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June 2011

June 1, 2011

Jun Iwasaki To Nashville Symphony
Oregon Symphony President Elaine Calder today confirmed news from Nashville, Tennessee: that concertmaster Jun Iwasaki is leaving Portland to assume the role of concertmaster for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

May 2011

May 19, 2011

Jim Fullan and Paul Moredock Join Oregon Symphony Management Team
President Elaine Calder today announced the appointment of two new senior members of the Symphony’s management team, who together will share responsibility for annual revenues of more than $12 million.

May 16, 2011

Oregonians Triumphant!
An hour after the Oregon Symphony’s Carnegie Hall performance last Thursday, May 12, word was spreading fast at the celebration in New York’s Hilton Hotel: respected author and music critic Alex Ross had tweeted “Triumphant debut for the Oregon Symphony!” 

April 2011

April 15, 2011

The Oregon Symphony In May (And One Great Night In June): A Grand Finale To Our 2010/11 Concert Season
May 2011 is an important month in the Oregon Symphony calendar, with our Carnegie Hall debut and our first recording under music director Carlos Kalmar. The Carnegie program is performed first in Portland for our home-town audiences and both performances will be recorded for a CD to be released next fall. On our return from New York our classical season concludes with a program featuring some of our superb Orchestra members as well as the ensemble as a whole. We then offer a pair of great American performers in concert with their own musicians in one-night-only concerts in late May and mid June.

March 2011

March 23, 2011

He'll Be Back: British Conductor Michael Francis Gets The Call To Fill In Again At Oregon Symphony's Concerts Apr. 10-11
Young British conductor Michael Francis – who caused a major stir among musicians, audience members and the media in Portland when he flew in from London in late February as a last-minute replacement after an Oregon Symphony guest conductor was forced to cancel – will come to the rescue again at the orchestra’s Apr. 10-11 Classical series concerts, “A Pair of Sixth Symphonies.”

March 9, 2011

The Oregon Symphony In April: A Month Of Unexpected Musical Pairings
Good things will definitely come in pairs at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as the four events on the Oregon Symphony's April concert calendar feature a pair of Pops programs to open and close the month, a pair of back-to-back Beethoven symphonies (the "Pastoral" and the "Eroica") at two consecutive Classical series events – and one concert that even pairs the sixth symphonies of two different composers on the same program.

March 1, 2011

Oregon Symphony Posts Big Gains At The Box Office
Paid Attendance at Classical Concerts Climbs Nearly 35 Percent This Season
Good news from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as the calendar hits March and the Oregon Symphony heads into the home stretch of its 2010/11 concert season: With more than two-thirds of its performances completed, the orchestra is seeing across-the board increases in attendance – with especially large improvements at its Classical concerts, where paid attendance so far this season is up nearly 35 percent over the same time last year.

February 2011

February 23, 2011

British Conductor Michael Francis Is Last-Minute Substitute For Alondra De La Parra At Oregon Symphony's Concerts Feb. 26-28
Guest conductor Alondra de la Parra has been forced to withdraw from the Oregon Symphony’s “Thomas Lauderdale Plays Grieg” Classical series concerts Feb. 26-28 for personal reasons. Young British conductor Michael Francis – who is quickly earning a reputation as a go-to guy when high-profile orchestras need a last-minute replacement – will fill in, making his Oregon Symphony debut.

February 21, 2011

Oregon Symphony Unveils Its 2011/12 Season: Orchestra Will Host Many Of Music's Brightest Stars
A-List Soloists Include: Sopranos Renée Fleming & Dawn Upshaw, Violinists Joshua Bell & Itzhak Perlman, Pianists Yefim Bronfman & Garrick Ohlsson, More – Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony today announced the orchestra’s 2011/12 concert season. It’s an exciting and well-balanced lineup that features a broad spectrum of classical and popular music – including jazz, gospel, vocal and choral concerts – presented in 38 different programs from September through May at downtown Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

February 21, 2011

Oregon Symphony's 2011/12 Season Includes 22 Premieres For The Orchestra
The Oregon Symphony's 2011/12 concert season will include the premiere performances by the orchestra of 22 works never before performed in its 116-year history. Taken together, the premieres represent a third of all the music the Oregon Symphony will perform in its major concerts throughout the year.

February 16, 2011

Here We Go Again: Oregon Symphony Will Return To Carnegie Hall For 2013 Spring For Music Festival
Even before the Oregon Symphony makes its long-awaited Carnegie Hall debut this May as part of New York's first Spring for Music Festival, the orchestra has been invited back to perform in the festival's third season on May 9, 2013.

February 14, 2011

The Oregon Symphony In March: When It's Time To Turn Up The Heat, Who's Better Than Storm Large?
The Oregon Symphony’s March calendar contains only three programs before the orchestra heads off on spring break, but it’s hard to imagine more diversity could be packed into three events than the orchestra has done here. The month opens with the orchestra sharing its stage – again – with rocker Storm Large, continues with a dance program just for kids and concludes with a return visit by one of the rising stars of the violin world, Baiba Skride.

January 2011

Janary 14, 2011

The Oregon Symphony In February: A Month's Worth Of Crowd-Pleasers, From Yuja Wang To Thomas Lauderdale
Two young women who appear destined to be among music’s brightest stars in the years ahead – Chinese pianist Yuja Wang and Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra – make their Oregon Symphony debuts at concerts that bookend the orchestra’s February concert calendar. And in between, a pair of special treats for concertgoers, as pop legend Johnny Mathis pays a Valentine’s Day visit and the orchestra’s staff conductor, Gregory Vajda, conducts one of his own compositions for the first time in Portland.

Janary 6, 2011

Four New Musicians Join Oregon Symphony's Ranks For The New Year
When the Oregon Symphony returns to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall stage this month following its annual holiday break, its roster will include four new musicians who were hired after winning auditions held throughout the fall.

December 2010

December 14, 2010

The Oregon Symphony in January: What Better Time for Events that are
Hot, Hot, Hot?

January may be the coldest, darkest month of the year – but not inside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, where the Oregon Symphony turns up the heat and keeps it on high throughout the month, presenting seven different programs that almost literally offer something for everyone: Performances by comedy legend Joan Rivers and first-rank pianists Emanuel Ax and Lang Lang, the Portland premiere of a red-hot new percussion concerto, a Pops concert that just may be the ultimate evening of Broadway hits … and even a visit by a sizzling Argentine tango troupe. Whew!

November 2010

November 12, 2010

The Oregon Symphony In December: Five Special Events To Ring In The Season Of Good Cheer
‘Tis the season for holiday tunes, of course, and the Oregon Symphony aims to get everyone into the proper spirit, regardless of musical tastes, with four different programs of holiday music in December, including such perennial favorites as Handel’s Messiah and Portland’s own unique holiday tradition, Gospel Christmas. Up first, though, a very special evening with classical music’s biggest star, cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

October 2010

October 28, 2010

Oregon Symphony Reports A Balanced Budget, Elimination Of Its Long-Term Debt; Six New Board Members Elected at Association’s Annual Meeting.
The Oregon Symphony Association, Portland’s largest performing-arts organization, today released its audited financial statements for the fiscal year that ended June 30. It was a year marked by significant financial progress, including the association’s first balanced budget in several seasons and the payoff of its $7 million long-term bank debt.

October 14, 2010

The Oregon Symphony In November: Bet You Don’t Expect To See This At The Concert Hall! Portlanders heading into the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in November might be advised to expect the unexpected, as each of the month’s Oregon Symphony concerts features something likely to come as a surprise: At one concert, the orchestra welcomes an ensemble of actors, including David Ogden Stiers, for a night of music and verse related to Shakespeare’s Falstaff. Another includes a rare performance of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony. And the holiday season gets under way Thanksgiving weekend with acrobats, jugglers and aerialists of Cirque de la Symphonie joining the orchestra live on stage.

October 1, 2010

Pianist William Wolfram Substitutes For Jeffrey Kahane At Oregon Symphony’s Concerts Oct. 9-11 Pianist Jeffrey Kahane has been forced to withdraw from the Oregon Symphony’s “Mendelssohn & Mozart” Classical series concerts Oct. 9-11 because of illness. Pianist William Wolfram will fill in, making his Oregon Symphony debut.

October 1, 2010

Three New Musicians Join Oregon Symphony For The Start Of The 2010/11 Season When Portland concertgoers return to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall this weekend for the opening performances of the Oregon Symphony’s 2010/11 Classical concert season, they’ll see three new orchestra members on stage.

September 2010

September 14, 2010

The Oregon Symphony In October: Classical, Pops And Kids Concert Series Get Under Way After a succession of season-opening special events throughout September, the Oregon Symphony shifts into high gear in October as it gets into the meat-and-potatoes portion of the 2010/11 concert season, including the opening concerts of its Classical, Pops and Kids concert series. And still it manages to squeeze in one more not-to-be-missed special event this month: a Halloween screening of what just may be the scariest movie ever made, Psycho, with the orchestra performing the film score live in all its spine-tingling glory.

August 2010

August 5, 2010

The Oregon Symphony In September: A Big Opening For A Memorable Season
Back from its summer hiatus, the Oregon Symphony kicks off its 2010/11 concert season in a way only Portland’s largest performing-arts organization could: With a free outdoor community celebration and concert expected to draw more than 15,000 listeners. The orchestra then moves a few blocks to its usual home, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, for four more spectacular September concerts, including the opening event of the 2010 Time-Based Art Festival, an appearance by violin star Joshua Bell and a special benefit concert to raise money for the orchestra’s historic trip to New York next spring, where it will make its long-awaited debut at music’s most prestigious venue, Carnegie Hall.

July 2010

July 29, 2010

Single Tickets Go On Sale Monday For Oregon Symphony’s 2010/11 Concerts
Just Added to the Lineup: ‘Countdown to Carnegie’ Benefit Concert
Featuring Thomas Lauderdale, Storm Large, Darcelle and More
Single tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, for all of the Classical, Pops and Kids series concerts in the Oregon Symphony’s 2010/11 season, including performances by many of the brightest stars in the musical firmament, from first-rank virtuosos like violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Emanuel Ax to up-and-comers like pianist Yuja Wang, who many are predicting will be music’s Next Big Thing.