January 8, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARMINA BURANA, SMOKEY ROBINSON, BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH
AND A TOE-TAPPING EVENING OF DANCE
HIGHLIGHT OREGON SYMPHONY’S FEBRUARY CONCERTS


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – A wide and eclectic range of concerts fill the year’s shortest month at the Oregon Symphony, beginning with the ever-popular Carmina Burana, featuring acclaimed soloists and two of Portland’s top-notch choirs. Motown legend Smokey Robinson brings his singer/songwriter talents to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for a very special Valentine’s Day concert, and noted violinist Stefan Jackiw returns to perform music of Dvořák and Lutosławski in a concert that also features Beethoven’s best-known symphony. Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads a popular Let’s Dance concert to Portland, which features acclaimed tango, swing and tap dancers and an American Idol finalist to sing hits from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 7
SUNDAY, FEB. 8
MONDAY, FEB. 9
CARMINA BURANA

When and Where: [Editors: note different start times] Feb. 7 and 8 at 7:30 pm; Feb. 9 at 8:00 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Pacific Youth Choir; *Portland Symphonic Choir; *Laura Claycomb, soprano; *Marc Molomot, tenor; and *Timothy Mix, baritone.

The Program:

            Strauss:                   Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings
            *Orff:                         Carmina Burana
           
What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On the Pacific Youth Choir: www.pacificyouthchoir.org
On the Portland Symphonic Choir: www.pschoir.org

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 at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 14
VALENTINE’S DAY WITH SMOKEY ROBINSON

When and Where: Feb. 14 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim; *Smokey Robinson, vocals

The Program: Mr. Robinson will perform some of his greatest hits from his work with The Miracles and his solo career, including, “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Oo, Baby Baby,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.”

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Smokey Robinson: www.smokeyrobinson.com

Tickets: Begin at $35 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 at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 21
SUNDAY, FEB. 22
MONDAY, FEB. 23
BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH

When and Where: [Editors note different start times] Feb. 21 at 7:30 pm; Feb. 22 at 2 pm; and Feb. 23 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with guest conductor Christoph König; *Stefan Jackiw, violin.

The Program:

            Rachmaninoff:          Isle of the Dead
            *Lutosławski:             Partita for Violin and Orchestra
            *Dvořák:                     Romance for Violin and Orchestra
            Beethoven:                 Symphony No. 5 in C minor

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Christoph König: www.christophkoenig.at
On Stefan Jackiw: www.stefanjackiw.com/en/

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 at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 28
SUNDAY, MAR. 1
LET’S DANCE!

When and Where: [Editors note different start times] Feb. 28 at 7:30 pm and Mar. 1 at 3 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik; *Stephen Edward Sayer, Chandrae Roettig, Patricio Touceda, Eva Lucero, Forrest Walsh, Melissa Shahin and Ted Louis Levy, dancers; *Michael Lynche and *Julie Jo Hughes, vocalists

The Program: Music of Leonard Bernstein, Johann Strauss, Jacques Offenbach, Georges Bizet and Camille Saint-Saëns, along with fiery tangos, energetic 50s jitterbug medleys, and a tribute to the classic dance artistry of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Jeff Tyzik: www.jefftyzik.com
On Steven Edward Sayer and Chandrae Roettig: www.boogielounge.net/about/
On Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero: www.allseattletango.com/teachers/eva-lucero-patricio-touceda/
On Forrest Walsh: www.tangoafficionado.com/index.php?option=com_sobipro&pid=55&sid=99:Forrest-Walsh&Itemid=0
On Melissa Shahin: www.linkedin.com/pub/melissa-shahin/31/71/293
On Ted Louis Levy: www.chicagotap.org/People/Artist-Ted-Levy.aspx
On Michael Lynche: www.michaellyncheofficial.com
On Julie Jo Hughes: www.backstage.com/JulieJoHughes/

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 at the concert hall box office 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 February.

String Ensemble Kinderkonzerts for 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 performances are open to all schools, including homeschoolers and family groups. $2 for students and free for adults and some students. Reservations are required and can be made at: www.orsymphony.org/edu/youthconcerts.aspx

This February 9-11 we present the Strings Section’s “Once Upon a Tune.”
Music breathes life into classic children's stories. We'll explore how music enhances stories such as “The Tortoise and the Hare” and explore the string instruments in our version of “Snow White and the String Quartet.” This is sure to be interactive fun for everyone!

Monday, February 9 at 8:30/9:30/10:30 Peninsula School | 8125 N Emerald St. Portland
Tuesday, February 10 at 8:30/9:30/10:30 Woodstock Elementary | 5601 SE 50th Ave. Portland   
Wednesday, February 11 at 9:30/10:30/11:30 Lincoln Street School | 801 NE Lincoln St. Hillsboro

SYMPHONY STORYTIMES at Tualatin Public Library
Symphony Storytimes for preschoolers goes to the Tualatin Public Library this February. These musical storytimes are collaborations between youth librarians and the Oregon Symphony musicians. Each week a different instrument is represented from the 4 sections of the orchestra family. These FREE hour-long gatherings offer children picture book reading, musical accompaniment and a chance to try out each instrument each week. Musicians featured this month are Joël Belgique (viola), Martin Hébert (oboe), Charles Reneau (trombone), and Michael Roberts (percussion).

Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 11-noon at Tualatin Public Library

Oregon Symphony Studio to School Project in David Douglas Schools
The second of four ensembles of Oregon Symphony musicians will visit David Douglas School District’s Gilbert Heights Elementary in February. Our spectacular String Quintet will offer two exciting informational assemblies for the K-5 graders, will divide up and visit all of the classrooms for a more individual connection with the students and staff, and then put on an evening Community Concert for the families and residents in the area at the David Douglas Performing Arts Center on February 4th. In subsequent months, the other sections of the orchestra will be offering the same sort of educational connection with these students and community in support of the fine music education programs which still thrive in the David Douglas schools. The OCF grant also serves the Alice Ott Middle School orchestra by paying for private string lessons for students in need, provided by our partners, the teaching musicians of the 45th Parallel Ensemble. Our goal is to support these programs and to instill a curiosity and commitment by students to take up an instrument. The benefits of learning to play an instrument are well-documented and have a great impact on students as well as the entire community.

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