Oregon Symphony


2016/17 Classical Concert Series

Welcome to the Oregon Symphony’s 120th Anniversary Season. With spectacular artistry, international soloists, and not-to-be-missed SoundSights collaborations with some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest visual artists, the 2016/17 Season is the premier stop for classical music concerts and events in Portland.

Subscriptions to the Classical Series are on sale now online, in person, or by phone. Tickets to individual Classical Concerts go on sale to the general public in August.

  Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Monday, January 30, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Stefan Jackiw, violin

Shepherd: Magiya
• Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Stravinsky: The Fairy’s Kiss Divertimento
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

In the depths of winter, we’ll warm you with the music of Russia’s greatest composers: the passion of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Stravinsky’s brilliant take on Tchaikovsky’s musical ideas, and violinist Stefan Jackiw’s interpretation of Prokofiev’s opulent Violin Concerto.

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  Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 5, 2017 | 2 pm
Monday, February 6, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Yefim Bronfman, piano

Currier: Microsymph
• Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

One of the most popular – and moving – symphonies of all time! Add two other heavyweights – Beethoven and powerhouse pianist Yefim Bronfman – and you’re set for an evening of pure musical pleasure.

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  Elgar’s Enigma Variations

Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Monday, February 27, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Christoph König, conductor
• Jeffrey Kahane, piano

Adams: Slonimsky’s Earbox
• Schumann: Piano Concerto
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Two brilliant masterworks make for an extraordinary musical experience. Each variation in Elgar’s most popular work is an emotional tribute to friends and family. And acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Kahane returns to perform Schumann’s thrilling tour-de-force.

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  Dvořák’s Cello Concerto

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Monday, March 13, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Harriet Krijgh, cello

Barber: Souvenirs
Bunch: Aspects of an Elephant (World Premiere)
• Dvořák: Cello Concerto

The most popular and most performed cello concerto of all time, paired with an exciting new commissioned work – and second world premiere of this Anniversary Season – from Portland composer Kenji Bunch, heralded by The New York Times as “a composer to watch.”

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  Mozart’s Requiem

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Monday, April 10, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
• Katie Van Kooten, soprano
• Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
• Jack Swanson, tenor
• Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone
Members of Portland Symphonic Choir

Purcell/Talbot: Chacony in G minor
• Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
• Mozart: Requiem

A performance to ponder the meaning of life. The immortal music Mozart wrote on his own deathbed and left unfinished makes a fitting companion piece for Igor Stravinsky’s powerful Symphony in Three Movements, written to commemorate WWII.

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  Debussy’s La Mer

Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 2 pm
Monday, April 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Jun Märkl, conductor
• Simone Lamsma, violin

Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
• Britten: Violin Concerto
Hosokawa: Circulating Ocean
Debussy: La Mer (The Sea)

Debussy’s most sensuous work powers an evening of oceanic currents, with sea-going works by both Hosakawa and Mendelssohn. Renowned violinist Simone Lamsma returns to perform Britten’s Spanish Civil War-inspired Violin Concerto.

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  Perséphone SoundSights concert

Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Monday, May 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Portland State Chamber Choir
• Pacific Youth Choir
• Paul Groves, tenor
• TBA, narrator
Michael Curry, artistic designer

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”
• Stravinsky: Perséphone

He’s worked with The Walt Disney Company, Cirque du Soleil, and the Olympics, and now Michael Curry brings his exhilarating stage magic to our performance of Stravinsky’s most tender work and the mythic story of the origin of the seasons.

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  Mahler’s Symphony No. 2

Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 2 pm
Monday, May 22, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Tamara Wilson, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo soprano
Portland State Chamber Choir, Man Choir, and Vox Femina

Mahler: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”

Like Beethoven’s Ninth which inspired it, Mahler’s massive Second Symphony explodes the symphonic genre. The monumental sweep of this groundbreaking soundscape miraculously encompasses life, death, and resurrection. What an epic way to end the 120th Anniversary Season!

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