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June 2012

June 26, 2012

2011/12 Season Ends With Soaring Sales With the 2011/12 concert performance schedule now complete, Oregon Symphony President Elaine Calder announced today that ticket sales were up 19% over the previous year – and up 24% from the depths of the recession in 2009/10.

June 14, 2012

Calder To Return To Canada Terrence R. Pancoast, chair of the board of the Oregon Symphony, announced today that he has accepted president Elaine Calder's resignation, effective August 31st. Calder will return to Canada and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake to assume the position of executive director, a position she held earlier in her career, from 1990 to 1994.

May 2012

May 17, 2012

The Oregon Symphony Launches A Four-Week Photo Contest To Find The Best Photo And Music Combination Classical music, especially when it's played with the passion and precision demonstrated by the orchestra this season, often conjures wondrous mental images. To celebrate the end of the 2011/12 season and the conjured mental images the season may have prompted, the Oregon Symphony has scheduled a four-week photo contest to see just what sort of images classical music fans pair with particular pieces of symphonic music.

May 4, 2012

Diane Syrcle named Symphony's Executive Vice President for Development Oregon Symphony Board Chair Terry Pancoast and President Elaine Calder announced today the selection of Diane Syrcle as the Symphony's new Executive Vice President of Development. Her hiring brings to a successful conclusion the organization's almost year-long national search conducted by the Oregon-based firm Murphy Symonds & Stowell.

April 2012

April 24, 2012

Oregon Symphony Concerts Set to Hit the Air Waves on All Classical 89.9 fm Local, national and international audiences will soon be able to enjoy four Oregon Symphony concerts from the current 2011/12 season which are now scheduled for radio broadcast over the next few months, thanks to the continued partnership between the orchestra and Portland's 24/7 classical music radio station, All Classical 89.9 fm.

April 13, 2012

The Oregon Symphony In May And June: The 2011/12 Season Comes To A Rousing Conclusion With Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring, Pianist Arnaldo Cohen, Rocker Brandi Carlile, And Bluesman Hugh Laurie The 2011/12 season, with its wide variety, its 73 performances of 40 different concerts and its strong ticket sales and audience ovations, comes to a fitting conclusion with four concerts spanning the classical, rock and blues genres.

March 2012

March 21, 2012

Former Concertmaster Returns For Classical Season Finale Violinist Jun Iwasaki is scheduled to return to the Oregon Symphony as guest concertmaster for the final concert of the 2011/12 classical season – Stravinsky's Rite of Spring – May 20th and 21st.

March 20, 2012

The Oregon Symphony In April: Storm Large, Garrick Ohlsson, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg And Sharon Isbin Join The Oregon Symphony Orchestra Storm Large and internationally renowned guest artists on the piano, the guitar, and the violin join the Oregon Symphony in an exciting and varied month of concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. April also includes the return to Portland of conductor Mei-Ann Chen.

March 12, 2012

Symphony Names New Concertmaster: Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony are pleased to announce the selection of Sarah Kwak as the orchestra's new concertmaster. Ms. Kwak, who is currently the First Associate Concertmaster with the Minnesota Orchestra, recently led the orchestra twice as an invited guest following her November audition. In January she joined the orchestra and Kalmar for Haydn's Creation, and in February The Oregonian critic singled out her "soulful solos" in his review of Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5.

February 2012

February 29, 2012

Garrison Keillor Adds Two Of His Prairie Home Companion Cohorts To March 8 Performance: When Garrison Keillor regales audiences at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on March 8, he'll have two of his Prairie Home Companion sidekicks with him—pianist Richard Dworsky and singer Heather Masse.

February 27, 2012

Music Director Carlos Kalmar And The Oregon Symphony Unveil The 2012/13 Season: Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony have announced the details of the orchestra's 2012/13 season. The new season, which marks Kalmar's 10th season as Music Director and the Company's 117th year, spans a remarkable variety of repertoire and genres, with Classical, Pops, and Kids concert series, as well as an exciting lineup of special concerts. Audiences will enjoy 68 performances of 36 separate programs during the season, which opens September 8, 2012 and continues through May 20, 2013.

February 21, 2012

The Oregon Symphony In March: Renée Fleming And Garrison Keillor Headline A Delightfully Varied Month Of Concerts! March brims with variety as the Oregon Symphony's slate of concerts features Classical, Pops, and Special Concerts. In addition to superstar soprano Renée Fleming and super-storyteller Garrison Keillor, audiences will also enjoy a special St. Patrick's Day celebration, two extraordinary pianists, Inon Barnatan and Garrick Ohlsson, and an Indian tabla master.

February 17, 2012

Symphony To Resume Recording Schedule With This Weekend's Concerts: The Symphony's February 18th and 19th performances under Music Director Carlos Kalmar will be recorded for two important projects. The program includes pianist Jeffrey Kahane playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25, Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5 and Elgar's Cockaigne (In London Town.)

January 2012

January 30, 2012

Hugh Laurie Joins The Lineup For One Performance Only: An already extensive season that includes over 70 performances of 40 concerts just got even more exciting with the addition of Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band. What better way to kickoff the summer entertainment season! Audiences may know him as Dr. House on Fox Network's hit series, House, but the world now knows him as one heck of a blues singer with his recent hit CD release—Let Them Talk!

January 25, 2012

Oregon Symphony And Musicians Agree To New Three-Year Contract: Oregon Symphony Board Chair Terry Pancoast today announced that the symphony and musicians have agreed to a new three-year contract. The contract was ratified by the board of directors at its January 24 meeting and by the musicians of the orchestra on January 20.

January 20, 2012

Soprano Replacement For This Weekend's Concerts: Soprano Elizabeth Keusch will be replacing an indisposed Christine Brandes for this weekend's concerts of Haydn's Creation. 

December 2011

December 14, 2011

Program Change: Rock Star Violinist Joshua Bell To Play Brahms' Violin Concerto: When violin virtuoso Joshua Bell and his 1713 Stradivarius take the stage for concerts on January 14th, 15th and 16th, he'll play the popular—and formidable—Brahms' Violin Concerto.

December 13, 2011

Members Of The Oregon Symphony Volunteer Time And Talent To Brighten LivesDuring The Holiday Season: Violins, violas, cellos, basses, bassoons, and trumpets – they’ll all be putting smiles on less fortunate faces at a variety of social service facilities throughout the Metro area during the next few weeks. These volunteering members of the Oregon Symphony believe that music makes everyone’s lives better and they are putting that music where it matters most during this holiday season – at places where people could use a bit of extra cheer.

November 2011

November 7, 2011

The Season Gets Even Better: Brandi Carlile Makes Her Oregon Symphony Debut, Zakir Hussain Returns By Popular Demand An already extensive season that includes over 70 performances of 38 concerts just got even more exciting with the addition of concerts with singer Brandi Carlile and percussion virtuoso Zakir Hussain and his Masters of Percussion.

November 2, 2011

2010/11 Ends in the Black 2010/11 Celebrated As A Milestone Season For The Oregon Symphony. At their meeting last week, the Oregon Symphony's Board of Directors approved audited financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2011. The season produced a net surplus of $192,000, which the Board voted to designate for use in 2011/12. The financial results mirrored the artistic accomplishments of the 2010/11 season, the eighth under the musical direction of Carlos Kalmar. As President Elaine Calder noted, "The Oregon Symphony finished its 115th season with both an artistic and a financial surplus."

October 2011

October 6, 2011

The Oregon Symphony In November: Mozart, Herbie Hancock, Dvořák And The Von Trapp Children
As if proof were needed about the truth of the Symphony’s new tagline—“Raising the Roof … Week After Week”—the lineup for November should do  the trick, providing Portland and the entire metro region an array of concerts that span genres, times and tastes.

October 6, 2011

Inner Ear Infection Sidelines Pianist Bronfman; Natasha Paremski Set To Return To The Oregon Symphony
Oregon Symphony President Elaine Calder today announced the cancellation of pianist Yefim Bronfman, due to an inner ear infection that prevents him from travelling. Bronfman was scheduled to perform the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 on October 8 & 10.

September 2011

September 26, 2011

The Oregon Symphony In October: Six Concerts Thrill With A Wide Range Of Musical Experiences
From beginning to end, the month of October showcases the wide-ranging offerings of the Oregon Symphony and provides audiences with concerts that span classical, pops and kids genres. On the classical side, two powerhouse guest artists—pianist Yefim Bronfman and violinist Karen Gomyo—return to the Symphony; families will pack the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for the first of three Kids Concerts; and everyone will slide nostalgically back in time when the New York Voices share the many memorable hit tunes that virtually defined a generation.

September 13, 2011

Dawn Upshaw Concert Cancelled, Community Classical Celebration Set To Replace It
Oregon Symphony President Elaine Calder today announced that Dawn Upshaw has been forced to withdraw from the Symphony performance on October 1. There is no further information at this time. Ms Calder said, "We deeply regret this cancellation and know that our audience joins us in hoping we will be able to welcome Ms. Upshaw to Portland and the Oregon Symphony at the earliest date. Since we have the orchestra and Music Director Carlos Kalmar scheduled for this concert, it gives us a unique opportunity to present a very special concert for our community."

September 1, 2011

New Additions To The Pink Martini Lineup! NPR's Ari Shapiro To Join Pink Martini And Guest Singer Storm Large For Three Concerts With Oregon Symphony September 11, 12, 13
In the absence of Pink Martini singer China Forbes, as she recovers from vocal surgery, the band will be joined by Portland native and NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro, guest singer Storm Large, and Pacific Youth Choir for three performances with the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Carlos Kalmar.

August 2011

August 31, 2011

Oregon Symphony Renews Carlos Kalmar's Contract
Oregon Symphony Board Chair Terrence R. Pancoast today announced the renewal of Music Director Carlos Kalmar’s contract, through June 2015. “Carlos’s accomplishments with the orchestra since being named Music Director in 2003 are extraordinary,” he said. “He has taken the Oregon Symphony to a new level of performance, as he demonstrated so clearly at Carnegie Hall. It gives us great confidence that our artistic trajectory will continue upward, knowing that Carlos will be at the musical helm through June, 2015.”

August 15, 2011

The Oregon Symphony In September: Season Gets Underway With A Bang!
Back from its summer break following a triumphant spring debut at Carnegie Hall that The New Yorker called “one of the most gripping events of the season,” the Oregon Symphony is ready to celebrate September and open Portland’s classical music season with four exciting concerts. One of the region’s favorite summer events—the free Waterfront Park Concert—kicks things off, followed quickly by Oregon’s jazz trumpet sensation Chris Botti on September 10, Pink Martini on September 11, 12 and 13, and the opening of the classical concert season on September 24, 25, and 26.