Oregon Symphony


2016/17 Special Concerts

Oregon Symphony Presents’ slate of wildly varied Special Concerts combines stars of all kinds, from classical and jazz to contemporary and indie-rock, with the Oregon Symphony, and offers unexpected programs that may celebrate film scores, video game music, or comedy.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

The Denver-based indie rock band DeVotchKa powers into new territory. Long renowned for their lush sound and eclectic mix of genres, they’re ready to show Portland what happens when they combine their intimate melodies with the full orchestral power of the Oregon Symphony.

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  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ Film Concert

Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 7:30 pm – Sold out
Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 2 pm – Sold out
Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 7 pm

Justin Freer, conductor
Pacific Youth Choir

Third performance added January 22 at 7 pm due to overwhelming demand!

The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Oregon Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.  

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Japan’s most celebrated Taiko ensemble is an exhilarating blend of drumming, athleticism, and theater. The whole family will be blown away by Kodo’s dazzling display and explosive sound!

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  A Storm Large Valentine

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Storm Large, vocals

When Storm Large joins the band, she sets hearts to pounding. When it comes to love, few singers approach matters of the heart with the gusto, the passion, and, yes, the grit, of this powerful performer.

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  The Music of Prince

Monday, February 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Brent Havens, conductor
Marshall Charloff, vocals

Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, The Music of Prince celebrates all of Prince's exceptional tunes. Expect to enjoy songs like “Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “When Doves Cry.” The Oregon Symphony orchestra, amplified with a full rock band and vocals, captures Prince's distinct sound while presenting some familiar and lots of new musical colors!

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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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  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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  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 Four 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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  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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