Oregon Symphony


2016/17 SoundSights Series   


Three not-to-be-missed collaborations with some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest visual artists, including Dale Chihuly, Rose Bond, and Michael Curry. It’s classical music like you’ve never seen!


  Bluebeard’s Castle

September 24, 25, & 26, 2016

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Viktoria Vizin, Judith 
• Gábor Bretz, Bluebeard
• MaryAnne Glazebrook, former wife
• Myia Johnson, former wife
• Ithica Tell, former wife
• Dale Chihuly, glass sculptures set designer
• Mary Birnbaum, stage director

Rogerson: Among Mountains (World Premiere)
   Oregon Symphony commission celebrating our
   120th Anniversary Season with generous support 
   from William D. Rutherford
Mozart: Symphony No. 31, “Paris”
• Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle

Dale Chihuly’s magnificent works of art provide a stunning visual dimension for Béla Bartók’s dark and mysterious opera. Spine-tingling intrigue and haunting beauty collide in this landmark production.

Music by Béla Bartok.
Libretto by Béla Balázs.
Sung in Hungarian with English supertitles.

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December 3, 4, & 5, 2016

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Steven Osborne, piano
• Cynthia Millar, ondes martenot
• Rose Bond & PNCA, video animators

Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
• Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphony

Renowned video animator Rose Bond leads a team from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and transforms the concert hall in this original production of Messiaen’s gargantuan paean to love and joy. Watch in amazement as the walls become a riveting, visual stage for one of the 20th Century’s most influential large-scale orchestral works.

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May 13, 14, & 15, 2017

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Michael Curry, designer and staging director
• Paul Groves, tenor
• Pauline Cheviller, Persephone (narrator)
• Anna Marra, Persephone (dancer)
• Portland State University Chamber Choir
• Members of Pacific Youth Choir

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

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 choreographed melodrama based on the Greek legend of death and rebirth.

Music by Igor Stravinsky.
Libretto by André Gide.
Sung in French with English supertitles.

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Michael Curry’s Gallery

A 30-minute Concert Conversation will take place in the concert hall one hour prior to the concert.

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