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July 2009

July 1, 2009

Oregon Symphony Cuts Administrative Staff Costs and Names New Vice President, Adds Director of Major Gifts
While simultaneously cutting administrative staff costs by more than 5 percent over the season that ended yesterday, the Oregon Symphony has announced two changes to its senior administrative staff aimed at improving management efficiency and enhancing its fundraising efforts.

April 2009

April 9, 2009

Bound For The Big Apple: Oregon Symphony Will Play Carnegie Hall In 2011
For the first time in its history, the Oregon Symphony will travel cross country in spring 2011 to perform a concert at music’s most prestigious venue, Carnegie Hall in New York.

April 2, 2009

The Oregon Symphony In May: Joshua Bell, Pink Martini Join In On The Season’s Big Finish
The Oregon Symphony’s 2008/09 season comes to an unforgettable conclusion in May and early June with a blockbuster series of concerts that feature one of Gustav Mahler’s symphonic masterworks, an appearance by the hottest violinist performing today and one more trip down memory lane with Portland pops legend Norman Leyden. It all wraps up with three not-to-be-missed live recording sessions at which the orchestra takes the stage alongside Pink Martini.

March 2009

March 20, 2009

Oregon Symphony Musicians Taking Part In Nationwide
‘Orchestras Feeding America’ Food Drive

Musicians from the Oregon Symphony - joining hands and hearts in spirit with their colleagues at some 250 other orchestras across the United States and Canada - will participate in Orchestras Feeding America, a national food drive at concerts throughout March and April.

March 18, 2009

Pink Martini And The Oregon Symphony Add A Third Spring Concert Date
Because of overwhelming demand from ticket-buyers, the Oregon Symphony and Pink Martini, Portland’s globe-trotting salon orchestra, have added a third performance to their two previously announced joint concerts scheduled for May and June at downtown Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

March 2, 2009

The Oregon Symphony In April: Old Favorites Share The Spotlight With New Discoveries
The Oregon Symphony presents only three programs during the month of April, but those three span the breadth of orchestral music, from classical masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven, to contemporary works by composers Magnus Lindberg and Christopher Theofanidis, to an evening of Portuguese fado with the reigning queen of the art form. See complete details on all of the Oregon Symphony’s April concerts.

February 2009

February 17, 2009

Oregon Symphony Reaches A Milestone: Ticket Sales Surpass Total For All Of Last Season
Does music have extra appeal in a sputtering economy? Are more Portlanders staying closer to home? Is it simply that word of the orchestra’s high artistic quality is spreading? Whatever the reason, something big is happening at the Oregon Symphony: Amid daily reports of worsening economic conditions, ticket sales this season at Portland’s largest performing-arts organization are actually up – way up.

February 12, 2009

The Oregon Symphony In March: The World Premiere Of A New Work By Tomas Svoboda
The Oregon Symphony’s lineup of March performances includes the final concerts of the season in both the Inside the Score and the Pops series as well as a Classical series concert that is sure to rank among Portland’s major musical highlights of the year: Mar. 14-16, when the orchestra presents the world premiere of Portland-based composer Tomas Svoboda’s newest work, Vortex for Orchestra. See complete details on all of the Oregon Symphony’s March concerts.

February 8, 2009

Oregon Symphony Unveils Its 2009/10 Season: Something For Every Listener
Sunday Afternoon Concerts, Big-Name Soloists and a Wide Range of Orchestra Premieres Share the Classical Series Spotlight. Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony today announced the orchestra’s 2009/10 concert season. The Classical season is characterized by an equal number of great core orchestral masterworks audiences love and Oregon Symphony premieres - some old works, some brand new - that have never before been performed in the orchestra's history.

February 8, 2009

Oregon Symphony’s 2009/10 Season Includes 21 Premieres For The Orchestra
The Oregon Symphony’s 2009/10 concert season will include the premiere performances by the orchestra of 21 works never before performed in its 114-year history. Taken together, the premieres represent about a third of all the music the Oregon Symphony will perform in its major concerts throughout the year.

January 2009

January 26, 2009

West Linn Teacher Donna Kagan Wins ‘Music Educator Of The Year’ Award
Donna Kagan, a music teacher and choir director at West Linn’s Stafford Primary School, is the 2009 recipient of the Oregon Symphony’s Patty Vemer Music Educator of the Year Award, the orchestra announced today.

January 15, 2009

The Oregon Symphony In February:
From Classical Guitar To A Superstar Of The Violin

The Oregon Symphony offers up an eclectic array of concerts for February, from a classical orchestral program at which at which the guitar takes a rare turn in the spotlight to a guest appearance by a reigning superstar of the violin, Itzhak Perlman. In between, the orchestra shares its Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall stage with sultry jazz sensation Dianne Reeves; presents the perennial masters of traditional Irish music, The Chieftains; and celebrates creative kids. See complete details on all of the Oregon Symphony’s February concerts.

December 2008

December 15, 2008

The Oregon Symphony In January:
Five Hot Concerts For The Coldest Month Of The Year

The Oregon Symphony aims to take the chill out of Portland’s atmosphere in January with a series of performances designed to heat up the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall stage. Starting with an appearance by the red-hot bluegrass band Cherryholmes – two-time nominees for 2009 Grammy awards – the month’s concerts also include an in-depth exploration of Franz Schubert’s most popular symphony, a double-concerto performance by the reigning master of the double bass and a celebration of a century’s worth of Broadway show-stoppers. January concludes with the solo debut of the orchestra’s dynamic young concertmaster. See complete details on all of the Oregon Symphony’s January concerts.

November 2008

November 21, 2008

Principal Bassoonist, Trumpeter Join The Oregon Symphony
The Oregon Symphony has hired two new orchestra members – a new principal bassoonist and a third trumpeter – as a result of competitive auditions held in September and October.

October 2008

October 31, 2008

The Oregon Symphony In December:
'Tis The Season For All Manner Of Holiday Music

The Oregon Symphony will deck the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in December with four concert programs that are sure to put even the Scroogiest Portlander in the mood to celebrate. The month’s calendar includes an all-Tchaikovsky Classical concert that features the best-of-the-best holiday music from the Nutcracker; the 10th anniversary of a not-to-be-missed Portland tradition, Gospel Christmas; the Oregon homecoming of the internationally known jazz trumpeter Chris Botti; and a special concert just for kids that celebrates all of the month’s holidays at once. See complete details on all of the Oregon Symphony’s December concerts.

October 30, 2008

All Classical FM To Premiere New Show, 'The Conductor,' Hosted By Music Director Carlos Kalmar
Oregon Symphony Music Director Carlos Kalmar will take an in-depth look at the best – and best-known – conductors of the past century and explore exactly what makes a conductor great in a new monthly radio program, “The Conductor,” to be broadcast the first Sunday of each month, starting Nov. 2, on the stations of All Classical FM, the non-profit 24-hour classical music station serving Oregon and Southwest Washington.

October 17, 2008

Calling All Composers: The Oregon Symphony Sponsors Its Second 'Creative Kids' Composition Contest
Is there a budding Beethoven in Beaverton? Another young Mozart in Molalla? Could the next Scarlatti be on the loose right now in Scappoose? The Oregon Symphony, ever on the lookout for the Next Big Thing in the music world, invites young composers from throughout the Portland metro area to enter its second “Creative Kids” composition contest.

October 3, 2008

The Oregon Symphony In November: From Election Night To Holiday Pops
The Oregon Symphony's 2008/09 season roars full speed ahead in November with three Classical series programs, an election night special and a detailed look "Inside the Score" of a Brahms masterpiece. The month wraps up with a Thanksgiving weekend holiday Pops concert featuring the von Trapp family children. See complete details on all of the Oregon Symphony's November concerts.

September 2008

September 22, 2008

Oregon Symphony, Musicians Union Agree On New Two-Year Contract
Oregon Symphony musicians have voted to approve a new two-year contract that covers the orchestra's 2008/09 and 2009/10 concert seasons and increases musician compensation in both years.

September 11, 2008

The Oregon Symphony in October: The Lang Lang Phenomenon Storms
into Portland

The Oregon Symphony’s October concert calendar kicks off with one of the season’s blockbusters – the Oregon Symphony debut of Lang Lang, the young superstar pianist from China – and continues with the opening events of the orchestra’s Pops and Kids Concerts series as well as the season’s second classical series concerts.

September 8, 2008

An Unforgettable Opening Concert Sets the Tone for The Oregon Symphony's New Season
One thing’s for sure: Nobody was using the words “same-old, same-old” Friday as the Oregon Symphony kicked off its 2008/09 concert season in Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with a collaboration unlike anything else in its 113-year history.

August 2008

August 29, 2008

The Oregon Symphony in September: The TBA Festival, Two Specials and a Stellar Season Opener
The Oregon Symphony opens its 113th season in September with seven performances at downtown Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, including an unforgettable start to its Classical series season Sept. 27-29, when Music Director Carlos Kalmar leads three performances of the work that always finishes atop audience-favorite lists of the greatest classical masterpieces of all time: Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Sellout crowds are expected.

August 8, 2008

Two Great Nights, Two Concerts, And It Won't Cost A Penny: Oregon Symphony To Play In Portland Parks
What could be better for a Portland music lover on a warm summer's night than an Oregon Symphony concert? How about a free Oregon Symphony concert, outdoors under the stars, in one of Portland's parks? Or, better still, how about two of them?

August 1, 2008

Oregon Symphony Musicians Will Travel To Tillamook For 2008-2010 Community Music Partnership
Tiny Tillamook is justifiably known across Oregon for everything from the quality of its dairy products to its spectacular coastal scenery, but it could well acquire another reputation - as Music Central - when musicians from the Oregon Symphony adopt the coastal community as a sort of home-away-from-home during a special two-year collaboration.