March 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MENDELSSOHNíS VIOLIN CONCERTO, PETER AND THE WOLF,
DVOŘÁKíS SLAVONIC DANCES AND BOYZ II MEN
HIGHLIGHT APRIL CONCERTS


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Three of classical music’s “top ten”hits – Sergei Prokofiev’s children’s tale of Peter and The Wolf, Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor performed by violinist Karen Gomyo and a rare performance of Antonín Dvořák’s complete Slavonic Dances – top the bill in Oregon Symphony’s April concerts. Fans of R&B will welcome Boyz II Men, the top grossing R&B group of all time in their Symphony debut, and film noir enthusiasts will enjoy a delightful orchestral whodunit, complete with 1940s-era costumes and the antics of the Magic Circle Theatre Company as they solve the mysterious murder of unpopular guest conductor Maestro Bigherr.

 

TUESDAY, APR. 7
BOYZ II MEN
When and where: Apr. 7 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim; Boyz II Men, vocals

The Program: The program will be announced from the stage

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Boyz II Men: www.boyziimen.com

Tickets: Begin at $45 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.

 

SUNDAY, APR. 12
MONDAY, APR. 13
DVOŘÁK’S SLAVONIC DANCES
When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Apr. 12 at 7:30 pm and Apr. 13 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Artistic Director Carlos Kalmar; *Jean-Philippe Collard, piano

The Program:

Sibelius:          Tapiola
*Bartók:           Piano Concerto No. 3
Dvořák:            Slavonic Dances, Op. 72 (complete)

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Jean-Philippe Collard: www.jeanphilippecollard.com

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-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, APR. 18
DEATH ON THE DOWNBEAT

When and Where: Apr. 18 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Paul Ghun Kim & David Hattner, conductors; Magic Circle Theatre Company, actors

The Program:

Bernstein: Candide Overture
Rodgers: Slaughter On Tenth Avenue Suite
Shostakovich: The Gadfly Suite (Op. 97), Romance
Steiner: Casablanca Suite
Rózsa: The Lost Weekend Suite
Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette
Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges, March and Scherzo
Prokofiev: Cinderella Suite, Waltz and Midnight
F. Steiner: Perry Mason Theme

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Magic Circle Mime Company: www.magiccirclemime.com

Tickets: Begin at $20 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.

 

SUNDAY, APR. 19
PETER AND THE WOLF
[Kids Concert]

When and Where: Apr. 19 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim; *Magic Circle Mime Company, actors

The Program:

Suppé:              Light Cavalry Overture
*Prokofiev:     Peter and the Wolf (performed without narration)

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Magic Circle Mime Company: www.magiccirclemime.com/peter.html

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, APR. 25
MONDAY, APR. 27
BRAHMS, MENDELSSOHN, HAYDN

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Apr. 25 at 7:30 pm and Apr. 27 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Gilbert Varga; *Karen Gomyo, violin

The Program:

Haydn:                        Symphony No. 2 in C major, Hob. I/2
*Mendelssohn:         Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Brahms:                      Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: www.orsymphony.org
On Gilbert Varga: www.intermusica.co.uk/artists/conductor/gilbert-varga/biography
On Karen Gomyo: www.karengomyo.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 April.

Percussion 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 in which 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 http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/youthconcerts.aspx




Our Percussion Section’s “Off The Beatin’ Path.”

Learning about rhythm has never been so much fun!  Everyone will be movin’
and groovin’ to the beat as dance and rhythm are used get their toes tappin’
and fingers snappin’! They'll be a whole lot of countin’ going on as kids
explore the world of percussion instruments. This is sure to be interactive fun for everyone!

Monday, April 13 at 8:30/9:30/10:30 Peninsula School | 8125 N Emerald St. Portland
Tuesday, April 14 at 8:30/9:30/10:30 Woodstock Elementary | 5601 SE 50th Ave. Portland   
Wednesday, April 15 at 9:30/10:30/11:30 Lincoln Street School | 801 NE Lincoln St. Hillsboro




Symphony Storytimes at Belmont Branch Library

Symphony Storytimes for preschoolers goes to Multnomah County’s Belmont Branch Library this April. These musical storytimes are collaborations between youth librarians and the Oregon Symphony musicians, each week a different instrument is represented from the four 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 Chien Tan (violin), Alicia Paulsen (flute), Lars Campbell (trombone), and Gordon Rencher (percussion).

Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 10:15-11:15 am at the Belmont Branch Library




Oregon Symphony OCF Studio to School Project Continues in David Douglas Schools

The final 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 April. Our might Brass 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 a FREE evening Community Concert for the public on April 29. All are welcome to attend the 6:30-7:30 pm concert in the Gilbert Heights gym 12839 SE Holgate Blvd. This will be an informational and entertaining Brass Concert not to be missed!

There will also be a FREE Oregon Symphony Percussion Quartet Community Concert on April 22 at 6:30-7:30 pm, which is open to the public. This concert will be held in the same location –the Gilbert Heights gym at 12839 SE Holgate Blvd.




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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