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May 2004

May 21, 2004

Amy Schwartz Moretti Named Concertmaster; Appointment Concludes Season-Long Search
Portland, Ore. … Amy Schwartz Moretti, valedictorian of her class at The Cleveland Institute of Music and concertmaster of The Florida Orchestra for the last five years, is the new concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, Music Director Carlos Kalmar announced today. Moretti’s appointment concludes a season-long search; she will join the orchestra in time to open the 2004-2005 season in August.

May 14, 2004

Willamette Valley Educator Elizabeth Crockett Honored with Annual Music Education Appreciation Award
Portland, Ore. … Elizabeth Crockett, a music specialist in the Yamhill-Carlton School district, was awarded the seventh annual Patty Vemer Music Education Appreciation Award at the Oregon Symphony Classical concert Monday, May 10, 2004 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

May 13, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY: Alexander LaFollett and Kevin Lax Declared Co-Winners of 'The Conti Connection;' Both Will Shadow Conti in Hollywood May 18 & 19. Amanda Richards named Runner Up.
Budding composers Alexander LaFollett and Kevin Lax will meet key decision makers in the Hollywood music scene when they spend two days with Oscar-winning composer Bill Conti May 18 and 19 as co-winners of The Conti Connection, an Oregon Symphony competition for aspiring songwriters and composers. The winners were announced at the Rose Garden May 12.

April 2004

April 29, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY: Local Songwriters/Composers Try for a Chance to Make 'The Conti Connection:' Winner to Fly to L.A. to Shadow Oscar-Winning Composer Bill Conti for a Day
One lucky songwriter/composer will win the break of a lifetime when he or she is selected to make "The Conti Connection" and fly to Los Angeles to spend a day shadowing Oscar-winning film and television composer Bill Conti. "The Conti Connection" is an Oregon Symphony competition for aspiring songwriters and composers; entries must be submitted in score or audio format by Noon on Monday, May 10.

April 23, 2004

Award-Winning Film and Television Composer Bill Conti Conducts "An Evening at the Movies" to Close Bank of America Pops Series
Portland, Ore. … Bill Conti, one of Hollywood's most prolific composers whose credits span 30 years and multiple Oscar, Grammy and Emmy honors, will headline "An Evening at the Movies" to close the Bank of America Pops series on May 22, 23 and 24 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The "Rocky" theme "Gonna Fly Now" and James Bond's "For Your Eyes Only" are but two Conti selections from scores of film and television projects that have included "Broadcast News" and the Oscar-winning music from "The Right Stuff."

April 16, 2004

Carlos Kalmar to End Classical Season with Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony Featuring the Portland Symphonic Choir
Portland, Ore. … The largest musical force of the season will gather on the Oregon Symphony stage for Music Director Carlos Kalmar's grand finale Classical Concert presentation of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection," on May 15, 16 and 17 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

April 9, 2004

Carlos Kalmar Conducts a Spanish-Inspired Program featuring Music of Debussy, Ravel and de Falla's "Nights in the Garden of Spain" with Pianist Joaquín Achúcarro
Portland, Ore. … The rich musical flavors of Spain come to life as Music Director Carlos Kalmar leads the Oregon Symphony in three performances of music by Debussy and Ravel with acclaimed Spanish pianist Joaquín Achúcarro on May 8, 9 and 10 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on Friday, May 7 at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium.

April 2, 2004

Year-Long Community Music Partnership with Redmond Public Schools Marked by Community Concert with Students Playing Side-by-Side with Orchestra
Portland, Ore. … Redmond high school students will team up with musicians of the Oregon Symphony to present a musical celebration of the Symphony’s year-long Community Music Partnership (CMP) with the Redmond Public Schools on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Redmond High School gymnasium.

March 2004

March 19, 2004

Youth Concert Series Closes 2003-04 Season with "The Colors of Music" for Elementary School Students
Portland, Ore. … How composers “color” a piece of music by using specific instruments or combinations of instruments is explored by the Oregon Symphony, led by Assistant Conductor Mei-Ann Chen, as they present the second Youth Concert of the season, “The Colors of Music,” to third through fifth graders on April 26 and 27 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

March 19, 2004

James DePreist and André Watts to Present Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2
Portland, Ore. … In his final appearance of the 2003-04 season, Laureate Music Director James DePreist leads the Oregon Symphony in Rachmaninoff’s blockbuster Piano Concerto No. 2 with renowned pianist André Watts on April 17, 18 and 19 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. DePreist, whose unexpected back surgery led to the cancellation of his March appearances with the Symphony, expects to recover sufficiently to conduct as scheduled.

March 9, 2004

William "Bill" Ryberg Named Symphony President; Orchestra, Community Reputation Draw Rising Star
Portland, Ore. … William A. "Bill" Ryberg, currently President of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan, has been appointed the Oregon Symphony's next President, Board of Directors Chair Susan D. Keil announced today. Ryberg, a native of Washington State, is scheduled to arrive in Portland by May 1, 2004.

March 8, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY: DePreist Undergoes Back Surgery; David Atherton to Conduct March 13-15 Concerts
Laureate Music Director James DePreist has been forced to cancel his March 13-15 appearances with the Oregon Symphony due to a back strain that resulted in surgery. He is expected to recover in time to conduct the April 17-19 concerts featuring Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and pianist Andre Watts.

March 5, 2004

Guest Conductor Alexander Lazarev Leads Symphony in All-Russian Program with Violinist Stefan Jackiw
Portland, Ore. … Russian conductor Alexander Lazarev leads the Oregon Symphony in a concert that showcases the rich variety of music from his homeland, featuring works by Mussorgsky, Shostakovich and Prokofiev with violinist Stefan Jackiw on April 3, 4 and 5 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

February 2004

February 27, 2004

Symphony Pays Tribute to Norman Leyden as He Makes Final Appearance as Associate Conductor in Bank of America Pops 100th Birthday Salute to Big Band Legend Glenn Miller
Portland, Ore. … Associate Conductor Norman Leyden ends his 34-year tenure with the Oregon Symphony as he and his Big Band swing the house in a Bank of America Pops Concert marking the 100th birthday of renowned Big Band leader Glenn Miller on March 27, 28 and 29 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

February 27, 2004

Oregon Symphony Docent Program Calls for Community Volunteers
Portland, Ore. … The Oregon Symphony Education and Community Programs Department will hold a free docent training session for volunteers from around the community on March 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, at which docents will learn about “The Colors of Music,” the second Youth Concert of the 2003-04 season.

February 27, 2004

Oregon Symphony News: Multnomah County Library and Oregon Symphony Musicians Conclude Series of Musical Storytimes for Kids at Gresham Library
Portland, Ore. … The 2003-04 series of Symphony Storytimes programs with live musical accompaniment by Oregon Symphony musicians will conclude at the Gresham Branch of the Multnomah County Library in March. The final series of storytimes will feature weekly events at the Gresham Library on Tuesday., March. 2, 9, 23 and 30 at 4 p.m., where Symphony musicians will perform live with music-related stories read by Youth Services Librarians Natalie Shilling and Peter Ford.

February 20, 2004

Symphony Violinist Jonathan Dubay Teams Up With Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre to Present Special Concert Featuring Music of Bartók
Portland, Ore. … Symphony violinist Jonathan Dubay and violinist George Shiolas join the acclaimed Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre to present "The Wooden Boy," an hour-long play with puppets and music of Bartók as part of the Oregon Symphony's Creative Empowerment Project (CEP) on March 21 and 22 at the Winningstad Theatre in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1111 SW Broadway.

February 20, 2004

Guest Conductor Paul Mann Examines the Passionate Relationship of Robert & Clara Schumann with Johannes Brahms in Final Front Row Center Concert of 2003-2004 Season
Portland, Ore. … The love, music and madness that flourished among three of the 19th century's musical luminaries will be explored by guest conductor Paul Mann and the Oregon Symphony in "Love Triangle," the final Front Row Center concert of the 2003-04 season, featuring baritone Ian Greenlaw and soprano Joanna Mongiardo on March 19 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

February 13, 2004

Itzhak Perlman, Handel's "Messiah," Lily Tomlin, and Aaron Meyer Highlight Symphony's 2004-2005 Special Events Series
Portland, Ore. … A dazzling array of six eclectic world-class performers and events from the classical music world and beyond are featured in the Oregon Symphony's 2004-05 Special Events series, with Perlman's solo recital appearance as the highlight.

February 13, 2004

Carlos Kalmar Makes First Appearance in Symphony's Kids Concert Series in 2004-05 with Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf;" Other Acts Include Magic Circle Mime's "Orchestra X from Outer Space" and Madcap Puppet Theatre's "Fairy Tale Fantasies"
Portland, Ore. … The 2004-05 season will mark Music Director Carlos Kalmar's first appearance on the Kids Concert series as he leads the Oregon Symphony in a concert featuring Prokofiev's children's classic, "Peter and the Wolf," in the first of three concerts in the series, which runs from Nov. 2004 through March, 2005.

February 13, 2004

Front Row Center Series Takes Audiences on Musical "Grand Tour" of Europe in 2004-2005 Season With Visits to Vienna, Paris and Moscow
Portland, Ore. … The music of three European cities that helped define several styles and genres of classical music is the focus of the Oregon Symphony’s innovative Front Row Center series, “a closer look at classical music,” for the 2004-2005 season.

February 13, 2004

Symphony Announces 2004-2005 Sundays at Two Series Featuring Thematic Programming, a Holiday Concert of Excerpts from Handel's "Messiah," U.S. Premiere with PYP Players and Symphony Musicians as Soloists, Speakers
Portland, Ore. … Thematic programming presented in a shorter concert format showcasing Oregon Symphony musicians in both solo and speaking roles will continue with the 2004-05 Sundays at Two series. The four-concert series features a shorter concert format (no more than 90 minutes in length) with Symphony musicians performing and sharing their background and passion for making music.

February 13, 2004

Kinderkonzerts Children's Concert Series Continues with "Blast Off!," A Survey of the Brass Section
Portland, Ore. … Travel out of this world with the instruments of the Oregon Symphony’s brass section as this season’s expanded cycle of Kinderkonzerts for kids in kindergarten through second grade continues with the Symphony’s Education and Programs Department’s third program of the series, “Blast Off!,” an exploration of brass instruments. The concerts will feature a brass quartet of select members of the Oregon Symphony, who will introduce kids to the various instruments of the brass family and will take place at three Portland-area elementary schools on March 2, 3 and 4.

February 13, 2004

Kalmar Announces 2004-05 Classical Series
Portland, Ore. … Focus on orchestra continues with a blend of core repertoire and recent gems including part two of Lewis & Clark commemoration premiere, two-week Brahms Festival and exciting guest artists including…Leila Josefowicz * Stephen Hough * Nikolaj Znaider * Yakov Kreizberg * Michael Stern * Alban Gerhardt * Elmar Oliveira * Louis Lortie * Peter Donohoe…and more!

February 13, 2004

Shirley Nanette, Eileen Ivers Band, Salute to the Beatles and Trio Voronezh to Headline Symphony's 2004-2005 Pops Series
Portland, Ore. … Vocalist Shirley Nanette, Eileen Ivers and her band Immigrant Soul and “Classical Mystery Tour” with musicians from the blockbuster hit “Beatlemania” top the bill for the Oregon Symphony’s 2004-2005 Pops season. The Pops series will also include an all-new Portland production of “Yuletide Celebration,” the highly popular holiday concert that’s become an annual holiday tradition, the exciting and innovative Trio Voronezh and an evening of songs made famous by some of Broadway’s most memorable divas.

February 13, 2004

Symphony Announces 2004-2005 Season
Portland, Ore. … Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony announce the 109th season, which features a continued focus on core repertoire of both familiar and lesser-known works, the world premiere of a two-part symphonic work to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, a two-week Brahms Festival in conjunction with Chamber Music Northwest and Reed College that will feature the Brahms Requiem; unforgettable Pops concerts including a Beatles’ retrospective, “Classical Mystery Tour,” a salute to big band music featuring vocalist Shirley Nanette and Celtic fiddle sensation Eileen Ivers and her band Immigrant Soul; Kalmar’s first appearance on the Kids’ Series with “Peter and the Wolf” and special performances including a recital by violinist Itzhak Perlman, a one-woman show by comedian Lily Tomlin and a Christmas production of Handel’s “Messiah.”

February 13, 2004

The Bassoon Brothers Return to Chamber Music on Tap for Final Concert of 2003-04 Season
Portland, Ore. … Mix a little renaissance music, some jazz, “Louie Louie” and a few primal war chants with the Marx Brothers and Monty Python, and you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the Bassoon Brothers, who return to close out the 2003-04 Chamber Music on Tap Series, the Oregon Symphony’s popular chamber music series that presents four-star music in a beer and pizza setting, on Wednesday, March 17 at 6 p.m.

February 13, 2004

James DePreist Leads Symphony in Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4 with Principal Horn John Cox
Portland, Ore. … Laureate Director James DePreist and the Oregon Symphony present Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major featuring Principal Horn John Cox, as well as the world premiere of John Peel’s “Sinfonia Romanza” on March 13, 14 and 15 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional concert on March 16 at Salem’s Smith Auditorium.

February 6, 2004

Guest Conductor Marc Taddei Leads Symphony in Final Sundays at Two Concert of 2003-04 Season Featuring Elgar's "Enigma Variations" and Symphony Clarinetist Todd Kuhns
Portland, Ore. … Three distinct musical personalities share the spotlight on the final concert of the 2003-04 Sundays at Two series and the final concert in the Symphony’s Beethoven Festival as guest conductor Marc Taddei, the Oregon Symphony and Symphony clarinetist Todd Kuhns perform music of Elgar, Weber and Beethoven on March 7 at 2 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

February 6, 2004

Acclaimed Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Debut in Portland
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to the Rose City for a one-night-only Oregon Symphony Special Events concert on March 4 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

January 2004

January 30, 2004

Carlos Kalmar to Conduct Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as Part of Beethoven Festival
Portland, Ore. … Music Director Carlos Kalmar conducts the Oregon Symphony, Portland Symphonic Choir and acclaimed soloists Pamela Coburn, Jane Gilbert, Richard Clement and John Relyea in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” as part of the Symphony’s month-long Beethoven Festival, paired with Schoenberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw,” with actor Scott Coopwood on Feb. 28, 29 and March 1 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

January 23, 2004

Pink Martini Returns for Sold-Out Valentine's Day Concert Conducted by Norman Leyden Featuring Samba Band Lions of Batucada
Portland, Ore. … Pink Martini returns to join the Oregon Symphony and Associate Conductor Norman Leyden for a sold-out Valentine’s Day concert of up-tempo selections on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

January 23, 2004

Carlos Kalmar Conducts All-Beethoven Program as Part of Symphony's "Distinctly Beethoven" Festival Featuring Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
Portland, Ore. … As the Symphony’s month-long Beethoven Festival continues, Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony present the first Classical Series Concert of the Festival featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and incidental music to “Egmont” with narrator Scott Coopwood and soprano Anna Christy on Feb. 21, 22 and 23 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on Feb. 24 at Salem’s Smith Auditorium.

January 16, 2004

The Four Violas Unveil Unique Evening of Chamber Music
Portland, Ore. … Come hear Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony performed like you’ve never heard it before when The Four Violas, led by Symphony Principal Violist Joël Belgique, return to perform at Chamber Music on Tap, the Oregon Symphony’s popular chamber music series that presents four-star music in a beer and pizza setting, on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

January 16, 2004

Award-Winning "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" Program Featured in Final Kids Concert of 2003-04 Season
Portland, Ore. … The arrival of an eccentric boarder turns a young boy’s life upside down as Oregon Symphony Assistant Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the orchestra present the award-winning Classical Kids’ program “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” for the final Kids Concert of the 2003-04 season on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

January 14, 2004

Eugene R. Gregory Named VP of Development, Marketing; Former Lewis & Clark VP Returns to Portland
Portland, Ore. … Eugene R. Gregory, an Oregon native who served as Lewis and Clark College’s chief fundraiser before moving to Louisiana and raising over $100 million for Centenary College of Louisiana, is the new Vice President for Development and Marketing for the Oregon Symphony, Interim President Duane McDougall announced today. Gregory will return to Oregon to assume the position March 1.

January 9, 2004

Bank of America Pops Series Presents Concert of Broadway and Pop Favorites Featuring Vocalist Dee Daniels
Portland, Ore. … Put on your dancing shoes and grab a partner as guest conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the Oregon Symphony in this Bank of America Pops Concert celebration of swing and a salute to the great ladies of jazz featuring vocalist Dee Daniels on Feb. 7, 8 and 9 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Media support provided by Oregon Business Magazine and K103fm.

January 9, 2004

Kinderkonzerts Children's Concert Series Continues with "Charting a Changing Course," an Exploration of the Woodwind section
Portland, Ore. … This season’s expanded cycle of Kinderkonzerts for kids in kindergarten through second grade continues with the Oregon Symphony Education and Programs Department’s second program of the series, “Charting a Changing Course,” a tour of the woodwind section. The concerts will feature a woodwind quintet of select members of the Oregon Symphony, who will introduce kids to the various instruments of the woodwind family and will take place at three Portland-area elementary schools on Jan. 26, 27 and 28.

December 2003

December 19, 2003

Norman Leyden Announces Retirement; Symphony Plans Tribute as Part of Glenn Miller Salute
Portland, Ore. … Norman Leyden, Associate Conductor of the Oregon Symphony for more than 33 years, has announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2003-2004 season. Leyden, 86, began his work with the Oregon Symphony in 1970.

December 19, 2003

Multnomah County Library and Oregon Symphony Musicians Continue Series of Musical Storytimes for Kids
Portland, Ore. … Norman Leyden, Associate Conductor of the Oregon Symphony for more than 33 years, has announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2003-2004 season. Leyden, 86, began his work with the Oregon Symphony in 1970.

December 19, 2003

Guest Conductor Gregory Vajda Leads Symphony in Hungarian-Flavored Sundays at Two Concert Featuring Symphony Violinist Paloma Griffin
Portland, Ore. … Come experience an afternoon of works whose main themes were inspired by other music as guest conductor Gregory Vajdaand the Oregon Symphony perform music of Brahms, Bartók and Kodály with Symphony violinist Paloma Griffin in the next Sundays at Two concert on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 19, 2003

Guest Conductor David Alan Miller Examines Different Facets of Beethoven's Revolutionary Style in Front Row Center Concert
Portland, Ore. … How Beethoven revolutionized the music of his time will be explored by guest conductor David Alan Miller as he leads the Oregon Symphony in the second Front Row Center concert appropriately titled "Beethoven the Revolutionary" featuring pianist Susan DeWitt Smith on Friday, Jan. 30 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This concert also marks the beginning of the Symphony's month-long Beethoven Festival, which continues through March 7.

December 19, 2003

3 Leg Torso Returns for Evening of Ethnic-Influenced Chamber Music
Portland, Ore. … The always eclectic ensemble 3 Leg Torso returns for another evening of unusual and ethnically influenced music at Chamber Music on Tap, the Oregon Symphony's popular chamber music series that presents four-star music in a beer and pizza setting, on Wednesday, January 21 at 6 p.m.

December 19, 2003

Bank of America Pops Series Presents All-British Program Featuring Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Portland, Ore. … Passports are not required for this trip to England as guest conductor Jack Everly leads the Oregon Symphony and guest vocalists in a Bank of America Pops concert of music by acclaimed British composers including Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Beatles, Lionel Bart, Noel Coward and Gilbert and Sullivan on Jan. 17, 18 and 19 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on Jan. 20 at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium.

December 12, 2003

Guest Conductor Eri Klas Takes Symphony on Musical Tour of Scandinavian Favorites Featuring Music of Sibelius and Grieg's Piano Concerto with Pianist Benedetto Lupo
Portland, Ore. … Guest Conductor Eri Klas and the Oregon Symphony present a wintry tour of the most popular music from Scandinavia featuring Sibelius' "Finlandia" and Symphony No. 5 and Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor performed by pianist Benedetto Lupo on Jan. 10, 11 and 12 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 12, 2003

Symphony Presents Month-Long Beethoven Festival Featuring Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9 ("Choral")
Portland, Ore. … A month-long Beethoven Festival featuring concerts on several Oregon Symphony series including performances of the composer's immortal Symphonies No. 5 in C minor and the Symphony No. 9, "Choral," with Music Director Carlos Kalmar, will begin Jan. 30 with the Front Row Center's "Beethoven the Revolutionary" concert and continue through a March 7 Sundays at Two concert featuring the "Creatures of Prometheus" overture.

December 5, 2003

Multnomah County Library and Oregon Symphony Musicians Continue Series of Musical Storytimes for Kids
Portland, Ore. … Symphony Storytimes programs with live musical accompaniment by Oregon Symphony musicians will continue at Multnomah County Library branches in January, February and March as a result of an innovative ongoing partnership between the Library and the Symphony’s Education and Community Programs department.

December 5, 2003

Guest Conductor Hannu Lintu Leads Symphony in All-French Program Featuring Principal Trombone Aaron Lavere
Portland, Ore. … An afternoon of French favorites with guest conductor Hannu Lintu and Principal Trombone Aaron LaVere are featured at the Oregon Symphony’s next Sundays at Two concert on Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 4, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY: Oregon Symphony Nominated for Grammy
Orchestra's first Grammy nomination for solo performance with orchestra by Principal Percussion Niel DePonte with James DePreist conducting.

November 2003

November 21, 2003

Symphony, 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Forge Mutually Beneficial Partnership
Portland, Ore. … All-event tickets to the Portland-hosted 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships will also be sold through the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office beginning Dec. 1, 2003, through a community partnership which provides a cash contribution to the Symphony for every ticket sold, according to Director of Marketing for Season Development Holly J. Kellar.

November 21, 2003

Symphony Announces New Board Members
Portland, Ore. … M. Lee Pelton, president of Willamette University, and the Reverend Michael W. Maslowsky of the Archdiocese of Portland are the newest members of the Oregon Symphony’s Board of Directors. Elected at the Symphony’s annual meeting, Pelton and Maslowsky join ex-officio members Paul Weddle, president of the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem and Dena Swanson, president of Friends of the Oregon Symphony, as additions to the board.

November 7, 2003

Bank of America Pops Yuletide Celebration Returns for Third Holiday Season of Family Entertainment
Portland, Ore. … Come celebrate the holiday season Broadway-style with music, theater and dance as the Oregon Symphony welcomes back Yuletide Celebration, a Bank of America Pops family concert featuring traditional symphonic holiday music paired with theatrical production numbers on Dec. 19 through 22 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

November 7, 2003

Multnomah County Library Teams Up with Oregon Symphony Musicians to Present Second Season of Musical Storytimes for Kids
Portland, Ore. … Story times with live musical accompaniment by Oregon Symphony musicians will begin at Multnomah County Library branches in November, as a result of an innovative ongoing partnership between the Library and the Symphony’s Education and Community Programs department.

November 7, 2003

Guest Conductor Robert King to Lead Symphony in Annual "Best of the Baroque" Concert Featuring Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti
Portland, Ore. … Music of Vivaldi tops the bill as guest conductor Robert King leads the Oregon Symphony in their annual “Best of the Baroque” concert with violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 2003

October 31, 2003

Kids Concert Featuring Variety of Young Talent in Holiday Concert
Portland, Ore. … The “jingling” of car keys will join a peel of hand bells when audience members are invited to play along with the Ring of Fire handbell choir at the Oregon Symphony’s “Holiday Magic” Kids concert on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 31, 2003

TV and Film Composer Bill Conti to Replace Art Garfunkel in Final Pops Concert of Season
Portland, Ore. … On the heels of launching his national reunion tour with Paul Simon, singer Art Garfunkel has cancelled his appearance on this season's Oregon Symphony's Pops series. Renowned Hollywood composer Bill Conti, whose film score credits include "The Right Stuff," "Broadcast News," "Baby Boom" and all four "Karate Kid" movies, will replace Garfunkel on the May 22-24 Bank of America Pops concerts.

October 31, 2003

Microsoft Donates Second Software Package to Symphony
Portland, Ore. … Microsoft’s Community Affairs Department has given the Oregon Symphony a second donation of operational software, which brings to $150,000 the value of Microsoft donations to the Symphony since January 2001.

October 31, 2003

Charles Floyd Conducts Fifth Annual "Gospel Christmas" Program Featuring The Brown Sisters
Portland, Ore. … Guest conductor Charles Floyd, the Northwest Community Gospel Chorus and the Oregon Symphony present "Gospel Christmas," three concerts that will bring audiences to their feet with expressive, soul-stirring Christmas music rendered in classic Gospel style on Dec. 12 and 13 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 24, 2003

Carlos Kalmar Conducts a "Made in America" Concert Featuring Dvorák's "New World Symphony" and Music of Gershwin with Pianist Christopher O'Riley
Portland, Ore. … Music Director Carlos Kalmar leads the Oregon Symphony in a concert of music written in and inspired by America, including Dvorák's "New World Symphony" and Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, featuring the Symphony debut of pianist Christopher O'Riley on Nov. 22, 23 and 24 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 17, 2003

"A Splash of Brass" Features Mix of Old and New in Second Chamber Music on Tap Concert
Portland, Ore. … Members of the Oregon Symphony’s brass section team up for an evening of well-known and newer works for brass quintet at Chamber Music on Tap, the Oregon Symphony’s popular chamber music series that presents four-star music in a beer and pizza setting, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m.

October 17, 2003

Carlos Kalmar Conducts Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and Music of Mozart with Violinist Karen Gomyo
Portland, Ore. … Grab your passport and join Music Director Carlos Kalmar for a musical journey through America and Europe as he leads the Oregon Symphony in Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 “Turkish,” featuring violinist Karen Gomyo and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish” on Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 10, 2003

Carlos Kalmar Conducts First Front Row Center Concert About the Making of Mozart
Portland, Ore. … The minds, music and mysteries of some of the world’s greatest composers will be explored in the newly renamed Front Row Center series, formerly Nerve Endings, as Music Director Carlos Kalmar leads the Oregon Symphony in a concert titled “The Making of Mozart,” on Nov. 7 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 3, 2003

Kinderkonzerts Children's Concert Series Kicks Off 2003-04 Season with "Once Upon a Tune," a Tour of the String Section
Portland, Ore. … Continuing the resounding success of last year’s expanded Kinderkonzerts series, the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Programs Department offers a new cycle of Kinderkonzerts for kids in kindergarten through second grade.

October 3, 2003

Bank of America Pops Series Offers Up Musical Shivers with an Evening of Music from Hitchcock Films
Portland, Ore. … Guest conductor Scott Yoo and the Oregon Symphony will have you perched on the edge of your seat for this hair-raising Bank of America Pops concert featuring excerpts of movies by “The Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock, and the memorable music composed for them on Nov. 1, 2 and 3 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 2003

September 26, 2003

Youth Concert Series Expands to Include High School Audience for "Music in Conflict"
Portland, Ore. … Sixth through 12th graders from the Portland metro area will learn about the historical relationship between musical expression and political pressures to limit that expression as Oregon Symphony Assistant Conductor Mei-Ann Chen presents “Music in Conflict,” on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 26, 2003

Kids Concert Series Launches 2003-04 Season with "Music-Telling" Ensemble Tales & Scales Interpretation of "The Arabian Nights"
Portland, Ore. … Tales & Scales teams up with the Oregon Symphony to open the 2003-04 Kids Concert series with their original adaptation of the classic fairy tale “The Arabian Nights” on Sunday, October 26 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 19, 2003

Duane McDougall Named Interim President; Former Head of Willamette Industries to Lead Symphony While Permanent President is Found
Portland, Ore. … Duane McDougall, the former President of Willamette Industries, has agreed to serve as the Oregon Symphony’s Interim President while a search is conducted to name a permanent successor to Tony Woodcock, said Jack Wilborn, the Symphony’s Immediate Past Board Chair and Chair of the President Search Committee.

September 19, 2003

James DePreist Conducts Concert Featuring Virtuoso Percussionist Evelyn Glennie
Portland, Ore. … Laureate Music Director James DePreist conducts the Oregon Symphony in a special concert featuring acclaimed percussionist Evelyn Glennie on Oct. 18, 19 and 20 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 19, 2003

Chamber Music on Tap Uncorks Its Seventh Season with the Return of Tango Pacifico
Portland, Ore. … Come dance the night away as Chamber Music on Tap, the Oregon Symphony’s popular chamber music series that presents four-star music in a beer and pizza setting, kicks off its seventh season with “Tango on Tap,” presented by Tango Pacifico on Wednesday, October 15 at 6 p.m.

September 12, 2003

James DePreist Makes First Appearance as Laureate Music Director with All-Tchaikovsky Program Featuring Guest Cellist Mark Kosower
Portland, Ore. … Laureate Music Director James DePreist leads the Oregon Symphony in an evening of music dedicated to Tchaikovsky and featuring cellist Mark Kosower on Oct. 11, 12 and 13 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on Oct. 14 at Salem’s Smith Auditorium. Media is support provided by The Oregonian.

August 2003

August 29, 2003

Norman Leyden Opens Bank of America Pops Series with Lerner & Lowe's "Camelot"
Portland, Ore. … Continuing a successful run of semi-staged Broadway musicals, the Oregon Symphony launches its 2003-04 Bank of America Pops season with a performance of "Camelot" conducted by Associate Conductor Norman Leyden on Sept. 27, 28 and 29 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional concert on Sept. 30 at Salem's Smith Auditorium.

August 22, 2003

Carlos Kalmar Leads Symphony in Musical Exploration of the Cosmos with Holst's "The Planets" and Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony
Portland, Ore. … Music Director Carlos Kalmar leads the Oregon Symphony and the women of Portland Symphonic Choir on a heavenly musical journey featuring Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony and Holst's "The Planets" on Sept. 20, 21 and 22 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional concert on Sept. 23 at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium in Salem.

August 15, 2003

Music Director Carlos Kalmar Opens Symphony Classical Season with Music of Berlioz and Stravinsky
Portland, Ore. … Carlos Kalmar launches his inaugural classical season as Music Director of the Oregon Symphony with a concert featuring audience favorites, including Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique" and Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite," on Sept. 13, 14 and 15 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

August 15, 2003

Ravi Shankar Returns to Portland with Daughter Anoushka Shankar
Portland, Ore. … Legendary performer, composer, teacher and writer Ravi Shankar returns to Portland with his daughter Anoushka Shankar for a special concert presented by the Oregon Symphony on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

August 14, 2003

Tony Woodcock Named Minnesota Orchestra President
Portland, Ore. … Tony Woodcock, President of the Oregon Symphony since 1998, has been appointed the next President of the Minnesota Orchestra, it was announced today. Woodcock will begin his new post on Monday, Oct. 6. The Minnesota Orchestra is widely acknowledged as one of the nation's top 10 orchestras.

August 6, 2003

Concert Telecast Memorializes Verdi's Towering Requiem Performed As World War II Concentration Camp Protest; DEFIANT REQUIEM Airs On PBS August 27th, 2003 8 p.m.
Recorded in High-Definition Television at its world premiere in Portland, Oregon in April 2002, the program tells the story of Schächter and these brave musicians through dramatic reenactments, archival film, interviews with camp survivors and Verdi's remarkable words and music. DEFIANT REQUIEM airs on PBS Wednesday, August 27th at 8:00 p.m. (check local listings) and is a production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Oregon Symphony in association with Brandenburg Productions.

July 2003

July 18, 2003

"Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods" Visits Portland's Irving Park for Free Concert, Afternoon Festival; Series Culminates at Tom McCall Waterfront Park with Kickoff of Carlos Kalmar's Inaugural Year as New Music Director
Portland, Ore. … A summer tradition born of community collaboration is marked by the inaugural concert of the Oregon Symphony's 10th Music Director — Carlos Kalmar!

 

 

 


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