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May 2006

May 12, 2006

Music educator Thomas "Allen" Barber receives annual music education appreciation award
Thomas "Allen" Barber, who has quadrupled student involvement in music ensembles at South Medford High School in three years as Director of Bands, will be awarded the Oregon Symphony's annual Patty Vemer Music Educator of the Year Award on Friday, May 26, during the Symphony's Side-by-Side Concert with the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

May 11, 2006

Musicians approve one-year contract; Board of Directors to vote on May 25
The musicians of the Oregon Symphony voted Tuesday to accept and ratify a one-year contract between the Symphony Association and Local 99 of the American Federation of Musicians, said Ken Shirk, secretary-treasurer of the local union. The Symphony's Board of Directors will vote on ratification of the contract, which calls for a 4 percent increase in orchestra compensation, at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 25.

May 5, 2006

Symphony ticket sales near record mark as season finale approaches
As of May 2, Oregon Symphony ticket sales are on pace to exceed $1 million for only the second time in history, said Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement Michael Kosmala.

April 2006

April 28, 2006

OPB Radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concert; Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in music inspired by jazz featuring Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"
Oregon Public Broadcasting will air an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring Music Director Carlos Kalmar leading the orchestra in Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with pianist Kirill Gerstein on Friday, June 2, from 9 to 11 p.m.

April 28, 2006

Friends of the Oregon Symphony host Dunthorpe Garden Tour and Tea
A tour of five gardens in the Dunthorpe neighborhood will be accompanied by music from Oregon Symphony musicians for a season-ending garden tour and tea hosted by Friends of the Oregon Symphony on Friday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 28, 2006

Symphony musicians to perform at Baker City's First Friday Art Walk
Musicians of the Oregon Symphony will present a series of "mini-concerts" at two art galleries, the Crossroads Arts Center and the Geiser Grand Hotel as part of Baker City's First Friday "Art Walk" and the Symphony's Community Music Partnership on Friday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Main Street in Baker City.

April 21, 2006

Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in Mahler's Symphony No. 7
Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 7 is featured in the final Oregon Symphony Classical concert of the 2005-06 season led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar on May 20, 21 and 22 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Media support is provided by The Oregonian.

April 14, 2006

Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in Mozart's "Requiem" and Pacific Northwest premiere of John Adams' "On the Transmigration of Souls"
The glory of Mozart's "Requiem" is paired with the Pacific Northwest premiere of John Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning musical memorial to the September 11 attacks, "On the Transmigration of Souls," in an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring the Portland Symphonic Choir and the Pacific Youth Choir led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar on May 13, 14 and 15 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

April 10, 2006

Ryberg to return to his opera roots; search for new Symphony president underway
William A. Ryberg, President of the Oregon Symphony since March of 2004, will leave the Symphony on June 30 to become the General Director of Florida's Palm Beach Opera. A search for his successor is underway.

April 7, 2006

Students, community members to join orchestra for Baker City concert to celebrate two-year partnership
Two Baker City High School choral ensembles and student instrumentalists along with three choirs from the greater Baker community will perform side-by-side with Oregon Symphony musicians in a special Symphony concert to celebrate a two-year Community Music Partnership (CMP) with Baker City on Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Baker High School gymnasium in Baker City.

April 7, 2006

Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda leads exploration of folk music in "Musical Artifacts," a young people's concert for elementary, middle, and high school students in Baker City
The roots of folk music are traced from its origins in oral tradition to its role as inspiration for many classical music compositions as the Oregon Symphony, led by Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda, explores "Musical Artifacts," a Youth Concert for kindergartners through twelfth graders, on Friday, May 5, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. in the Baker City High School gymnasium in Baker City as part of the Symphony's two-year Community Music Partnership (CMP).

March 2006

March 31, 2006

OPB Radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concert; Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in "All About Love," featuring Berg's Violin Concerto with Concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti
Oregon Public Broadcasting will air an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring Music Director Carlos Kalmar leading the orchestra in Berg's Violin Concerto with Concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti on Friday, May 5, from 9 to 11 p.m.

March 24, 2006

Symphony's Community Music Partnership calls for applications for 2006-08
Applications for the 2006-2008 Community Music Partnership (CMP) are currently being accepted by the Oregon Symphony. Communities located west of the Cascade Mountains witha population of 30,000 or less are eligible to apply to be the 2006-2008 partnership community. The deadline for all applications is Monday, May 15, 2006.

March 24, 2006

Kinderkonzerts series concludes with "Comedians Gallop," an interactive tour of the percussion section
Kinderkonzerts, the popular ensemble-based series which provide an interactive first Oregon Symphony experience for children in kindergarten through second grade, concludes its cycle of four concerts with "Comedian's Gallop," an exploration of the percussion section on April 24, 25 and 26 hosted at three Portland-area elementary schools.

March 24, 2006

Oregon native trumpeter Chris Botti to make first major Portland appearances on Oregon Symphony Pops Series
Acclaimed jazz trumpeter and Oregon native Chris Botti will bring his Grammy award-winning blend of contemporary jazz and soulful romantic ballads to the Oregon Symphony stage for his first major Portland appearances on April 22, 23 and 24 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on April 25 at Smith Auditorium in Salem. Charles Floyd will conduct the concerts as part of the Symphony's Pops series.

March 17, 2006

Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda leads exploration of folk music in "Musical Artifacts," a young adult concert for middle and high school students
The roots of folk music are traced from its origins in oral tradition to its role as inspiration for many classical music compositions as the Oregon Symphony, led by Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda, explores "Musical Artifacts," the second full-orchestra Youth Concert of the season for sixth through 12th graders on Thursday, April 13, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Tuesday, April 18, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium in Salem.

March 10, 2006

Principal Percussionist Niel DePonte performs Creston's Concertino for Marimba on final Sundays at Two concert
Music that explores the infinite mysteries of time and space is featured on an Oregon Symphony Sundays at Two concert led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar and featuring Principal Percussionist Niel DePonte performing Creston's Concertino for Marimba on April 9 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

March 10, 2006

Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in Mahler's "Rückert Lieder" featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore
Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore sings Mahler's "Rückert Lieder" in an Oregon Symphony Classical concert led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar that also features music of Schwantner and Haydn on April 8 and 9 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

March 3, 2006

OPB Radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concert; Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Freddy Kempf
Oregon Public Broadcasting will air an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring Music Director Carlos Kalmar leading the orchestra in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Freddy Kempf on Friday, April 7, from 9 to 11 p.m.

March 3, 2006

Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in Strauss' "Don Quixote" featuring Principal Cello Nancy Ives and Principal Viola Joël Belgique
Cervantes' classic tale of chivalric heroism is brought to life through Strauss' musical retelling of "Don Quixote" featuring Principal Cello Nancy Ives and Principal Viola Joël Belgique in an Oregon Symphony Classical concert led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar that also includes music of Britten and Henri Dutilleux on April 2 and 3 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

March 3, 2006

'Soirée' teams up with Oregon Historical Society for final event of 2005-06 season
Members of the Oregon Historical Society's Young Historians group will join with the Oregon Symphony for an evening of pre-and post-concert parties and classical music at the next event hosted by Soirée, the Oregon Symphony's group for young professionals, on Friday, March 31 at the Miller Pavilion in the Oregon Historical Society and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

March 3, 2006

RBC Dain Rauscher Front Row Center Series presents four musical retellings of "Romeo and Juliet" in final Front Row Center concert
Shakespeare's immortal tale of star-crossed love is explored through drama and music in an Oregon Symphony RBC Dain Rauscher Front Row Center concert led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar featuring music of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Bernstein and Berlioz on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

February 2006

February 24, 2006

Symphony continues collaborative residencies in Baker County as part of Community Music Partnership
Musicians of the Oregon Symphony's string and percussion sections continue their collaborative residencies in Baker County on March 15, 16 and 17 as part of the Symphony's two-year-long Community Music Partnership (CMP) with the Baker City 5-J School District, Baker Community Concert Association and Crossroads Art Center.

February 17, 2006

The Jerry Butler Orchestra, Shirley Alston Reeves and Willie Winfield and the Harptones to sing rock, soul and doo-wop hits
An all-star lineup featuring The Jerry Butler Orchestra, the original lead singer of the Shirelles, Shirley Alston Reeves, and doo-wop favorites Willie Winfield and the Harptones bring back the distinctive sounds of the '50s and '60s with some of their greatest hits in an Oregon Symphony Pops concert on March 18, 19 and 20 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on March 21 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

February 10, 2006

Kinderkonzerts series continues with "Brought to you by the letter B!," a hands-on tour of brass section
Kinderkonzerts, the popular ensemble-based series which provide an interactive first Oregon Symphony experience for children in kindergarten through second grade, continues on March 13, 14 and 15 hosted at three Portland-area elementary schools. The 30-minute concerts, several of which have already sold out at Peninsula Elementary, Lent Elementary and Witch Hazel Elementary, feature Symphony musicians who will introduce students to the different instruments in the brass family.

February 10, 2006

Pianist Yakov Kasman returns to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1
Pianist Yakov Kasman, who wowed audiences with his eleventh-hour bravura performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 last season returns to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Oregon Symphony led by Guest Conductor Stefan Solyom on March 11, 12 and 13 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on March 14 at Salem's Smith Auditorium.

February 10, 2006

Mercy Corps, Oregon Symphony, Lufthansa team up to send lucky couple to Europe's music capital, Vienna
Mercy Corps will raffle off two round-trip tickets to Europe as a benefit to support the agency's international humanitarian programs. Tickets will go on sale beginning at the Oregon Symphony's upcoming concert series "All About Love" on February 11, 2006. Lufthansa, an Oregon Symphony sponsor, has generously donated two round-trip tickets to Europe for the raffle, a $5,600 value.

February 10, 2006

2006-2007 Season announced
Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony announce the 111th season, which will feature: a gala opening with Garrick Ohlsson performing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto; superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman in a special concert conducting and performing; a tribute to Mozart with a special improvisation concert by pianist Robert Levin; a salute to the music of Johann (Jr.) and Josef Strauss; a Pops series opener with the Pointer Sisters and tributes to the Beatles, Motown and Nat King Cole; a special event with Garrison Keillor; and the introduction of a new concert series, Inside the Score.

February 10, 2006

Kalmar announces 2006-2007 Classical Series
Core orchestral works such as Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and Brahms Symphony No. 4 will be combined with essential repertoire new to Portland, including Debussy's "Jeux," and a special appearance by world-class soloist Itzhak Perlman to highlight the Oregon Symphony's 2006-2007 Classical season, announced Music Director Carlos Kalmar today. The season will kick off with a gala opening featuring Garrick Ohlsson performing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto on Sept. 16-18, 2006.

February 3, 2006

Young People's Concert features musical teamwork in "Bats, Bows and Stolen Basses!" for elementary school students
The concert hall is transformed into a stadium with the conductor as head coach as the Oregon Symphony, led by Guest Conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe, explores the unique team efforts of the orchestra in "Bats, Bows and Stolen Basses," the first full-orchestra Youth Concert of the season for third through fifth graders on Friday, March 3, and Monday, March 6, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Tuesday, March 7, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium in Salem.

February 3, 2006

Final Kids Concert celebrates young talent as 100 kids perform with orchestra
In a showcase of young talent, more than 100 young musicians and singers from around the Portland area will be featured in "Creative Kids," an Oregon Symphony Kids Concert to be led by Guest Conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe and featuring the world premiere of a work by 15-year-old Joshua Humlie on Sunday, March 5 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

February 3, 2006

OPB Radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concert; Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C major, "The Great," along with U.S. premiere of shortest symphony ever written
Oregon Public Broadcasting will air an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring Music Director Carlos Kalmar leading the orchestra in Schubert's Symphony No. 9, "The Great," on Friday, March 3, from 9 to 11 p.m. This broadcast is the third of nine OPB broadcasts of classical Oregon Symphony concerts from the 2005-06 season, which will air on OPB Radio the first Friday of each month through September 2006.

February 3, 2006

Symphony continues collaborative residencies in Baker County as part of Community Music Partnership
Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda and musicians of the Oregon Symphony's brass and woodwind sections will continue collaborative residencies in Baker County on Feb. 7, 8, 21 and 22 as part of the Symphony's two-year-long Community Music Partnership (CMP) with the Baker City 5-J School District, Baker Community Concert Association and Crossroads Art Center. Over 60 residency activities will take place throughout the Baker School District over the course of the four days.

January 2006

January 27, 2006

Multnomah County Library and Oregon Symphony conclude musical story times for kids at Belmont Library
Musical story times with Oregon Symphony musicians will conclude at the Belmont branch of the Multnomah County Library on Wednesday afternoons in March, as a result of an ongoing innovative partnership between the Library and the Symphony's department of Education and Community Engagement. A musician from each of the Symphony's four instrument families will perform live to music-related stories read by Youth Services Librarian Jane Corry.

January 27, 2006

Mambo Kings cook up Latin jazz on Pops concert
The explosive sound of the Mambo Kings, who combine Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz improvisation, comes to Portland for an Oregon Symphony Pops concert led by Guest Conductor Jeff Tyzik on Feb. 25, 26 and 27 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Feb. 24 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

January 20, 2006

Jazz-influenced classical music featured as pianist Kirill Gerstein performs Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"
Music inspired by jazz is the centerpiece of an Oregon Symphony Classical concert led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein performing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" on Feb. 18 and 19 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on Feb. 17 at Salem's Smith Auditorium.

January 13, 2006

Concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti performs Berg's Violin Concerto in "All About Love," an evening of music inspired by legendary love stories
Legendary love stories that inspired some of the most romantic music in the classical repertoire are featured in "All About Love," an Oregon Symphony Classical concert led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar featuring concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti making her Symphony solo concerto debut with Berg's Violin Concerto on Feb. 11, 12 and 13 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on Feb. 10 at Salem's Smith Auditorium.

January 13, 2006

Guest Conductor Eri Klas takes Symphony on musical tour of Scandinavia featuring Grieg's Piano Concerto with pianist Benedetto Lupo
Music of Scandinavia and Russia is the highlight when Guest Conductor Eri Klas and pianist Benedetto Lupo make belated debuts with the Oregon Symphony in Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor on Feb. 5 and 6 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Also featured will be Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 and Sibelius' "Valse triste."

January 13, 2006

Guest Conductor Eri Klas returns to Sunday at Two series with music of Shostakovich and Sibelius featuring Symphony violinist Gregory Ewer
Guest Conductor Eri Klas makes a long-awaited debut with the Oregon Symphony on a Sundays at Two concert that features music of Shostakovich and Symphony violinist Gregory Ewer performing music of Sibelius on Feb. 5 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Klas was scheduled to appear on a Sundays at Two concert two years ago that was cancelled due to inclement weather.

January 6, 2006

Oregon Symphony docent program recruits community volunteers
Volunteers from around the community with a love for music and children will be trained by the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Engagement staff on Saturday, Feb. 4, to assist in preparing elementary, middle and high school students for upcoming Symphony Youth Concerts. The free docent workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

January 6, 2006

OPB Radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concert; Guest Conductor Yakov Kreizberg leads Symphony in Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra
Oregon Public Broadcasting will air an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring Guest Conductor Yakov Kreizberg leading the orchestra in music of Beethoven and Bartók on Friday, Feb. 3 from 9 to 11 p.m.

December 2005

December 22, 2005

Multnomah County Library and Oregon Symphony continue musical story times for kids
Musical story times with Oregon Symphony musicians will continue at the Northwest branch of the Multnomah County Library on Saturday afternoons in February 2006, as a result of an ongoing innovative partnership between the Library and the Symphony's department of Education and Community Engagement.

December 22, 2005

Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda to make Pops Series debut with "Shall We Dance," a tribute to Astaire and Roberts featuring vocalist Doug LaBrecque
Music from the films of legendary song and dance duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, including "Top Hat" and "Fascinatin' Rhythm," is featured in Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda's Oregon Symphony Pops concert debut with guest vocalist Doug LaBrecque on Jan. 28, 29 and 30 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 22, 2005

Kinderkonzerts continues with "Song Soup," a hands-on tour of the woodwind section
Kinderkonzerts, the popular ensemble-based series which provide an interactive first Oregon Symphony experience for children in kindergarten through second grade, continues on Jan. 23, 24 and 25 at three Portland-area elementary schools. The 30-minute concerts, several of which have already sold out at Peninsula Elementary, Lent Elementary and Witch Hazel Elementary, feature Symphony musicians Karen Wagner, Martha Herby, Leon Chodos, Todd Kuhns and Mary Grant, who will introduce students to the different instruments in the woodwind family.

December 22, 2005

Guest Conductor Michael Stern leads orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" and music of Ravel with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung
Two unforgettable female characters from literature, Scheherazade and Medea, are brought to life in music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Barber in an Oregon Symphony Classical series concert led by Guest Conductor Michael Stern with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung on Jan. 22 and 23 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Jan. 24 in Salem's Smith Auditorium.

December 22, 2005

Actor Tobias Andersen to present "1001 Tales of the Arabian Nights" at next 'Soirée' event
Actor Tobias Andersen relays the tale of the legendary Scheherazade and the 1001 Arabian nights during an evening of middle-Eastern-themed pre-and post-concert parties and classical music at the next event hosted by Soirée, the Oregon Symphony's group for young professionals, on Monday, Jan. 23 at the Heathman Hotel and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 22, 2005

RBC Dain Rauscher Front Row Center Series presents "Women of Substance;" Guest Conductor Michael Stern and Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung bring unforgettable literary characters to life
Scheherazade and Carmen are two of the memorable women from literature whose characters are explored in the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Bizet and others in an Oregon Symphony RBC Dain Rauscher Front Row Center concert led by Guest Conductor Michael Stern and featuring mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung on Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 19, 2005

Symphony begins collaborative residencies and presents second chamber music conert in Baker County as part of Community Music Partnership
Musicians of the Oregon Symphony's string, brass and percussion sections will launch two days of collaborative residencies and present a second chamber music concert on Jan. 17 and 18 in Baker County, as part of the Symphony's two-year-long Community Music Partnership (CMP) with the Baker City 5-J School District, Baker Community Concert Association and Crossroads Art Center.

December 16, 2005

Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda makes Sunday at Two debut with Beethoven's Violin Concerto featuring violinist Kyoko Takezawa
Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda, who made his first guest appearance with the Oregon Symphony on a Sundays at Two concert during the 2003-04 season, returns to that series in a concert that features the first movement of Beethoven's Violin Concerto and the Symphony premiere of Kodály's "Peacock Variations" on Jan. 15 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 16, 2005

Resident Conductor Gregory Vadja debuts on Classical Series with Beethoven's Violin Concerto featuring violinist Kyoko Takezawa
Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda makes his first appearance on the Oregon Symphony's Classical series with Beethoven's Violin Concerto featuring violinist Kyoko Takezawa on Jan. 14 and 15 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 16, 2005

OPB Radio to broadcast Oregon Symphony concerts beginning in January 2006
Oregon Public Broadcasting will air the opening concert of the Oregon Symphony's 2005-06 Classical season with Music Director Carlos Kalmar leading the orchestra in Brahms' Symphony No. 1 on Friday, Jan. 6, from 9 to 11 p.m. This broadcast marks the second year of OPB broadcasts of classical Oregon Symphony concerts, which will air on OPB Radio the first Friday of each month through September 2006.

December 2, 2005

Multnomah County Library and Oregon Symphony continue musical story times for kids
Musical story times with Oregon Symphony musicians will continue at the Woodstock branch of the Multnomah County Library on Saturday afternoons in January 2006, as a result of an ongoing innovative partnership between the Library and the Symphony's department of Education and Community Engagement.

December 2, 2005

Tales & Scales joins Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda for Kids Concert, "Just Beyond the Junkyard"
A child's imagination transforms everyday objects into musical instruments in Tales & Scales' world premiere of "Just Beyond the Junkyard" for an Oregon Symphony Kids Concert led by Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

November 2005

November 21, 2005

Chamber concert to kick off monthly visits to Baker City as part of two-year Community Music Partnership
Musicians from the Oregon Symphony will pay their first of several monthly visits to Baker City, Ore, for a Dec. 6 Brass Quintet chamber concert to kick off a two-year Community Music Partnership (CMP) between the Symphony and the Baker City School District. Presented by the Baker Community Concert Association, the Brass Quintet performance will take place at 7 p.m. at the Nazarene Church at 1250 Hughes Lane in Baker City.

November 18, 2005

Yuletide Celebration returns with spectacular new production of holiday family entertainment featuring Margie Boulé
An all-new Yuletide Celebration, now a Portland holiday tradition for the entire family, will be presented by the Oregon Symphony Dec. 17 through 19 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Dec. 16 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

November 11, 2005

Charles Floyd conducts "Gospel Christmas" featuring vocalist Micah Stampley performing music from his latest CD
"Gospel Christmas," holiday concerts of uplifting Christmas music performed in gospel style, returns with celebrated conductor and composer/arranger Charles Floyd leading the Oregon Symphony, the Northwest Community Gospel Chorus and a special appearance by rising Gospel artist Micah Stampley on Dec. 9, 10 and 11 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

November 4, 2005

Oregon Symphony announces holiday gift cards; patrons may purchase tickets for holiday and other concerts during 2005-06 season
A special Holiday Gift Card offered by the Oregon Symphony makes live symphonic music available as holiday gifts for family and friends. Patrons may use these Gift Cards to purchase any of the Symphony's three holiday concerts, which offer listeners a wide range of musical styles including Gospel, Pops and classical. In addition, each Gift Card may be also redeemed for two tickets to any of this season's Classical or Pops concerts or four tickets for a Front Row Center, Sundays at Two or Kids concert.

November 4, 2005

Finnish specialist Hannu Lintu leads orchestra in Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with Violinist Vadim Gluzman
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor and Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 are the highlights of a Classical concert as Guest Conductor Hannu Lintu leads the Oregon Symphony with violinist Vadim Gluzman on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. "We're taking advantage of Mr. Lintu's Finnish heritage by having him conduct music of Sibelius, the national composer of Finland," says Artistic Administrator Charles Calmer.

November 4, 2005

Oregon Symphony Pops Series presents "Fabulous Film Music" with guest conductor Jeff Tyzik
Music of blockbuster movies from "King Kong" to "Harry Potter" is featured in an Oregon Symphony Pops concert led by Guest Conductor Jeff Tyzik on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26, 27 and 28 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 2005

October 21, 2005

Carlos Kalmar and Symphony to present Grieg's "Peer Gynt" with dramatic narration
Portland, Ore. … A young street musician sneaks into the concert hall and is given the opportunity to "become" Mozart as Magic Circle Mime Company joins Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda and the Oregon Symphony to present "The Mozart Experience," the first Kids Concert of the 2005-06 season on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 21, 2005

2005-06 RBC Dain Rauscher Front Row Center Series opens with "Fairy Tales Revisited;" Carlos Kalmar explores connections between fairy tales and the music of Ravel, Stravinsky
Portland, Ore. … The musical, dramatic and visual elements of Mother Goose stories and other folk tales are explored in the opening RBC Dain Rauscher Front Row Center concert presented by Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony featuring excerpts from Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite" on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 14, 2005

Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda makes Kids Concert debut with Magic Circle Mime's "The Mozart Experience"
Portland, Ore. … A young street musician sneaks into the concert hall and is given the opportunity to "become" Mozart as Magic Circle Mime Company joins Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda and the Oregon Symphony to present "The Mozart Experience," the first Kids Concert of the 2005-06 season on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 14, 2005

Barnes & Noble teams up with Symphony to present Musical Bookfair
Portland, Ore. … Barnes & Noble Booksellers and the Oregon Symphony present a "Musical Bookfair" featuring live performances and children's activities on Nov. 12 at the Barnes & Noble store at Jantzen Beach. A percentage of Barnes & Noble's sales made during the Bookfair will go to the Oregon Symphony.

October 14, 2005

Multnomah County Library and Oregon Symphony musicians launch fourth season of Musical storytimes for kids
Portland, Ore. … Musical story times with Oregon Symphony musicians will begin at Multnomah County Library branches Wednesday evenings in November, as a result of an ongoing innovative partnership between the Library and the Symphony’s department of Education and Community Engagement. Beginning with weekly events at the Gregory Heights Library, Symphony musicians will perform live to music-related stories read by Youth Services Librarian Amy Clark.

October 7, 2005

Kinderkonzerts series kicks off 2005-06 season with "Opposites," a hands-on tour of string section
Portland, Ore. … Kinderkonzerts, the popular ensemble-based series which provide an interactive first Oregon Symphony experience for children in kindergarten through second grade, begins its annual cycle of four concerts on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at three Portland-area elementary schools.

October 7, 2005

Symphony announces debut of Sunday Encore series
Portland, Ore. … Sunday Encore, a new series featuring Sunday matinee performances of Oregon Symphony Classical evening concerts, launches the first of four full-length concerts on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. when Music Director Carlos Kalmar leads the Symphony in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Freddy Kempf at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 7, 2005

Carlos Kalmar leads orchestra in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Freddy Kempf
Portland, Ore. … Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 is the centerpiece of a classical concert featuring pianist Freddy Kempf, who joins Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony on Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Nov. 4 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

September 2005

September 30, 2005

Laureate Music Director James DePreist returns to lead Symphony in Chopin's Piano Concert No. 1 with pianist Horacio Gutiérrez; concert also features world premiere of John Peel's "Sinfonia Romanza"
Portland, Ore. … Laureate Music Director James DePreist returns to Oregon to lead the Oregon Symphony in Chopin's romantic and technically demanding Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Horacio Gutiérrez in a classical program that also includes the world premiere of Oregon composer John Peel's "Sinfonia romanza" and Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" on Oct. 22, 23 and 24 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Oct. 25 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

September 23, 2005

Carlos renews! Kalmar's contract extended through 2008-2009 season
Portland, Ore. … Music Director Carlos Kalmar will remain at the artistic helm of the Oregon Symphony at least through the 2008-2009 season, Symphony President William Ryberg announced today. Kalmar, who has been credited with unleashing the artistic potential of the orchestra to significant critical and community acclaim, is entering his third season as Music Director and was originally contracted through the 2006-2007 season.

September 23, 2005

Ten new business and community leaders elected to Symphony board of trustees
Portland, Ore. … Ten community and business leaders whose collective professional backgrounds encompass an extensive range of knowledge and expertise were elected to the Oregon Symphony Association Board of Directors at today's annual meeting, announced Symphony President William A. Ryberg.

September 23, 2005

Symphony recruits community volunteers as musical ambassadors to area schools
Portland, Ore. … Volunteers from around the community with a love for music and children will be trained by the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Engagement staff on Saturday, Oct. 1 as music ambassadors for both the Symphony's education programs and for general music education advocacy in the schools. The free volunteer training session will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 23, 2005

Symphony to present Schubert's "The Great" and U.S. premiere of world's shortest symphony; Principal Second Violin Chien Tan performs Vivaldi on treble violin
Portland, Ore. … Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C major, "The Great," is paired with the U.S. premiere of the shortest four-movement symphony ever written as Music Director Carlos Kalmar makes his Sundays at Two series debut with the Oregon Symphony in a concert that also features Principal Second Violin Chien Tan performing Vivaldi's "Goldfinch" concerto on treble violin on Oct. 16 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 23, 2005

Symphony to present Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C Major, "The Great," along with U.S. premiere of shortest symphony ever written
Portland, Ore. … Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C major, "The Great," the U.S. premiere of the shortest four-movement symphony ever written and the Symphony premiere of Stravinsky's "Symphony in Three Movements" are featured in an Oregon Symphony classical concert led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar on Oct. 15 and 17 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 9, 2005

OPB radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concert; Carlos Kalmar conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 5
Portland, Ore. … Oregon Public Broadcasting presents Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and Wagner's Prelude to Act I of "Lohengrin" in an Oregon Symphony Classical concert with Music Director Carlos Kalmar on Friday, Oct. 7 from 9-11 p.m. This broadcast is the last in a series of classical Oregon Symphony concerts which aired on OPB Radio the first Friday of each month beginning in January, 2005.

September 9, 2005

'Soirée' opens second season with 1970's pop chanteuse Roberta Flack
Portland, Ore. … An evening of 1970s-flavored pre- and post-concert parties and a Pops concert by legendary performer Roberta Flack are the focus of the 2005-06 season-opening event for Soirée, the Oregon Symphony's group for young professionals, on Saturday, Oct. 8 in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 9, 2005

Oregon Symphony Pops Series opens with legendary pop star Roberta Flack
Portland, Ore. … Grammy award-winning soul diva Roberta Flack will open the Oregon Symphony's 2005-06 Pops season on Oct. 8, 9 and 10 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Oct. 11 at Salem's Elsinore Theater.

September 2, 2005

Guest conductor Yakov Kreizberg leads Symphony in Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra
Portland, Ore. … Guest conductor Yakov Kreizberg returns for a third consecutive year to lead the Oregon Symphony in two monumental orchestral works, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Bartók's "Concerto for Orchestra" on Oct. 1, 2 and 3 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

August 2005

August 26, 2005

Carlos Kalmar and Symphony launch Classical season with Brahms' Symphony No. 1
Portland, Ore. … The powerful music of Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor will showcase the musicians of the Oregon Symphony in the opening classical concert of the 2005-06 season, led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar on Sept. 24, 25 and 26 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. There will be an additional performance on Sept. 27 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

August 12, 2005

Symphony announces Baker City site for 2005-07 Community Music Partnership
Portland, Ore. … Musicians and educators from the Oregon Symphony will team up with the citizens of Baker City throughout the 2005-2006 season for the first year of a Community Music Partnership (CMP) with the city and the Baker City School District. The two-year partnership program, which recently received the American Symphony Orchestra League's Excellence in Community Engagement Award, is the largest and most significant community engagement program offered by the Symphony.

August 12, 2005

Comedian Martin Short to perform with Symphony
Portland, Ore. … Actor and comedian Martin Short combines his unique brand of comedy with hidden musical talents when he teams up with the Oregon Symphony for a special concert on Sept. 10 in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

August 5, 2005

Symphony presents music for "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy in special performance
Portland, Ore. … The music from "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy, which won three Oscars and four Grammies for composer Howard Shore, will be presented by the Oregon Symphony and Guest Conductor Alastair Willis on Sept. 17 and 18 in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, accompanied by projections of behind-the-scenes imagery that guided cinematographers in creating the films.

August 5, 2005

OPB radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concert; Carlos Kalmar conducts Barber, Debussy and a world premiere performance of Kevin Walczyk's "Corps of Discovery"
Portland, Ore. … Oregon Public Broadcasting presents Debussy's "La Mer," Barber's Piano Concerto with pianist Peter Donohoe and the world premiere of the second half of Oregon composer Kevin Walczyk's "Corps of Discovery," a Lewis and Clark bicentennial musical celebration in an Oregon Symphony Classical concert with Music Director Carlos Kalmar on Friday, Sept. 5, from 9-11 p.m.

July 2005

July 29, 2005

Free parks concerts herald new Symphony season: orchestra to visit Portland's Woodlawn Park before presenting traditional community concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar
Portland, Ore. … The annual tradition of free community concerts heralding the upcoming Oregon Symphony season continues as the orchestra takes up residence in northeast Portland’s Woodlawn Park on Saturday, Aug. 27, and performs in Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Thursday, Sept. 1.

June 2005

June 17, 2005

Symphony receives national award for excellence in community engagement
Portland, Ore. … The American Symphony Orchestra League presented its 2005 MetLife Award for Excellence in Community Engagement to the Oregon Symphony on Friday, June 17, during the league's national conference in Washington, D.C.

June 17, 2005

Symphony announces "Creative Kids" composition contest
Portland, Ore. … Young composers are invited to submit their work for the "Creative Kids" composition contest sponsored by the Oregon Symphony, which will perform the winning composition on "Creative Kids," the final Kids Concert of the 2005-06 season, on Sunday, March 5, 2006. The contest will be adjudicated by Laureate Associate Conductor Norman Leyden and newly-appointed Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda. All submissions must be postmarked by December 2, 2005.

June 17, 2005

KBPS Radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concerts
Portland, Ore. … All Classical 89.9 FM listeners will hear select concerts from the Oregon Symphony's 2004-2005 season in a 10-part weekly series of radio broadcasts on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m., beginning on July 24 with Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," and Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" conducted by Music Director Carlos Kalmar.

June 17, 2005

Symphony announces summer concerts: "Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods" visits Portland's Woodlawn Park for free concert, afternoon festival; followed by annual Tom McCall Waterfront Park concert featuring preview of highlights from upcoming season
Portland, Ore. … Northeast Portland's Woodlawn Park will host the opening event in this summer's Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods series on Saturday, Aug. 27, a concert that welcome new Symphony Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda. The series concludes Thursday, Sept. 1, when Music Director Carlos Kalmar and Vajda lead the orchestra for an annual free public concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

June 6, 2005

Friends of the Oregon Symphony host "Parties of Note," 10 summer fundraisers to benefit Symphony
Portland, Ore. … Garden parties, picnics, wine and whiskey tastings, a cruise down the Willamette and a salute to "The Greatest Generation" are among the many options to choose from in "Parties of Note," 10 fundraisers hosted by Friends of the Oregon Symphony throughout the summer. These events, which begin on July 9 and run through Sept. 15, mark the return of "Parties of Note" to the Symphony's summer calendar.

 

 

 


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