November 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CELEBRATE DECEMBER HOLIDAYS WITH THE OREGON SYMPHONY’S ECLECTIC MIX OF SEASONAL REPERTOIRE, FEATURING ROUSING GOSPEL, ANDRE WATTS, CIRCUS HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES AND THE NOT-TO-BE-MISSED ODE TO JOY NEW YEAR BASH WITH SPECIAL GUEST ESPERANZA SPALDING


(PORTLAND, Ore.) –  The Oregon Symphony decks the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with beloved holiday music favorites including the ever-popular Gospel Christmas, a special circus-themed holiday performance, and Comfort and Joy, a classical concert designed with the whole family in mind. We begin the month with pianist André Watts performing MacDowell’s romantic Piano Concerto No. 2 and ring in the New Year with the Symphony’s newest and most popular tradition: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and an evening of special guests, including Thomas Lauderdale and Portland’s own Esperanza Spalding.

SATURDAY, DEC. 6
SUNDAY, DEC. 7
MONDAY, DEC. 8
ANDRÉ WATTS

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm; Dec. 7 at 2 pm and Dec. 8 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *André Watts, piano.

The Program:

            Sibelius:                      Symphony No. 4
            *MacDowell:              Piano Concerto No. 2
            Copland:                     Suite from Appalachian Spring

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On André Watts: www.cmartists.com/artists/andre-watts.htm

Tickets: Begin at $22 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and in the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

FRIDAY, DEC. 12
SATURDAY, DEC. 13
SUNDAY, DEC. 14
GOSPEL CHRISTMAS

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Dec. 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm; Dec. 14 at 4 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony and the Northwest Community Gospel Choir; Charles Floyd, conductor; Gary Hemenway, music director.

The Program: “Rejoice and Be Glad,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and many more high-spirited Gospel favorites.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On the Northwest Community Gospel Choir:             http://www.orsymphony.org/bios/guestartists/ncgc.aspx
On Charles Floyd: www.charlesfloyd.com
Tickets: Begin at $25 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and in the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

FRIDAY, DEC. 19
SATURDAY, DEC. 20
CIRQUE MUSICA

When and Where: Dec. 19 at 7:30 pm and Dec. 20 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim and Cirque Musica

The Program: You’ll be on the edge of your seat, dazzled by the spellbinding grace and daredevil artistry of some of the world’s greatest circus performers executing breathtaking tricks to the accompaniment of the Oregon Symphony.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Cirque Musica: www.cirquemusica.com

Tickets: Begin at $25 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and in the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21
COMFORT AND JOY: A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS

When and Where: Dec. 21 at 4 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim and soprano Nadine Sierra.

The Program: This concert features Christmas and seasonal music the whole family will enjoy, with both classical and pop arrangements of favorite songs and a Christmas medley sing-along for the whole audience.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org

Tickets: Begin as low as $15 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and in the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

TUESDAY, DEC. 30
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31
ODE TO JOY: A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

When and Where: Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at 7 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding; trumpeter Thara Memory

The Program:

Esperanza Spalding and Thara Memory’s program will be announced from the stage.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org

Tickets: Begin at $25 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and in the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

Beyond the Schnitz

Oregon Symphony Community Engagement Programs

The Oregon Symphony and its musicians are deeply involved in the community in places that stretch far beyond the confines of our concert hall. Here are a few of the things happening in that arena during the month of December.

2014/15 Kinderkonzerts Grades K-2
Small groups of Oregon Symphony musicians, with help from narrator Pam Mahon, bring the orchestra off the stage and into schools for an up-close musical experience where children are active listeners. A series of four 30-minute performances designed for students K-2, these concerts are open to all schools, including homeschoolers and family groups.
Reservations are required http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/youthconcerts.aspx


This Dec. 8-10 we present the Woodwinds: Charting a Changing Course
Explore the sounds of the world as our woodwind quintet takes us on a journey into the changes we find in nature and music. Our adventure takes us on an expedition that compares the changes in music with natural changes like the four seasons, weather, and animals.

On December 9th the Oregon Symphony’s Holiday Brass Quintet will travel to the Coffee Creek Correction Facility to present a very special concert of holiday favorites with the women at Coffee Creek. Mr. Bill Schonely, NBA and Portland Trail Blazer broadcasting legend, will join the group as special host for the evening, introducing the program and maybe even sharing his well-known voice in a song or two.

The Oregon Symphony is working to expand its service to our community.  This concert is a pilot project for the Oregon Symphony, as we seek to reach into the community, sharing the message that music can play a significant part in the healing and rebuilding process in the lives of many who suffer.

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Photos for media uses can be accessed at: www.orsymphony.org/newsroom/artists.aspx

Season subscriptions, including the popular Flex Passes and Gift Cards, are still available through the Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353.

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CONTACT:
Jim Fullan
Vice President, Communications, Marketing & Sales
503-416-6347
jfullan@orsymphony.org