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Oregon Symphony 2016/17 Concerts

Welcome to the Oregon Symphony’s 120th Season – more than 80 Classical, Pops, Kids, and Special Concerts, running September through May. All concerts are on sale now!

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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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  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

The special friendship between 10-year-old Elliott and a homesick alien still touches audiences in an emotional way. Part fantasy, part science fiction, and so totally lovable that
it won four Academy Awards® – including Best Score for John Williams’ music. The orchestra’s live performance with E.T. on the big screen is an experience the whole family will enjoy!

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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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  John Cleese

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm

He’s a brilliant actor and writer, and the tallest member of Monty Python. He’s also a founding father of modern comedy, whose multitude of fans will be hanging on his every word!

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Indigo Girls

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

More than twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are still bringing their moving lyrics and signature harmonies to audiences the world over. Now the Grammy-winning duo returns to perform their all-time favorites with the Oregon Symphony orchestra, including “Land of Canaan,” “Power of Two,” and “Closer to Fine.”

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  Castles and Wizards Kids Concert

Sunday, March 19, 2017 | 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Pam Mahon, narrator
Pacific Youth Choir

Wonder what the King is doing tonight? Or the Princess? And who knows what mischief the court’s wizard is up to. A concert sure to please young audiences with music from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and more.

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  Gil Shaham

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Gil Shaham, violin

Richard Heuberger: The Opera Ball Overture
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Indigo and the Forty Thieves Overture
• Korngold: Violin Concerto
Suppé: Poet and Peasant Overture
Josef Strauss: Dynamiden waltzes
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Viva Vienna! While the afternoon away with Carlos, the orchestra, and some of the greatest music composed by Viennese composers and played by one of the most extraordinary violinists of our time.

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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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  Patti Austin’s Homage to Ella Fitzgerald

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 3 pm

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Patti Austin, vocals

Grammy Award winner Patti Austin has been wowing audiences since her childhood debut at the iconic Apollo Theater. Now, with 17 albums to her credit including her 2002 Grammy-nominated recording “For Ella,” she’ll thrill us with her electrifying renditions of the First Lady of Song’s legendary hits – “How High the Moon,” “The Man I Love,” “Too Close for Comfort,” and many more.

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  Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

The magic of Disney comes to life once again in A Dream is a Wish, transporting audiences into the musical worlds of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and more. With original film footage, singers, and sweeping scores performed by the Oregon Symphony orchestra, audiences will discover that dreams really do come true!

© Disney


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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
• Pauline Cheviller, 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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  Jake Shimabukuro

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele

Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro, who shot to international fame with his virtuosic covers of “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” joins the Oregon Symphony to perform his many fan favorites plus some of his own electrifying originals for ukulele and orchestra. 

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