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Oregon Symphony 2017/18 Concerts

Welcome to the Oregon Symphony’s new season – more than 80 Classical, Pops, Kids, and Special Concerts, running September through May.

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Tickets to individual Classical, Pops, and Kids Concerts in the 2017/18 season go on sale to the general public in August. Oregon Symphony Presents Special Concerts will be announced and on sale to the general public in May 2017.

  Opening Night with George Takei

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• George Takei,

Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Takemitsu: Twill by Twilight
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Women No. 1
• Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Liszt: Les Preludes

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 Season off to a grand, classically American start.

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  Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

September 23, 24, 25, 2017

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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  Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony

October 14, 15, 16, 2017

Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
• Johannes Moser, cello

Angela 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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  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.

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  Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony

October 28, 29, 30, 2017

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

November 4, 5, 6, 2017

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Kirill Gerstein, piano

Luis Alfaro, playwright
• Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Chris Rogerson: Commission/World premiere
• Schoenberg: Piano Concerto

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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  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

November 18, 19, 20, 2017

Johannes Debus, conductor
• St. Lawrence String Quartet

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
• John Adams: Absolute Jest
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
on Themes of 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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  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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  André Watts Plays Grieg

December 2, 3, 4, 2017

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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  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

January 13, 14, 15, 2018

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

Haydn: Symphony No. 70
• Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2
* Stravinsky: 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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  Brahms’ First Symphony

January 27, 28, 29, 2018

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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  Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique

February 10, 11, 12, 2018

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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  Music of John Williams

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

February 24, 25, 26, 2018

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

March 10, 11, 12, 2018

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, and vocal solos and choruses of breathtaking emotional intensity.

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  Brahms’ Violin Concerto

March 17, 18, 19, 2018

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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  Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe

April 7, 8, 9, 2018

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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  Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

April 21, 22, 23, 2018

Jérémie Rhorer, conductor
• Sarah Kwak, violin

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

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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  Joshua Bell   The Sounds of Home

May 12, 13, 14, 2018

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

May 19, 20, 21, 2018

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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