symphonic Tour  Read Feature

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