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June 2008

June 11, 2008

One Night Only: Wynton Marsalis Returns To The Schnitz With His Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra
The renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under the direction of music director and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, travels from its usual New York City confines on July 2 for a rare Portland concert presented by the Oregon Symphony.

June 9, 2008

Oregon Symphony Posts Big Increases At The Box Office.
2007-08 Season Comes To A Close With Significant Jumps In Concert Attendance And Ticket Revenue

The Oregon Symphony wrapped up its 2007-08 concert season on Saturday by posting its best box-office results in years, including double-digit increases in ticket sales revenue and average concert attendance.

June 4, 2008

Oregon Symphony Ventures Out Of The Concert Hall For Two Portland Park Performances In August
Southeast Portland's Mt. Scott Park and the downtown Tom McCall Waterfront Park will play host to the Oregon Symphony in August when the orchestra leaves its usual concert-hall home to kick off its 2008-09 season with a pair of outdoor performances.

June 4, 2008

Four Musicians To Join Oregon Symphony's Ranks For 2008-09 Season
Four new musicians - two horn players, a flutist and a clarinetist - will join the Oregon Symphony for the start of the 2008-09 concert season, the orchestra has announced.

may 2008

May 18, 2008

One Night Only: Oregon Symphony Welcomes Lily Tomlin .
(And That's The Truth!)

The wildly inventive comic Lily Tomlin makes a rare Portland appearance June 7 in “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin,” her special one-woman show – if any show can accurately be termed “one woman” when it features as many memorable characters as Tomlin’s does.

April 2008

April 28, 2008

A thrilling Carmina burana brings down the curtain on Oregon Symphony's 2007-08 season
The biggest crowds of the year are expected May 17-19 as the Oregon Symphony brings its concert season to a clamorous close by performing one of the past century's most thrilling - and most popular - musical compositions, Carmina burana.

April 21, 2008

Oregon Symphony heads to Northeastern Corner of Oregon for Series of Concerts in La Grande
The first year of the Oregon Symphony's two-year-long musical collaboration with the small eastern Oregon towns of La Grande and Cove will come to a memorable finale the weekend of May 9 and 10 as the entire orchestra heads east for a series of concerts.

April 21, 2008

Grant High School choral director Doree Jarboe wins 'Music Educator of the Year' Award
Doree S. Jarboe, a music teacher for more than four decades and choral director at Portland’s Grant High School for nearly 21 years, is the 2008 recipient of the Oregon Symphony’s Patty Vemer Music Educator of the Year Award, the orchestra announced today.

April 11, 2008

Ticket Availability is Extremely Limited for Symphony's Final 'Inside The Score' Concert
Ludwig van Beethoven’s heroic Symphony No. 7 – a masterpiece the composer himself called “one of my best works” – gets a close-up look as the Oregon Symphony’s innovative and popular “Inside the Score” series reaches its season finale.

April 10, 2008

Play On: Music Director Carlos Kalmar's contract extended through 2012-13 season
Music Director Carlos Kalmar’s tenure as artistic leader of the Oregon Symphony will continue until at least the 2012-13 season as Kalmar and the orchestra have agreed to a four-year extension of his contract.

April 7, 2008

Oregon Symphony reaches for the heavens with a rare performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony
In what will surely be remembered as one of the high points of the 2007-08 concert season, Music Director Carlos Kalmar will lead the Oregon Symphony Apr. 26-28 in a rare performance of one of music's most challenging masterworks, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9.

march 2008

March 28, 2008

Norman Leyden takes Oregon Symphony Pops Listeners on A Sentimental Journey
All of the greats from the pantheon of 20th century popular music – Rodgers & Hammerstein to Irving Berlin, Cole Porter to Duke Ellington – will be putting in appearances as Portland’s own musical immortal, Norman Leyden, takes the podium Apr. 19-21 to lead the Oregon Symphony Pops audience on a sentimental journey down memory lane.

March 13, 2008

Clarinetist Sharon Kam performs a singular Mozart masterpiece
Israeli clarinet virtuoso Sharon Kam makes her Oregon Symphony debut Apr. 12-14 in a performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, the composer’s last instrumental work and a masterpiece critics have called “the foremost clarinet concerto in the world.”

March 13, 2008

Jugglers and gymnasts and singers, oh my: It's circus day at the Oregon Symphony
There may not be an actual big top inside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on for the final Oregon Symphony Kids Concert of the season, but the young audience is in for a thrill a minute nonetheless because, as the concert title says, “It’s Circus Day.”

March 7, 2008

“Classical Elegance” concert features a flurry of Oregon Symphony firsts
The concert may carry the title “Classical Elegance,” but there’ll be nothing stale or stuffy to be heard when the Oregon Symphony performs Mar. 29-31 in a program filled with exciting firsts for the orchestra.

February 2008

February 22, 2008

‘Women in Blues’ concert brings together a trio of music’s most memorable voices
Three powerhouse performers of blues and soul will come together Mar. 15-17 for “Women in Blues,” a tour de force showcase presented by the Oregon Symphony that will feature some of the most unforgettable female voices in American popular music.

February 15, 2008

Two rising stars from Finland come together for an unforgettable Oregon Symphony debut
Two hot young musicians from Finland, one of classical music’s best-loved major masterpieces and a composition not heard at an Oregon Symphony performance in 75 years all come together Mar. 8-10 in a Classical series concert that is sure to be an audience favorite.

February 8, 2008

‘Inside the Score’ concert takes a close-up look at Shostakovich masterpiece
One of music’s most puzzling masterworks – the Symphony No. 5 of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich – gets a close-up look at the third concert of the season in the Oregon Symphony’s innovative and popular “Inside the Score” series.

February 1, 2008

Eclectic with a capital E: Oregon Symphony shares the stage with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck – widely regarded as the world’s best on that instrument – and his band, the Flecktones, bring their groundbreaking blend of jazz, bluegrass and fusion to Portland Feb. 23-25 in a unforgettable Portland Jazz Festival collaboration with the Oregon Symphony.

January 2008

January 31, 2008

One week only: Symphony tickets at big discounts
For one week only, Feb.1-8, music lovers will have an opportunity to buy tickets for Oregon Symphony performances at bargain prices as the orchestra brings back last year’s successful “Join the Audience” sale for an encore.

January 30, 2008

Oregon Symphony exceeds $5 million in ticket sales
The Oregon Symphony today passed a significant milestone – the $5 million mark in ticket sales for the current concert season – amid continued signs that the orchestra is doing significantly better at the box office than it has in recent years.

January 25, 2008

Barber to Bizet, Copland to Liszt: Oregon Symphony presents a smorgasbord of sound
The Oregon Symphony serves up a little something for everyone Feb. 16-18 when Music Director Carlos Kalmar takes the podium to lead the orchestra in a classical series program of short works – some popular favorites, some little-known discoveries – spanning the 19th and 20th centuries.

January 18, 2008

What exactly is a ‘Classical Symphony’? The answer is Inside the Score
The Oregon Symphony’s immensely popular Inside the Score concert series resumes Feb. 10 with a unique in-depth exploration of an intriguing question: Just what makes a Classical symphony classical?

January 18, 2008

One night only: the incomparable Eartha Kitt performs with the Oregon Symphony
The seductive Eartha Kitt – a showbiz icon whose career has spanned more than six decades of stardom in film, theater, cabaret, television and the recording studio – makes a rare Portland appearance on Saturday, Feb. 9, in a special pre-Valentine’s concert with the Oregon Symphony.

January 11, 2008

Oregon Symphony begins February with something old, something new
The hottest of contemporary American composers – John Adams – shares the spotlight with the greatest of them all — Ludwig van Beethoven — in the next Classical series concert of the Oregon Symphony Feb. 2-4.

January 7, 2008

Jessika Allen appointed Vice President, Business Development
Oregon Symphony Association President Elaine Calder today announced the promotion of Jessika Allen, the orchestra’s Director of Corporate Development, to the newly created position of Vice President, Business Development.

January 4, 2008

Swing era returns to the Schnitz at Pops concert
America’s single greatest contribution to the world of music – jazz – takes the spotlight as the Oregon Symphony focuses on the Great American Songbook in its next Pops concert, “Legends of Swing.”

December 2007

December 21, 2007

Midsummer night’s dream will warm up a winter’s night
A magical world of fairies and fantasy will come alive—at least in the imagination—when the Oregon Symphony presents Felix Mendelssohn’s light-hearted Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream to help take the chill out of a January Portland night.

December 21, 2007

Rising star pianist Ingrid Fliter performs Chopin
Fiery Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter, winner of the prestigious 2006 Gilmore Artist Award and a musician on a fast track to the top ranks of classical soloists, will make her Oregon Symphony debut as featured performer in the orchestra’s first classical concerts of 2008.

December 18, 2007

Symphony enjoys a busy fall season at the box office
The Oregon Symphony closed out the first half of its 2007-08 concert season this week amid signs its audience likes what it hears—and is responding by buying more concert tickets.

December 14, 2007

Kids Concert heads out on a musical voyage
An imaginary journey to Europe and back—with stops in France, Russia, Romania and elsewhere—awaits audience members during “Songs of Travel,” the Oregon Symphony’s second Kids Concert of the 2007-08 season.

December 11, 2007

Carl Herko appointed Vice President, Media & Public Relations
Oregon Symphony Association President Elaine Calder today announced the appointment of Carl Herko to the newly created position of Vice President, Media & Public Relations.

December 3, 2007

Oregon Symphony transforms stage for “Yuletide Spectacular”
Yuletide Spectacular, now a Portland holiday tradition for the entire family, will be presented by the Oregon Symphony on Saturday, December 15 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m. and Monday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

November 2007

November 26, 2007

Oregon Symphony continues Gospel Christmas tradition
The Oregon Symphony’s performance of Gospel Christmas will return for its ninth year of expressive, soul-stirring Christmas music in gospel style on December 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

November 19, 2007

Salute to Italy featuring The Four Seasons on next Oregon Symphony classical program
A salute to Italy through music and literature is the foundation for the next Oregon Symphony classical concert. Performances are Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, December 3 at 8 p.m.

November 7, 2007

MarchFourth Marching Band brings vaudeville to Symphony stage
A night of brass band and vaudevillian antics are front and center at the next Oregon Symphony Pops Concert, “High Wire High Jinks.” Performances are scheduled for Saturday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, November 25 at 3 p.m. and Monday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

November 5, 2007

Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum offers master classes to young musicians
Musicians and music lovers of all ages will enjoy a rare opportunity to hear a phenomenal artist pass on some of his expertise to up-and-coming talent as international concert cellist Ralph Kirshbaum leads a public master class featuring three top young cellists from the Portland area on Saturday, November 17 from 2-4 p.m. at the Community Music Center, located at 3350 SE Francis Street, one block south of Powell Blvd.

November 2, 2007

Oregon Symphony features Haydn and Beethoven on upcoming classical program
Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum joins guest conductor Hannu Lintu for an upcoming Oregon Symphony classical program featuring Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major. Performances are Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, November 19 at 8 p.m.

October 2007

October 29, 2007

Oregon Symphony kicks off season’s first Kids Concert
Join Detective Crescendo as she investigates the Case of Mysterious Musical Sounds at the first Oregon Symphony Kids Concert of the 07-08 season. The concert is Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. The concert is generously sponsored by Portland Tribune and Portland Family Magazine.

October 22, 2007

Legendary R&B singer Smokey Robinson to perform with Oregon Symphony
Bob Dylan called him “America’s greatest living poet.” He is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and his songs are recognized by young and old alike. The legendary Smokey Robinson will perform with the Oregon Symphony for a one-night-only performance on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 15, 2007

Symphony debuts second season of Inside the Score series
After a successful inaugural season, the Oregon Symphony’s Inside the Score series will once again take audience members behind-the-scenes of a classical masterpiece through dialogue and musical examples from the orchestra. The series opens on Sunday, October 21 at 2 p.m. featuring Dvořák’s much beloved New World Symphony conducted by Music Director Carlos Kalmar.

October 9, 2007

Laureate Music Director James DePreist takes the stage with violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Portland favorite Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg reunites with Laureate Music Director James DePreist for an upcoming Oregon Symphony classical program featuring Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Performances are Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, November 5 at 8 p.m.

September 2007

September 26, 2007

Norman Leyden returns to the stage to celebrate 90th birthday in big band style
Celebrating your 90th birthday before a crowd of 3,000? No sweat, says Norman Leyden. The Oregon Symphony Laureate Associate Conductor returns to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with his signature clarinet for a special one-night-only appearance on October 17 at 7:30 p.m., marking the first time Leyden has performed at the concert hall since March 2004.

September 21, 2007

‘Spanish Splendor’ looks at folk music’s influence on classical form
The influence of folk sound on classical music is the foundation for the next Oregon Symphony classical concert, featuring mezzo soprano Patricia Risley, on Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 19, 2007

Symphony announces La Grande, Cove as site for 2007-2008 Community Music Partnership
Musicians from the Oregon Symphony will immerse themselves in the Eastern Oregon communities of La Grande and Cove this season during the first of two years in a recently announced Community Music Partnership (CMP) between the Symphony, the Cove School District, the La Grande School District, the Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council and the Cove Community Association.

September 10, 2007

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa replaces Horacio Gutiérrez on Symphony season opener
Russian pianist Valentina Lisitsa will join Music Director Carlos Kalmar for the Oregon Symphony’s season opening featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. She will replace Horacio Gutiérrez, who has canceled due to illness. Performances are Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, October 1 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

August 2007

August 27, 2007

Limited seating still available for Van Cliburn
Legendary classical pianist Van Cliburn returns to Portland for a special one-night-only performance with music director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Limited seating is still available.

August 17, 2007

Friends of the Oregon Symphony host “An Evening in St. Petersburg” benefit
The sights and sounds of 19th century Russia are the background for the 2007 Oregon Symphony Ball, “An Evening in St. Petersburg,” sponsored by the Friends of the Oregon Symphony and Washington Trust Bank as a benefit for the Symphony on Friday, September 14 at the Governor Hotel.

August 1, 2007

Oregon Symphony announces 2007-2008 free park concerts at Arbor Lodge Park and Tom McCall Waterfront Park
The Oregon Symphony will continue its annual tradition of free community concerts heralding the upcoming season as the orchestra visits North Portland’s Arbor Lodge Park on Saturday, August 25, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Thursday, August 30.

July 2007

July 26, 2007

Elaine Calder named President
Elaine Calder has been appointed President of the Oregon Symphony Association. She has been working with the Oregon Symphony as a strategic planning consultant for the past several months, and will assume her new responsibilities immediately. She replaces Interim President Mary Crist, who will resume her previous position as Vice President & General Manager.