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May 2002

5/31/02

'Hilarious' Bassoon Brothers to Perform Latest Hits and Audience Favorites at CD Release Party
Portland, Ore. … Portland's famous Bassoon Brothers, the only bassoon quartet known for resembling the Blues Brothers and for performing consistently sold-out programs, will hold their highly anticipated CD release party with performances from their newest album, "Captured," as well as past audience favorites from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at BridgePort Brewing Company (1313 N.W. Marshall St., Portland).

5/23/02

Carlos Kalmar Named Music Director Orchestra, board approve search committee recommendation by overwhelming majority;
Vienna’s Kalmar to assume music director position in 2003-2004
Portland, Ore.… Carlos Kalmar, the internationally acclaimed Music Director of Vienna’s Tonkünstlerorchester and Principal Conductor of Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, has been named the next Music Director of the Oregon Symphony, Board Chair-Elect Sue Keil announced today. Kalmar, who received rave reviews from the orchestra, the audience and the media during conducting appearances in October and February, was recommended by the Music Director Search Committee Wednesday and approved by an overwhelming majority of the orchestra and the Symphony’s board of directors today.

5/13/02

Symphony Announces Director of Marketing for Season Development
Portland, Ore. … Holly Kellar, most recently the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, will join the Oregon Symphony as Director of Marketing for Season Development on May 15, Symphony Vice President of Marketing and Development Graham McReynolds announced.

5/13/02

Talented Youths to Compete for Cash Prize and Possible Opportunity to Perform with the Oregon Symphony
Portland, Ore. Talented young musicians from throughout Oregon and neighboring Clark County, Wash., will compete in the day-long Oregon Symphony 2002 Mrs. Henry L. Corbett, Sr. Young Artists Competition Sunday, June 9, beginning at 9 a.m. in Portland State University's Lincoln Recital Hall, Room 75.

5/13/02

Doc Severinsen to Perform First Portland Concert Featuring His Big Band at Oregon Symphony Rose Festival Concert
Portland, Ore. … The famed jazz trumpeter known for his 30 years as bandleader of "The Tonight Show," Doc Severinsen, will bring his Grammy-winning 16-piece Big Band to Portland for the first time at the Oregon Symphony Rose Festival concert June 8 and 9 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

5/10/02

Bassoon Brothers to Preview 'Hell's Angels' at Music Millennium Northwest
Portland, Ore. … The irreverent Bassoon Brothers will give a free, in-store performance at Music Millennium Northwest (801 NW 23rd Ave.) Friday, May 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. when they preview Michael Daugherty's "Hell's Angels," which will receive its Oregon Symphony premiere in a Classical concert conducted by Music Director James DePreist May 18 through 21.

5/8/02

Murry Sidlin Named Dean of School of Music for the Catholic University of America; Resigns as Resident Conductor but Continues Nerve Endings
Portland, Ore. .. Murry Sidlin, resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony since 1994, has been appointed the dean of Washington D.C.’s prestigious Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America, he announced today.

5/3/02

Chart-Topping Gospel Sextet Take 6 to Perform Their Latest Hits in Oregon Symphony Special Events Concert
Portland, Ore. … Take 6, the multiple Grammy Award-winning gospel group that paved the way for an explosion of R&B vocal groups in the '90s, will perform songs from their new album, "Beautiful World," at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m.

5/1/02

West Linn Educator Scot Wavra Receives Annual Music Education Appreciation Award
Portland, Ore. … Scot Wavra, a West Linn 5th-grade teacher whose unique marimba music project at Willamette Primary has stimulated a community-wide enthusiam for music, is the recipient of the fifth annual Patty Vemer Music Education Appreciation Award.

April 2002

4/26/02

DePreist to Conduct "Carmina burana" in Final 2001-2002 Oregon Symphony Classical Concert
Portland, Ore. … The unmistakable "Carmina burana," Carl Orff's lusty masterpiece whose simple yet powerful harmonies have virtually inundated popular culture, will highlight the Oregon Symphony's final 2001-2002 Classical Concert, conducted by Music Director and Conductor James DePreist May 18 through 21 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

4/23/02

Best-Loved Looney Tunes to be Accompanied by Live Orchestra in Oregon Premiere of Bugs Bunny on Broadway
Portland, Ore. … The show that won a "four carrots, highest rating!" review from Newsday, Bugs Bunny on Broadway, will have its Oregon premiere with the Oregon Symphony on Sunday, June 2, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

4/23/02

Norman Leyden to Conduct All-Beethoven Symphony Sunday Concert Featuring Local Piano Virtuoso Chad Heltzel
Portland, Ore. … Award-winning local pianist Chad Heltzel will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 when Oregon Symphony Associate Conductor Norman Leyden conducts an all-Beethoven Symphony Sunday concert May 26 at 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

4/23/02

Portland Tango Ensemble to Debut at Chamber Music on Tap
Portland, Ore. … Portland's newly formed "Tango Pacifico," led by Oregon Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Erin Furbee, will perform a rousing evening of passionate works that include the enduring tango standards of old and the "Tango Nuevo" style of Astor Piazzolla at the final Chamber Music on Tap concert of the season Wednesday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at BridgePort BrewPub (1313 N.W. Marshall St., Portland).

4/16/02

Norman Leyden to Conduct Gershwin Tribute Featuring Thomas M. Lauderdale in "Rhapsody in Blue"
Portland, Ore. … Legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and some of Portland's top jazz artists will join Music Director and Conductor James DePreist for the Oregon Symphony's fourth jazz marathon concert, "Jazz with Jimmy," a four-plus hour-long event culminating in a jam session featuring the Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

4/16/02

Arturo Sandoval to Headline Oregon Symphony 'Jazz with Jimmy' Marathon
Portland, Ore. … Legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and some of Portland's top jazz artists will join Music Director and Conductor James DePreist for the Oregon Symphony's fourth jazz marathon concert, "Jazz with Jimmy," a four-plus hour-long event culminating in a jam session featuring the Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

4/5/02

Bill Cosby to Perform at Oregon Symphony Fundraiser, "For the Kids"
Portland, Ore. … A performance by comic legend Bill Cosby will highlight "For the Kids," an Oregon Symphony fundraiser benefiting the Symphony's Education & Community Programs Sunday, April 14, at the downtown Portland Hilton's Grand Ballroom (921 SW Sixth Ave.).

4/5/02

Two Full Days of Education Events Planned for Symphony's 2002 Meyer Memorial Trust/NEA Regional Tour
Portland, Ore. … Four concerts and more than 50 education events are scheduled in 13 communities throughout Eastern Oregon and Idaho as the Symphony presents its 10th annual Meyer Memorial Trust/NEA Regional Tour April 10 through 13.

March 2002

3/22/02

Murry Sidlin to Conduct Classical Concert Featuring Inspiring Works, Debut of Young Piano Star Stewart Goodyear
Portland, Ore. … Acclaimed pianist Stewart Goodyear will make his Oregon Symphony debut performing one of the most popular instrumental concertos ever written, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, in an Oregon Symphony Classical Bravo concert led by Resident Conductor Murry Sidlin April 27 through 29 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and April 30 at Salem's Smith Auditorium.

3/22/02

Listening Group to Offer Opportunity to Explore Verdi's Requiem With Murry Sidlin
Portland, Ore. … Resident Conductor Murry Sidlin, creator of the Oregon Symphony's Nerve Endings- style concert/drama "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin" will host a free, informal discussion titled "How to listen to music and the Verdi Requiem if you heard it in Terezin" during Fortissimo's Listening Group meeting Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at Classical Millennium Northwest (801 NW 23rd Ave.).

3/22/02

Thibaudet to Perform Ravel in Classical Concert Led by Renowned Conductor Sergiu Comissiona
Portland, Ore. … One of the most in-demand pianists of his generation, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, will make his Oregon Symphony debut performing Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand in a Classical Applause concert conducted by Sergiu Comissiona, Conductor Emeritus of the Vancouver Symphony, April 6 through 8 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

3/18/02

Norman Leyden to Perform Big Band Favorites in Oregon Symphony Bank of America Pops Concert
Portland, Ore. … Celebrating the swinging sounds of big band, Associate Conductor Norman Leyden and his 17-piece big band will perform an evening of favorites from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and more in an Oregon Symphony Bank of America Pops concert featuring popular local singers Reneé Cleland and Rod Lucich April 20 through 22 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

3/15/02

Oregon Public Education Network Partners with Oregon Symphony to Deliver Teacher Training Via Interactive Teleconferencing System
Portland, Ore. … Using a high-speed Internet connection to the Qwest network and Oregon Public Education Network's (OPEN) two-way interactive teleconferencing system Oregon Access Network, the Oregon Symphony's Education and Community Programs will present a teacher workshop Tuesday, March 19, for elementary and secondary teachers in Hermiston.

3/15/02

Symphony Announces 2002-2003 Season Featuring Returning Music Director Candidates, Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle, Exciting Guest Soloists and Wide-ranging Special Events
including … Joshua Bell * Canadian Brass * Mark O'Connor Trio * Katie Harman
Garrick Ohlsson * Christopher Parkening * Leila Josefowicz * Lou Rawls
Georgian State Dancers * Voice of the Dragon * and ... more! (Also, more on 2002-2003 Classical, Pops, Nerve Endings and Kids Concert Series.)

3/15/02

Symphony Partners with Oregon Public Broadcasting to Produce National PBS Television Special of Sidlin's "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin"
The concert/drama honoring the human and spiritual power behind performances of Verdi's "Requiem" by imprisoned Jews at Terezin selected by PBS to become a national special in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

3/15/02

Chamber Music on Tap to Offer a Casual Evening of Familiar Violin Music With Associate Concertmaster Peter Frajola
Portland, Ore. … Peter Frajola, Oregon Symphony Associate Concertmaster, will perform a solo program of varied and "listener-friendly" works for violin in a Chamber Music on Tap concert Wednesday, April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at BridgePort BrewPub (1313 N.W. Marshall St., Portland).

3/8/02

Thomas Lauderdale and Norman Leyden to Collaborate in Oregon Symphony Special Events Concert Featuring Pink Martini
Portland, Ore. … Portland's own Pink Martini will perform with the Oregon Symphony when Thomas Lauderdale joins Associate Conductor Norman Leyden onstage in a collaboration that incorporates classical, jazz and Latin traditions Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

3/8/02

Michael Kosmala, Director of Education and Community Programs, to Host Discussion on 20th-Century French Impressionism
Michael Kosmala, Oregon Symphony Director of Education and Community Programs, will host a free discussion on 20th-century French Impressionism during Fortissimo's Listening Group meeting Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at Classical Millennium Northwest (801 NW 23rd Ave.).

February 2002

2/26/02

Third Angle to Perform Innovative, Contemporary Works at Chamber Music on Tap Concert
Portland, Ore. … The Northwest's premier contemporary chamber ensemble, Third Angle, will perform a program of "classic" 20th-century works in a Chamber Music on Tap concert Wednesday, March 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at BridgePort BrewPub (1313 N.W. Marshall St., Portland).

2/26/02

Collaboration with Hungary's Ökrös Ensemble to Explore Gypsy Influences in Classical Music
Portland, Ore. … A wild Hungarian/Gypsy jam session with Hungary's leading folk revival band, the Ökrös Ensemble, will highlight "Gypsy Fire," an Oregon Symphony Nerve Endings concert conducted by Resident Conductor Murry Sidlin that delves into the Gypsy origins of classical music's folk elements, Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

2/15/02

Four Major Performing Arts Organizations Commission Feasibility Study for New Arts Center
Portland, Ore. … Two years of discussions by Portland's major performing arts organizations and community leaders have resulted in the commissioning of a study to determine the feasibility of a new performing arts center that better serves the community.

2/12/02

David Shifrin to Perform Copland's Clarinet Concerto at Oregon Symphony Debut
Portland, Ore. … David Shifrin of Chamber Music Northwest, dubbed "unsurpassed as a clarinet soloist" by Clarinet Magazine, will make his long-awaited Oregon Symphony debut in an ODS Classical Bravo concert performing Copland's Clarinet Concerto, a work for which his recording received a Grammy nomination.

2/11/02

Conductor Niel DePonte Announces Winners of the 8th Annual “Young Artists at the Schnitz” Concerto Competition
Niel DePonte, artistic director and conductor of the “Young Artists at the Schnitz” concerto competition announced this year’s winners of the annual competition.

2/1/02

Oregon Symphony April Fools' Concert to Satirize Classical Music
Portland Ore. … Vacuum cleaners, cell phones, a floor polisher and rifles will become orchestral instruments in a program of musical wit when the Oregon Symphony presents its April Fools' concert Monday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

2/1/02

Famous Russian Music of The Romantic Period and Dynamic Young Artist to Highlight Symphony Sunday Concert
Portland, Ore. … Nineteen-year-old Orion Weiss, who in 1999 stepped in to replace André Watts at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with less than 24 hours notice, will join Associate Conductor Norman Leyden and the Oregon Symphony for "Russian Romantics."

2/1/02

Principal Viola Joël Belgique to Host Discussion on Beethoven's Third Symphony
Portland, Ore. … Cutting through the classical "mystique," Oregon Symphony Principal Viola Joël Belgique will host a free discussion on Beethoven's legendary Symphony No. 3 during Fortissimo's Listening Group meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. at Classical Millennium Northwest (801 NW 23rd Ave.).

January 2002

1/25/02

'A Concert for Lovers' to Put a New Twist on the Symphony's Traditional Valentine's Concert
Portland, Ore. … Romantic Viennese waltzes, a quest for the most creative expressions of love and chocolate will combine for a new spin on the Oregon Symphony's annual Valentine's concert, "A Concert for Lovers," on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

1/18/02

'Electrifying' Pianist Hélène Grimaud to Make Portland Debut
Portland, Ore. … Hélène Grimaud, one of the most in-demand pianists today, will make her Portland debut performing Rachmaninoff's haunting Piano Concerto No. 2 in an Oregon Symphony Classical Applause concert conducted by Music Director Candidate Roberto Minczuk Feb. 23 through 25 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

1/18/02

'Bright Lights! Broadway!' to Spotlight Andrew Lloyd Webber
Portland, Ore. … In celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved Broadway music, hits from "Phantom of the Opera," "Cats," "Evita" and more will be featured in "Bright Lights! Broadway! Music By Andrew Lloyd Webber and Friends," an Oregon Symphony Bank of America Pops concert Feb. 16 through 18 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

1/18/02

Bassoon Brothers to Perform Humorous, Interactive Chamber Music on Tap Concert
Portland, Ore. … The Bassoon Brothers, local celebrities known for drawing sold-out crowds to every performance, will perform music from their soon-to-be-released CD as well as favorites from past performances in a Chamber Music on Tap concert Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at BridgePort BrewPub (1313 N.W. Marshall St., Portland).

1/9/02

Eclectic Portland Sextet to Perform Chamber Music on Tap Concert
Portland, Ore. … Combining modern chamber music, Tango, Middle Eastern and Eastern European folk music, "3 Leg Torso" will perform at Chamber Music on Tap Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at BridgePort BrewPub (1313 N.W. Marshall St., Portland).

1/9/02

Kids Concert to Feature Children's Classic, "Peter and the Wolf"
Portland, Ore. … The Magic Circle Mime Company's popular combination of visual theatrics and symphonic music will bring Prokofiev's classic tale of "Peter and the Wolf" to life in an Oregon Symphony Kids Concert Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 2002

12/21/01

Music Director Candidate Carlos Kalmar Invited to Return for Feb. 2-4 Classical Series
Search Committee votes to bring Kalmar back sooner rather than later following rave reviews from orchestra musicians, the audience and the community
Portland, Ore. As a result of his highly successful October debut with the Oregon Symphony, Music Director Candidate Carlos Kalmar - currently the Principal Conductor for Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival - will return to Portland Feb. 2-4, 2002, to conduct three ODS Health Plans Classical Bravo concerts.

12/21/01

Symphony President Tony Woodcock to Discuss Korngold and Bernstein at January Listening Group
Portland, Ore. … In a free, open forum for people with little or no formal music education, Oregon Symphony President Tony Woodcock will host a discussion titled "Film Music into Concert Music ? Masterpiece or Fraud? How Korngold and Bernstein Broke the Mold," during Fortissimo's January Listening group meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Classical Millennium Northwest (801 NW 23rd Ave.)

12/21/01

DePreist Follows Doctor's Advice to regain 'Full-Strength;'
Music Director Candidate Pavel Kogan to Conduct Jan. 5-7

Portland, Ore. … Though his recovery from a Dec. 3 kidney transplant continues smoothly, Oregon Symphony Music Director James DePreist has announced he will not conduct Jan. 5-7 Classical Concerts as scheduled, following advice from his doctor to regain "full strength" before returning to the podium.

12/21/01

Youth Concerts to Explore Music's Great Moments of Inspiration
Portland, Ore. … Teaching local sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders about composers' great moments of inspiration, the Oregon Symphony will perform enduring musical phrases of composers like Beethoven, Bach and Haydn in a Youth Concert called "Got It! Composer's Brainstorms" led by Resident Conductor Murry Sidlin Thursday, Feb. 7, at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

12/14/01

Nerve Endings Concert to Explore Sociology of "Porgy and Bess"
Portland, Ore. … America's most famous folk opera, Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," will be explored as both a musical work and a sociological commentary in an Oregon Symphony Nerve Endings concert/drama written by Resident Conductor Murry Sidlin titled "October 10, 1935: The Sociology of George, Bess and Porgy" Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

12/14/01

Classical Concert to Feature Davies' Tribute to “Tackiness” of Las Vegas
Portland, Ore. … Diverse works by notable 20th century English composers and Dvoràk's Symphony
No. 8 will be featured in an Oregon Symphony Classical concert conducted by Associate Conductor Norman Leyden with guest cellist Mark Kosower Jan. 19 through 21 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

12/14/01

DePreist Scheduled to Conduct Shostakovich Following Successful Kidney Transplant
Updated announcement released 12/21 (see above).
Portland, Ore. … Music Director James DePreist will perform Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 in an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring violinist Robert McDuffie Jan. 5 through 7 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The concert is DePreist's first scheduled appearance with the Symphony since undergoing kidney transplant surgery Dec. 3.

12/10/01

Norman Leyden to Conduct the Best of Irving Berlin
Portland, Ore. … "Say it With Music," an Oregon Symphony Bank of America Pops concert dedicated to one of America's greatest songwriters, Irving Berlin, will feature Associate Conductor Norman Leyden, the Leyden Singers and vocalist Susannah Mars Jan. 12 through 14 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

12/10/01

National Acrobats of Taiwan, R.O.C. to Debut in Portland
Portland, Ore. … Gravity-defying stunts, feats of strength and balance and displays of incredible flexibility take center stage when the National Acrobats of Taiwan, R.O.C., China's foremost company in the art of traditional acrobatics, debut in Portland Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

12/10/01

Symphony Appoints New Concert Manager
Portland, Ore. … Mark Rulison has accepted the position of Oregon Symphony Concert Manager and Director of Special Projects, Symphony General Manager Mary Crist announced.

November 2002

11/26/01

Symphony Announces New Director of Development
Portland, Ore. … Graham McReynolds, most recently the Chief Development Officer for the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, will join the Oregon Symphony as Director of Development Dec. 3, Symphony President Tony Woodcock announced.

11/20/01

Symphony Appoints New Director of Individual Development
Portland, Ore. … An advocate for Oregon's arts and communities, Joanne Van Ness Menashe, has been appointed Oregon Symphony Director of Individual Development beginning Nov. 12, Symphony President Tony Woodcock announced Nov. 2.

11/20/01

Jed Shay Appointed to New Oregon Symphony Development Position
Portland, Ore. … Filling the newly created position of Oregon Symphony Director of Corporate Development, Jed Shay, previously an independent contractor managing major events including the Symphony's Gala concert, joined the Symphony full time Nov. 16, Symphony President Tony Woodcock announced.

11/20/01

"The Nutcracker" and "Greensleeves" to Highlight Holiday Concert
Portland, Ore. … Classical Christmas music and a traditional carol sing-along will highlight the Oregon Symphony's "Classical Christmas Fantasy" concert with Associate Conductor Norman Leyden Sunday, Dec. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

11/19/01

Yuletide Celebration Tour Joins Oregon Symphony for Bank of America Holiday Pops Concert
Portland, Ore. … Tap-dancing Santas and life-size reindeer puppets celebrate the holiday season Broadway-style with music, theater, dance and puppetry as the Oregon Symphony presents "Yuletide Celebration," a Bank of America Pops family concert Dec. 15 through Dec. 18 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Dec. 14 at Salem's Smith Auditorium.

11/9/01

Charles Floyd and Local Gospel Choirs Return for Popular "Gospel Christmas" Performances
"Gospel Christmas," the much-anticipated, annual event that brings audiences to their feet with spirited and energetic performances by Charles Floyd and the group created specifically for these concerts, the Northwest Community Gospel Chorus, and the Oregon Symphony, is scheduled for Dec. 21 and 22 with an additional open rehearsal performance Dec. 20 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

11/9/01

Kids Holiday Concert to Feature Adaptation of "The Snowman"
Portland, Ore. … A musical adaptation of Raymond Briggs' ever-popular storybook, "The Snowman," will be the centerpiece for the Oregon Symphony's Kids Holiday concert Dec. 8 and 9 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

11/5/01

Mahler Symphony No. 4 to Highlight Classical Concert Featuring Music Director Candidate and Pianist Vladimir Feltsman
Portland, Ore. … Music Director candidate Tadaaki Otaka, acclaimed Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, will perform Mahler's powerful Symphony No. 4 in an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring renowned pianist Vladimir Feltsman Dec. 1 through 3 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 2002

10/30/01

Thanksgiving Weekend Concert to Feature Baroque Favorites
Portland, Ore. … Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," four incredible "sound-pictures" illustrating Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, will provide the centerpiece to an evening of Baroque music by candlelight Thanksgiving weekend when the Oregon Symphony presents its annual concert of Baroque favorites Nov. 24 and 25 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

10/22/01

$75,000 Grant From Spirit Mountain Community Fund Supports Oregon Symphony Youth Concerts
Portland, Ore. … The Spirit Mountain Community Fund has awarded a $75,000 grant to the Oregon Symphony in support of its education programs, including the upcoming Youth Concerts for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders on Nov. 19 and Dec. 4 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

10/22/01

Romantic Music for Cello and Piano to be Featured in Chamber Music on Tap Concert
Portland, Ore. … Timothy Scott, Oregon Symphony cellist, and pianist Susan Smith will present an old-fashioned recital of romantic music for cello and piano as part of the popular Chamber Music on Tap series Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at BridgePort BrewPub (1313 N.W. Marshall St., Portland). Chamber Music on Tap, sponsored by Bridgeport Brewing Company, is presented by Fortissimo, an Oregon Symphony volunteer organization.

10/22/01

"Anatomy of the Fifth" to Open Nerve Endings Series with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
Portland, Ore. … Beethoven's illustrious Fifth Symphony will be the subject of a dramatic, audience-interactive exploration hosted by Resident Conductor Murry Sidlin in "Anatomy of the Fifth," an Oregon Symphony Nerve Endings concert, Nov. 15 and 16 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Nerve Endings is sponsored by Bridgeport Brewing Company.

10/22/01

Ireland's Top Selling Artist Mary Black to Perform Oregon Symphony Special Events Concert
Portland, Ore. … Singer Mary Black, a star in her native Ireland who is becoming renowned internationally for her folk and contemporary interpretations, will perform Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in an added, non-orchestra Oregon Symphony Special Events concert.

10/12/01

American Music Legend Burt Bacharach to Perform With the Oregon Symphony
Portland, Ore. … The legendary Burt Bacharach, one of America's most enduring and popular songwriters, will join the Oregon Symphony for a Bank of America Pops concert with performances of hit songs like "Walk on By" Nov. 10 through 12 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Nov. 13 at Salem's Smith Auditorium.

10/12/01

"Where in the World of Music is Carmen Sandiego?™" to Open Oregon Symphony Kids Concert Series
Portland, Ore. … "Where in the World of Music is Carmen Sandiego?™" will lead kids on a hilarious musical chase around the world in "The Case of the Missing Concert Hall" using clues from orchestral works with the help of Conductor Gary Sheldon and Bobby Weinapple (as Inspector Clue-Not) Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

10/5/01

Linda Ronstadt to perform Nelson Riddle Arrangements at Oregon Symphony Annual Gala Concert
Portland Ore. … Linda Ronstadt, one of the most enduring and beloved voices in the history of contemporary music, will sing the great Nelson Riddle big-band arrangements when she joins Music Director James DePreist for the Oregon Symphony's annual Gala concert Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Rose Garden's Theater of Clouds.

10/5/01

Quartet of Talented Local Musicians to Perform Bach, Beethoven and Schumann at Chamber Music on Tap
Portland, Ore.… The talents of Chien Tan, Oregon Symphony Principal Second Violin, Principal Cello Nancy Ives, Principal Viola Joël Belgique and guest pianist Janet Coleman will be showcased at Chamber Music on Tap as part of an evening of Bach and Beethoven featuring Schumann's Piano Quartet Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridgeport BrewPub (1313 NW Marshall St., Portland).

10/5/01

"Meet the Orchestra" KinderKonzert Scheduled for Parkrose Area Students
Portland, Ore. … Continuing the relationship in Northeast Portland's Parkrose neighborhood that began with an Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods concert at Knott Park in August, the Oregon Symphony will present a KinderKonzert for K-3rd-graders Thursday, Oct. 25, at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at St. Therese School (1260 NE 132nd Ave.).

10/5/01

Passionate Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Returns to Perform Brahms' Violin Concerto
Portland, Ore. … Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, renowned for her passionate music-making, technical prowess and electrifying performing style, will join Music Director James DePreist for an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring Brahms' Violin Concerto, Berlioz' "Roman Carnival" Overture and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra Nov. 3 through 5 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 2002

9/28/01

Ravi Shankar Final Tour to Include Performance at the Schnitz with Daughter Anoushka Shankar
Portland, Ore. … The legendary sitar virtuoso, composer, teacher and writer, Ravi Shankar, will perform in concert with his daughter, sitarist Anoushka Shankar, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

9/28/02

Fortissimo's Listening Group to Explore Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Portland, Ore. … In a free, open forum for people with little or no formal music education, Ralph Nelson, Marketing Director of the Oregon Symphony, will host a discussion on music's Baroque period during Fortissimo's October Listening group meeting Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Classical Millennium Northwest (801 NW 23rd Ave.)

9/28/02

Virtuoso Pianist Stephen Hough to Perform Saint-Saëns' Rarely Heard "Egyptian" Concerto
Portland, Ore. … Famed pianist Stephen Hough will join internationally renowned conductor Carlos Kalmar, a candidate for the position of Music Director of the Oregon Symphony, in a Classical concert featuring Saint-Saëns' rarely heard "Egyptian" concerto.

9/28/02

New Apprentice Conductor Joins Oregon Symphony
Portland, Ore. … Aspiring conductor Jonathan Pasternack will be immersed in the conducting experience when he joins the Oregon Symphony this season to study under Music Director James DePreist and Resident Conductor Murry Sidlin, as well as Oregon Symphony guest conductors, guest artists, principal musicians and staff.

9/28/02

New Members Elected To Oregon Symphony Board of Directors; Susan Keil Appointed Chair-Elect
Portland, Ore. … Seven new community leaders were elected Sept. 21 to the Oregon Symphony Board of Directors and the Symphony Foundation. Susan Keil, a board member since 1996, has been appointed Chair-Elect of the Oregon Symphony Association Board of Directors.

9/26/01

Symphony to Present Multimedia Concert for Science, Music Lovers Featuring "The Planets" and "Star Wars"
Portland, Ore. … Images provided by NASA of the planets will be projected onto a huge screen hanging above the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall stage while the Oregon Symphony orchestra performs Holst's legendary score, "The Planets," conducted by Resident Conductor Murry Sidlin Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

9/26/01

New American Girl Fashions to be Presented at Oregon Symphony Women's Association Benefit
Portland, Ore. … In a celebration of the spirit of American girlhood, the American Girl® Fashion Show, presented by the Oregon Symphony Women's Association, will feature a fresh, updated look showcasing historical and contemporary American Girl® fashions Nov. 10 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

9/24/01

Music Director Candidate James Judd to Perform Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" with Oregon Symphony and Celebrated Horn Soloist Eric Ruske
Portland, Ore. … James Judd, Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and a candidate for the position of Music Director of the Oregon Symphony, will conduct a Classical concert featuring Mozart's masterpiece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" with America's premiere horn soloist, Eric Ruske, as guest artist Oct. 6 to 8 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

9/24/01

Motown Legends the Temptations to Appear at the Schnitz
Portland, Ore. …One of history's most beloved group of R&B performers, The Temptations, will perform at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Oct. 10 in a Special Event presentation by the Oregon Symphony.

9/10/01

New Musicians Join Symphony as 2001-2002 Season Begins
Portland, Ore. … Seven new faces will appear on the Oregon Symphony stage as the 2001-2002 season opens with four talented musicians from around the United States joining the Symphony permanently and seven musicians filling temporary vacancies.

9/10/01

Popular Instrument Petting Zoos Reach Community Through its Libraries
Portland, Ore. … Instrument Petting Zoos presented by Oregon Symphony musicians are beginning to appear in libraries as part of an effort by Oregon Symphony Education and Community Programs to expand the popular hands-on learning sessions.

9/07/01

"Prince of Pops" Erich Kunzel to Open 2001-2002 Bank of America Pops Concert
Portland, Ore. … The man responsible for making the Cincinnati Pops one of the most-televised and widely recorded orchestras in America, Erich Kunzel, will conduct music from blockbuster movies including "Exodus" and "Shine" at the first Bank of America Pops concert of the season Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with an additional performance in Salem Oct. 2.

August 2002

8/31/01

Virtuoso Pianist Garrick Ohlsson to Join Symphony in Performance of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2
Portland, Ore. … Pianist Garrick Ohlsson, a favorite of Portland audiences, will perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 when he joins Music Director and Conductor James DePreist and the Oregon Symphony in a Classical ODS Bravo concert Sept. 22 to 24 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

8/31/01

Artistic Administrator Charles Calmer to Discuss 20th Century Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams at Oregon Symphony Listening Group
Portland, Ore. … With a discussion on 20th century composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, Oregon Symphony Artistic Administrator Charles Calmer will host Fortissimo's September Listening Group Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Classical Millennium Northwest (801 NW 23rd Ave.).

8/31/01

Oregon Symphony Docent Program Expands: Community Recruits Wanted
Portland, Ore. … Volunteers from around the community to share their love for music and children are being recruited and trained by the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Programs Department to prepare 3-5 graders for Youth Concerts with classrooms visits.

8/31/01

"Extraordinary Encores" to Spotlight Orchestra Talent in First Symphony Sunday Concert of the 2001-202 Season
Portland, Ore. … "Extraordinary Encores," conducted by Music Director James DePreist, will launch the 2001-2002 Symphony Sunday season with solo appearances by Oregon Symphony Violinist Denise Huizenga and Assistant Principal Violist Charles Noble Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

8/27/01

Concerts Added to Symphony's 2001-2002 Season Include Irish Singer Mary Black and National Acrobats of China
Portland, Ore. … Four events have recently been booked in addition to the 2001-2002 Oregon Symphony season lineup; popular Irish singer Mary Black, the National Acrobats of China, and due to increased demand, a second Nerve Endings presentation of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and an added Pink Martini performance.

8/27/01

Mayor To Proclaim Weekend-Long Live Music Celebration at Symphony's Waterfront Concert
Portland, Ore. … Free, outdoor, live music will take center stage this weekend when Mayor Vera Katz proclaims Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, 2001, "Live Music Appreciation Days" at the Oregon Symphony's Tom McCall Waterfront Park concert Thursday, Aug. 30 (rain date: Friday, Aug. 31, same location and time).

8/24/01

Chamber Music on Tap to Feature Popular Ethos Quartet
Portland, OR. … Portland's acclaimed Ethos Quartet will perform works by Mozart, Dvorak, Beethoven and Barber in "Chamber Music On Tap" Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at BridgePort Brew Pub. Chamber Music on Tap, sponsored by BridgePort Brewing Company, is presented by Fortissimo, an Oregon Symphony volunteer organization.

8/17/01

Mezzo-Soprano Marilyn Horne to Kick Off Symphony's 2001-2002 Special Events
Portland, Ore. … Legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne will join Music Director and Conductor James DePreist for an evening featuring classic American Broadway songs Friday, Sept. 14, in the first Oregon Symphony Special Events Concert of the 2001-2002 season at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

8/10/01

Passionate Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung Kicks Off Classical Season with Music Director James DePreist
Portland, Ore. … World-class violinist Kyung-Wha Chung will join Music Director and Conductor James DePreist in a performance of Sibelius' Violin Concerto in the first Oregon Symphony Classical concert of the 2001-2002 season Sept. 8 through 10 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

8/3/01

VH1 Save the Music Foundation Partners with Oregon Symphony in Commitment To Support Music Education in Portland Public Schools
**Each of the Symphony's Parks Concerts will Feature Instrument Drives**
Portland, Ore. … The Oregon Symphony, in partnership with VH1 Save the Music and AT&T Broadband, will offer drop sites where instrument donations may be made at each of its summer parks concerts in Knott, Kenton and Tom McCall Waterfront Parks Aug. 19, 26 and 30.

July 2002

7/30/01

Free Outdoor Parks Concert to Feature Neighborhood Arts Groups, Educational Activities and Instrument Drive for Portland Schools
**James DePreist to Conduct "1812 Overture" at Traditional Waterfront Concert Aug. 30**

Portland, Ore. Portland's neighborhood parks will be the summertime stage for three Oregon Symphony concerts during the sixth annual "Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods," a city-funded neighborhood revitalization project incorporating local arts groups, community organizations and, this year, a used instrument drive for VH1 Save the Music.

June 2002

6/19/01

Cultural District Unites to Celebrate Arrival of Portland Streetcar
Portland, Ore. In an unprecedented collaboration by the many diverse and vibrant organizations that comprise Portland's Cultural District, the arrival of the Portland Streetcars in the city's South Park Blocks on Saturday, July 21, will be greeted by a full day of open houses, music, performances, hands-on art activities and demonstrations.

 

 

 


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