Oregon Symphony


2017/18 Sounds of Home Series   

Last season, we struck a strong chord with striking visuals – Dale Chihuly’s glass,
Rose Bond’s video art, and Michael Curry’s puppetry – in our original SoundSights series. This season, we build on that success in a new dimension through a groundbreaking three-part series called…

The Sounds of Home

Each of the three Sounds of Home concerts is riveting in its own musical right, and the series is augmented by multimedia. Further, because music has incredible power – to not only entertain, but also inspire, educate, and heal – we reflect on three critical issues in our community. By considering immigration, the environment, and homelessness through music and art, we connect to our community on subjects of home.

Come hear The Sounds of Home programs as you would any concert – to be uplifted by incredible music – and leave reflecting on its contributions to our home. We also invite you to learn more about our partner organizations in this effort. Buy a Sounds of Home Package of all three and receive a discount!


  Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue - IMMIGRATION

November 4, 5, 6, 2017

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

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

With a focus on immigration – the search for home – this program adds a powerful theatrical element to the musical experience, with short plays and original musical accompaniment. This concert highlights the incredible role of immigrants in making the music we enjoy today: Gershwin was a first-generation immigrant, and both Schoenberg and Carlos Kalmar found new homes in America.

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  Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring - ENVIRONMENT

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 (with video art)

There’s no place like home, as the emphasis shifts to the environment – our collective home – with a concert that features commissioned video work by New York-based stage and multimedia designer Matthew Haber to accompany Stravinsky’s monumental Rite of Spring

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  Joshua Bell - HOMELESSNESS

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 once performed in the subway where he was largely ignored and virtually anonymous. His social experiment is a fitting backdrop for a concert that explores the idea of homelessness – the need for a home – with a commission by Gabriel Kahane featuring mesmerizing singer Measha Brueggergosman.

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