February 6, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THOMAS LAUDERDALE, VIDEO GAME MUSIC, AMERICAN DANCE AND
SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE TOP SYMPHONY CONCERTS IN MARCH


(PORTLAND, Ore.) –Portland’s favorite pianist Thomas Lauderdale returns to the stage with the Oregon Symphony in another classical outing playing works of Gottschalk and Beethoven, while fans of video games like Halo and The Legend of Zelda can experience an interactive hero’s journey with game clips and live orchestra accompaniment. Kids and parents alike will experience the magic of visual arts interpreted through music, and the month winds up with Berlioz’ innovative and always popular Symphonie fantastique.

SUNDAY, MAR. 1
LET’S DANCE!

When and Where: Mar. 1 at 3 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik; *Dancers: Stephen Edward Sayer, Chandrae Roettig, Patricio Touceda, Eva Lucero, Forrest Walsh and Melissa Shahin; Ted Louis Levy, tap dancer; 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 50’s 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.

FRIDAY, MAR. 6
rePLAY: SYMPHONY OF HEROES

When and Where: Mar. 6 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Guest Conductor Miriam Burns

The Program: Music from The Legend of Zelda©, Halo©, Portal©, Journey©, the Elder Scrolls© and many more. Enjoy memorable moments from some of the most popular and beloved video games of all time, along with stunning visual projections that bring the art of games to dazzling life.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes: www.replay-symphony.com

Tickets 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.

SUNDAY, MAR. 8
PICTURE THIS …
[Kids Concert]

When and Where: Mar. 8 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim; narrator Pam Mahon; Pacific Youth Choir and Dance West

The Program: An eclectic range of works, including music of Michael Torke, Debussy, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Copland, Bach, Rossini, Wagner and William Byrd.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Pam Mahon: www.arthousetalentandliterary.com/?p=958
On Pacific Youth Choir: www.pacificyouthchoir.org
On Dance West: www.dancewestcompany.com

Tickets: Begin as low as $10 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 at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

SATURDAY, MAR. 14
SUNDAY, MAR. 15
MONDAY, MAR. 16
THOMAS LAUDERDALE

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Mar. 14 at 7:30 pm; Mar. 15 at 2 pm and Mar. 16 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Thomas Lauderdale, piano

The Program:

Hindemith:                 Suite from the ballet Nobilissima visione
*Gottschalk:               Grande Tarantelle for Piano and Orchestra
*Beethoven:                Choral Fantasy, Op. 80
Thompson:                   Symphony No. 2 in E minor

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Thomas Lauderdale: www.pinkmartini.com/member/thomas-m-lauderdale/

Tickets: Begin as low as $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-9 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, MAR. 21
SUNDAY, MAR. 22
SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

When and Where: Mar. 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Jun Märkl; *James Ehnes, violin

The Program:

Hosokawa:                  Blossoming II
*Prokofiev:                 Violin Concerto No. 1
Berlioz:                        Symphonie fantastique

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Jun Märkl: www.junmarkl.com
On James Ehnes: www.jamesehnes.com

Tickets: Begin as low as $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-9 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 March.

2015 YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERT:  “Oregon : Sounds of Wonder”  March 2 and 3 at 9:30 and 11 am at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This 50-minute, school-day concert will take the audience on a musical and visual tour of our amazing state. It is open for all students, teachers and families to attend. Reservations are required www.orsymphony.org/edu/youthconcerts.aspx
We are fortunate in Oregon to have such a diversity of natural wonders. From the depths of the Pacific Ocean to the snow-covered top of Mount Hood, nature and its sounds are all around us.

This program will present composers’ musical interpretations of the natural wonders we enjoy in Oregon-rivers, forests, valleys, mountains, high desert, the gorge, even the sounds of the city!

BONUS…we will have gorgeous projected images of this beautiful state, from the east to the west, courtesy of our friends at Travel Oregon. Slides will accompany the music played by the orchestra.

Paul Ghun Kim,
Resident Conductor
Pam Mahon,
Narrator
Maia Hoffman, Wilson HS/Solo viola

A String SYMPHONY STORYTIME at Sunnyside Public Library
A string Symphony Storytime for preschoolers will go to the Sunnyside Public Library on Saturday, March 7th from 10:30-11:30. These FREE hour-long gatherings offer preschoolers picture book readings by the youth librarian, musical accompaniment and a chance to try out a violin. Violinist and Oregon Symphony music librarian, Joy Fabos, will be our featured musician for this one. The season Storytime schedule is found at www.orsymphony.org/edu/storytimes.aspx  as an overview of past and future locations/dates/times.

Oregon Symphony OCF Studio to School Project in David Douglas Schools
The third of four ensembles of Oregon Symphony musicians will visit David Douglas School District’s Gilbert Heights Elementary as we continue our residency work there in March.  Our wonderful Woodwind 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 public on March 18th . All are welcome to attend the 6:30-7:30 pm concert in the Gilbert Heights gym 12839 SE Holgate Blvd.

Additionally, on March 20, Oregon Symphony principal percussionist Niel DePonte will lead a professional development workshop with the Gilbert Heights staff. His “Instant Composer” program helps teachers to integrate music into their lessons, facilitating learning and deepening understanding of otherwise challenging concepts.

For more information on these education and community engagement events, contact Monica Hayes 503-416-6312 or mhayes@orsymphony.org.

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503-416-6347
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