Mark Perlman

Mark Perlman


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2014Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel OvertureConductor
2014Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, WAB 107, E major (Lyric)Conductor
2014Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72bConductor
2014Weber: Bassoon Concerto, J. 127, Op. 75, F majorConductor
2014Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Op. 67, C minor (Fate)Conductor



Dr. Mark Perlman, Conductor Dr. Mark Perlman has been music director and conductor of the Willamette Falls Symphony Orchestra since 2001, and since 2013 is Music Director of the Tualatin Valley Symphony (formerly known as Starlight Symphony Orchestra, in Tualatin, Oregon). He is also the associate conductor for the Hillsboro Symphony (Oregon). He has conducted other orchestras in the Portland area as well as in Arizona and Ohio, and internationally conducted orchestras in Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, and Romania.  Dr. Perlman studied at the University of Arizona with Dr. Leonard Pearlman and has studied conducting with teachers including Jorma Panula, Petr Gribanov, Leonid Kochmar, Sian Edwards, Diane Wittry, Adrian Gnam, Robert Gutter, Oleg Proskurnya, Alexander Polishchuck, Markus Lehtinen, Murry Sidlin, Daniel Lewis, Don Thulean, and John Farrer.  He won honorable mention in the 2011 International Conducting Workshop and Competition in Macon, Georgia.  In 2011 he was also a finalist for the American prize in both orchestral conducting (community orchestra) and programming.  He was featured on Romanian television for his September 11, 2006 concert in honor of victims of terrorism.  Among other things, Dr. Perlman is known for innovative programming, including concerts with narration, with instruments not frequently features for solos, performances of various dance forms using dancers, using costumes in a very memorable Halloween concert, and designing and conducting very successful comedy-in-music concerts.  Mark Perlman has a passion for the traditional symphonic repertoire, from Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler, and is now halfway through a multi-season Beethoven Symphony cycle with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra, and he conducted a 1997 recording for CD of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Scottsdale Symphony and pianist Nicholas Carey.  Yet he has also pursued new music, conducted world premieres of Joseph Harchanko’s Chamber Symphony: Oregon Landscapes, Kevin Elmore’s The Mischief of the Fae, and Michael Landers' tone poem On the Morning of 9-11 (2005) and comic piece The Clown Car.  In the 2003-04 season he conducted the Oregon premiere of Daniel Bukvich’s orchestra and choral work From the Journals of Lewis and Clark as part of Oregon’s celebration of the Lewis and Clark bicentennial.  Mark Perlman was originally a string bass player, continuing a family tradition – his father David was principal bass in the Cleveland Orchestra.  He has played in many orchestras over the years, including the Salem Chamber Orchestra, Western Oregon Symphony, Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, San Marcos Symphony Orchestra, Mesa Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as in the Orchester des Instituts für Musikwissenschaft of the University of Munich (Germany). When people say Mark Perlman is “a philosopher of the baton,” he can back it up – he has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona and is professor of philosophy at Western Oregon University. He is the author of several scholarly papers in philosophy as well as a book, entitled Conceptual Flux: Mental Representation, Misrepresentation, and Concept Change (Kluwer, 2000), and is co-editor of the book Functions: New Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology and Biology (Oxford UP, 2002). He has delivered several lectures on the philosophy of music, including one at an international conference in 2006 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His current research includes work in aesthetics of music, and in particular a philosophical investigation into the nature of orchestral conducting.
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Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel Overture Willamette Falls Symphony 2014
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, WAB 107, E major (Lyric) Willamette Falls Symphony 2014
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b Tualatin Valley Symphony 2014
Weber: Bassoon Concerto, J. 127, Op. 75, F major Tualatin Valley Symphony 2014
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Op. 67, C minor (Fate) Tualatin Valley Symphony 2014