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From September to May, you’ll enjoy all the spectacular artistry and international soloists you’ve come to expect, plus our Sounds of Home series!

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  La La Land in Concert

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Oregon Repertory Singers

Experience the original musical film like never before with a live symphony orchestra! Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Original Score, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

La La Land © 2017 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


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  Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:30 pm

A night with the co-founder and ringleader of the legendary Steely Dan. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Donald Fagen and his new band promise songs from his celebrated solo albums, Steely Dan hits, plus “some swell surprises.”

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Opening Night with George Takei

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• George Takei,
narrator

Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Takemitsu: Twill by Twilight
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Liszt: Les préludes
Gould: American Salute
• Copland: Lincoln Portrait

Best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in Star Trek and now renowned as a social justice/media mega-star, Takei makes his Oregon Symphony debut as emcee of our opening night and joins a legendary list of narrators of Copland’s emotional work. A concert certain to get the 2017/18 Classical Season off to a grand, classically American start.

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  Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 2 pm
Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Augustin Hadelich, violin

• Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Gould: Stringmusic
Balakirev/Casella: Islamey

Beethoven’s iconic violin concerto, full of delicate and demanding virtuosity, is a perfect vehicle for violinist Augustin Hadelich, of whom The Washington Post declares, “The essence of Hadelich’s playing is beauty… and thereby revealing something from a plane beyond ours.”

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  Angélique Kidjo with the Oregon Symphony

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:30 pm

Gast Waltzing, conductor

Grammy-winning superstar Angélique Kidjo is “Africa’s premier diva” (Time), and she’s bringing her powerful voice to the Oregon Symphony for her all-time favorites, filled with joyous rhythms and irresistible groove. One night only!

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  The Music of Led Zeppelin

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 7:30 pm

Brent Havens, conductor
Randy Jackson, vocals

A spectacular Oregon Symphony tribute to powerhouse Led Zeppelin, with the help of a blazing hot rock band and vocalist Randy Jackson! Rock out to classic hits like “Heartbreaker,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

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  Amos Lee

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee joins the Oregon Symphony for songs from his latest album, Spirit. Marrying modern rhythms with classic instrumentation, the self-produced album was inspired by Lee’s recent collaborations with orchestras, and may just be his biggest creative leap yet.

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  Paul Anka – Celebrating 60 Years of Hits – His Way

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 7:30 pm

Legendary entertainer Paul Anka performs his timeless favorites – the love anthems for an entire generation – that will have today’s audience swooning. “Diana,” “You Are My Destiny,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” and so many more.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition on a giant screen, while the Oregon Symphony orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING'S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)


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  Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7:30 pm
Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:30 pm

Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
• Johannes Moser, cello

Ângela da Ponte: The Rising Sea
• Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich’s most popular symphony, created when he and his country were under extreme duress, is one of the most soulful and gripping symphonies of all time. Add Saint-Saëns’ cello concerto performed by one of the finest young cellists today, and you’ve got an evening that will be long remembered.

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  Take Me to the River – A Memphis Soul, Rhythm & Blues Revue

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:30 pm

A live concert journey into the soul of American music with William Bell, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, Al Kapone, the Hi Rhythm Section, and the Stax Alumni Band.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Phantoms of the Orchestra

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 2 pm

A Halloween Pops spectacular with the Magic Circle Theatre Company and a costumed Oregon Symphony! Every Halloween the “phantoms of the orchestra” return to haunt the concert hall. Jeff Tyzik and his terrified assistant must use the power of the baton to control this ghoulish orchestra. Fun for the whole family!

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  Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2 pm
Monday, October 30, 2017, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Symphonic Movements (World premiere)
• Barber: Piano Concerto
Schubert (arr. Gülke): Andante from Symphony No. 10
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Mozart’s momentous final symphony, nicknamed “Jupiter” for a grandeur and exuberance unlike any symphony previously written, is paired with Barber’s stunning piano concerto performed by the incomparable Garrick Ohlsson. A world premiere from British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage rounds out the program.

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  Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue   The Sounds of Home

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 7:30 pm
Monday, November 6, 2017, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Kirill Gerstein, piano
Dipika Guha, playwright

• Schoenberg: Piano Concerto
Chris Rogerson: Commission (World premiere)
• Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Gershwin’s legendary work revolutionized classical music with its jazzy riffs, clarinet wails, and blue notes. Symphony favorite Kirill Gerstein, hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most respected pianists of his generation” stuns not only with this epic work, but also Schoenberg’s – a rare and special two-concerto program. A powerful theatrical presentation adds a stunning visual dimension.

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The Music of Michael Jackson

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:30 pm

Brent Havens, conductor
James Delisco, vocals

The Oregon Symphony, a full rock band, and an electrifying vocalist team up to take you through hit after hit from the King of Pop! With “I’ll Be There,” “Thriller,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and many more, you’ll rock the night away as we celebrate Michael Jackson’s multi-platinum career.

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  Star Wars Spectacular Kids Concert

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Pam Mahon, narrator
Pacific Youth Choir and Dance West

An epic space saga! Princess Leia’s Theme leads a program filled with John Williams’ hits that’s sure to bring a smile and quicken the pulses of our youngest audiences.

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  Beethoven’s Second Symphony

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2 pm
Monday, November 20, 2017, 7:30 pm

Johannes Debus, conductor
• St. Lawrence String Quartet

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
• John Adams: Absolute Jest
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Discover another side of Beethoven in his second symphony, full of cheerful energy and humor. We also welcome the renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet who join the orchestra for our performance of John Adams’ intriguing string quartet concerto.

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  The Tenors Christmas

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

The powerhouse trio returns, this time using their soaring voices to get your holiday season off to an electrifying start. They sold out the Schnitz in their last time with us. No wonder. Their charm and diverse vocal styles thrill audiences wherever they go around the globe.

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  Mannheim Steamroller

Friday, November 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

Since 1984, Mannheim Steamroller’s distinctive blend of acoustic and synthesized sounds has been a hallmark of the holiday season. Now, members of the Oregon Symphony join forces with the world’s top Christmas recording ensemble to perform their contemporary twists on Yuletide classics.

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  A Pops Holiday

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 26, 2017, 2 pm

Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and the band are joined by the Pacific Youth Choir and Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins) to get the holidays off to a rollicking start with favorite carols and beloved holiday tunes that will send you out into the season in the perfect spirit.

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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:30 pm

Bill Murray, vocals
Jan Vogler, cello
Mira Wang, violin
Vanessa Perez, piano

In the latest phase of his multi-faceted career, acclaimed actor – and now narrator and singer – Bill Murray teams up with cellist Jan Vogler for a rare live appearance, bringing his charisma to American songs, poetry, and prose, alongside a dose of spirited chamber music.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  André Watts Plays Grieg

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 7:30 pm
Monday, December 4, 2017, 7:30 pm

Leo Hussain, conductor
• André Watts, piano

Kokkonen: Symphonic Sketches
• Grieg: Piano Concerto
Sibelius: Valse triste
Nielsen: Symphony No. 5

All the ingredients for a perfect winter’s night of music with a Scandinavian-themed evening. Powerhouse pianist André Watts returns to play Grieg’s magnificent piano concerto.

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  Gospel Christmas

Friday, December 8, 2017, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4 pm

Charles Floyd, conductor
Gary Hemenway, music director
Northwest Community Gospel Choir

This 19-year tradition keeps getting bigger and better. The region’s premier gospel singers and the Oregon Symphony orchestra will have you on your feet, clapping and shouting, celebrating the true spirit of the season. Don’t miss out on this exhilarating experience!

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  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Get into the swing of things with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, whose high-energy, deliriously fun shows have entertained sold-out crowds around the world. Now they join the Oregon Symphony orchestra for an evening of spirited flair that’s sure to have you singing and dancing all night long!

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  Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Oregon Chorale

Light holiday classics, seasonal favorites, and a very merry sing-along make for a jubilant evening shared with friends.

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  Pink Martini New Year’s Extravaganza

Saturday, December 30, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 31, 2017, 7 pm & 10:30 pm

Could there be a better way to ring in the New Year than with Pink Martini and the Oregon Symphony? Especially when Pink Martini has a brand new CD – Je Dis Oui! – in its arsenal. And, in keeping with our Ode to Joy tradition, the concert will include the full-throated final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth.

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  Dinosaurs! Kids Concert

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Pam Mahon, narrator
Pacific Youth Choir and Dance West

Does anything stir the imaginations of young minds like dinosaurs? Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, and plenty of other “sauruses” join the Velociraptor when the music from Jurassic Park perches our audience on the edge of their seats.

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  Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring   The Sounds of Home

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2 pm
Monday, January 15, 2018, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Elina Vähälä, violin
* Matthew Haber, multimedia designer

Haydn: Symphony No. 70
• Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2
* Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky’s 1913 ballet score, still as fresh, wild, and primal today as it was 100 years ago when it caused a riot at its Paris premiere, is now considered one of the most influential works of the last century, performed now with a spectacular video presentation.

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  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in Concert

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Members of Pacific Youth Choir

Come along for a swashbuckling adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow, his motley crew, and the entire Oregon Symphony orchestra! Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley, the action-packed Curse of the Black Pearl sets mystery, intrigue, swords, and treasure to a live performance of Klaus Badelt’s thrilling musical score based on themes of Hans Zimmer.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.


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  Brahms’ First Symphony

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 7:30 pm
Monday, January 29, 2018, 7:30 pm

David Danzmayr, conductor
• Benjamin Beilman, violin

Detlev Glanert: Concertgeblaas (Concert Blaring)
• Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

“The piece that took on history and won,” according to The Guardian, Brahms’ First Symphony took almost 20 years to write. Well worth the wait, it brilliantly demonstrates Brahms’ amazing melodic and orchestral prowess.

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  Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 7:30 pm

Arnie Roth, conductor
Portland State Chamber Choir

Don’t miss this unique multimedia experience, with breathtaking HD video and stirring musical selections from 30 years of FINAL FANTASY – a feast for the eyes and the ears!

© 2009, 2010 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA


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  Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 7:30 pm
Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Natasha Paremski, piano

Piston: Symphony No. 7
• Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique”

“The best thing I ever composed or shall compose,” declared Tchaikovsky of his final symphony. Its nickname translates most accurately as “passionate,” and passion is what you’ll feel throughout this gorgeously melodic, emotional piece.

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  A Johnny Mathis Valentine
Voice of Romance Tour 2018


Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh and Scott Lavender, conductors

Valentine’s Day becomes even more special when the iconic crooner joins the orchestra for an evening of romantic hits.

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  John Williams at the Oscars

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2 pm

Just two weeks before the 2018 Oscars, celebrate the movie composer with the greatest number of statues to his name and some of the greatest music of our time. Hear favorites like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, and many more in this full-scale symphonic tribute.

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  Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2 pm
Monday, February 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
• Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Barber: Essay No. 2
• Franck: Symphonic Variations
• R. Strauss: Burleske
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Widely considered Sibelius’ finest symphony, this stunning music showcases the composer’s affinity for nature, particularly the famous horn theme inspired by a flock of flying swans.

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  Along The Oregon Trail Kids Concert

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Pam Mahon, narrator
Pacific Youth Choir and Dance West

Young travelers head out on a musical journey that spirits them on an adventurous musical tour of the wild west and the great Northwest.

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  Verdi’s Requiem

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2 pm
Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Portland Symphonic Choir
Amber Wagner, soprano
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano
Dimitri Pittas, tenor
Raymond Aceto, bass

Verdi: Requiem

Verdi’s Requiem combines the dramatic thrust of opera with powerful symphonic music, vocal solos, and choruses of breathtaking emotional intensity.

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  Brahms’ Violin Concerto

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 7:30 pm
Monday, March 19, 2018, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Vadim Gluzman, violin

Dvořák: The Water Goblin
Hanson: Symphony No. 4, “Requiem”
• Brahms: Violin Concerto

One of the greatest violin concertos ever written, Brahms’ work is a stunning display of the violin’s emotional and virtuosic qualities. A colleague of Brahms’ exclaimed, “It is a concerto for violin against the orchestra – and the violin wins!”

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  The Fab Four

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:30 pm

It’s the ultimate Beatles tribute! Don’t miss the Emmy Award-winning Fab Four in note-for-note renditions of classics like “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude.” With their uncanny precision to detail and costume changes to represent every Beatles era, you’ll swear you’re watching the real thing!

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Jurassic Park in Concert

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2 pm

One of the most exhilarating science fiction adventures ever made, Jurassic Park transports audiences to a wondrous island theme park of cloned dinosaurs – what could possibly go wrong? Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic scores performed live by the Oregon Symphony, the only thing more thrilling might be Jurassic Park itself!

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  Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 7:30 pm
Monday, April 9, 2018, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Colin Currie, percussion
* Portland State Chamber Choir, Man Choir,
and Vox Femina

• Andy Akiho: Percussion Concerto
Commission/World premiere
* Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe (complete)

A rare opportunity to hear Ravel’s complete score for his 1912 ballet. Widely regarded as his finest orchestral music, Ravel’s self-titled “choreographic symphony” is full of passion and the gorgeous, color-saturated harmonies of French Impressionism.

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  Garrison Keillor: Just Passing Through

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

For decades, storyteller, writer, and humorist Garrison Keillor charmed millions as host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. Now he returns to Portland for a one-night-only solo performance, weaving his signature wit and wisdom into tales of the Midwest, Lake Wobegon, and the modern American life.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2 pm
Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:30 pm

Jérémie Rhorer, conductor
• Sarah Kwak, violin

Guillaume Connesson: Supernova (Cosmic Trilogy, Part III)
• Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, “Organ”

Saint-Saëns’ most popular symphony combines a full orchestra, the emotional quality of a tone poem, and the majestic sound of the organ. So powerful is the grand finale that it’s been adapted by film composers, Disney World, and pop musicians alike. Our concertmaster has performed around the world, and we are honored to feature her on her home stage.

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  The Hot Sardines

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2 pm

Called “simply phenomenal” by The Times (London), they add a hip, modern twist to the sounds of New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets, and New Orleans jazz halls, making those wonderful old sounds new again.

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  Yuja Wang

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:30 pm

This breathtaking pianist wows audiences around the globe with her intense power and exceptional stage presence. Her stylistic music-making, along with what the Los Angeles Times calls her “brilliant keyboard virtuosity,” never fails to thrill both piano lovers and newcomers alike.

Presented in partnership with Portland Piano International’s Solo Piano Series. The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Chris Botti

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 7:30 pm

The jazz-pop powerhouse returns to dazzle his hometown fans with the shimmering tone, cool riffs, and mesmerizing ballads that have made him one of the most successful performers in smooth jazz.

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  Joshua Bell   The Sounds of Home

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018, 2 pm
Monday, May 14, 2018, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Joshua Bell, violin
* Measha Brueggergosman, soprano

Hindemith: News of the Day Overture
• Bernstein: Serenade
* Gabriel Kahane: Commission/World premiere

The world’s most famous violinist returns to the Oregon Symphony to perform Bernstein’s Serenade, often described as a “love piece” by the composer. Brooklynite singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane (son of classical pianist Jeffrey Kahane) makes his Oregon Symphony debut with the world premiere of his composition.

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  Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 7:30 pm
Monday, May 21, 2018, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Capping the season with a triumphant Mahler symphony has become Oregon’s favorite sendoff to summer. Mahler’s “Song of the Night” is guaranteed to leave you on a rousing note, as day overtakes night in the astonishingly exuberant final movement.

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  Audra McDonald

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:30 pm

Andy Einhorn, conductor
Audra McDonald, vocals

The Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning Broadway legend brings her incomparable voice to a one-night-only performance with the Oregon Symphony for an evening of favorite show tunes, classic film songs, and original pieces written especially for her.

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