May 1, 2015



Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Johnny Mathis and Lily Tomlin lead the newly branded slate that also celebrates films, film scores and plenty more.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The Oregon Symphony is renowned not only for the quality of its playing but also for the breadth of its musical offerings. Now, with sales for its Classical, Pops and Kids subscription concerts well underway and selling above the previous season’s levels, the Symphony is proud to announce its 2015/16 Special Concerts.

Branded for the first time under the banner “Oregon Symphony Presents” and announced separately from subscription concerts, this entertainment slate includes 24 performances of 20 separate concerts, spanning the musical spectrum from film scores to classical guitar, from rock and gospel to country western, with international stars from Yo-Yo Ma to Johnny Mathis.

Tickets to these Oregon Symphony Presents concerts are now available only to patrons who have subscribed to the Symphony’s 2015/16 season. These subscribers will not only get the opportunity to purchase the best seats for these newly announced concerts but will also receive a 10% subscriber discount for most concerts.

The general public will be able to purchase tickets beginning May 18, immediately following the subscriber pre-sale.

The Symphony anticipates adding a number of other concerts to this schedule as the season progresses. Subscribers to the Classical, Pops and Kids Series always receive news of these additions first and enjoy a limited-time pre-sale period during which they may purchase tickets ahead of the public.




National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
Wednesday, September 9 | 7:30 pm

Direct from Beijing comes the world’s most riveting acrobatic troupe whose astonishing acts have dazzled audiences the world over. China’s preeminent circus company will have you—and your whole family—on the edge of your seats.

Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Pablo Villegas
Saturday, September 12 | 7:30 pm
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
*Pablo Villegas, guitar

Dukas: La Pèri (complete ballet)
*Corigliano: Troubadours
*Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnol

Few performers electrify audiences like Pablo. When audiences shot to their feet at his recent Oregon Symphony debut, we wanted him back with us as soon as possible—this time with another of Rodrigo’s riveting guitar concertos. It’s classical guitar like you’ve never heard before!


Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions
Thursday, September 17 | 7:30 pm

Pokémon comes to life with all new musical arrangements and carefully timed visuals from recent and classic Pokémon video games. This show has become the must-see video game concert of the year, giving fans and newcomers of all ages the chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise like never before..


The Music of Pink Floyd
Saturday, September 19 | 7:30 pm
Brent Havens, conductor
Randy Jackson, vocals

A rockin’, two-hour sonic blast celebrating the musical legacy of Pink Floyd. All your Pink Floyd favorites—“Money,” “Learning to Fly,” “Comfortably Numb,” and, yes, many great hits from The Wall. Randy Jackson, lead singer of Zebra, captures the true spirit of the original band.


Patti LaBelle
Sunday, September 20  | 7:30 pm

An evening with the legendary Queen of Rock ‘n’ Soul. A power-packed performance of her all-time, classic favorites.

Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Lang Lang
Thursday, October 15 | 7:30 pm
Paul Ghun Kim, conductor
*Lang Lang, piano

Chabrier: Fête polonaise from The King in spite of himself
*Grieg: Piano Concerto
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

The world’s best-known pianist takes on Grieg’s powerful piano concerto. With its explosive opening, it’s a perfect fit for the fiery Lang Lang.


The Nightmare Before Christmas
Friday, October 30 | 7:30 pm
Paul Ghun Kim, conductor
Pacific Youth Choir

Tim Burton’s fantastical tale of the Pumpkin King, the Oogie Boogie and Sandy Claws comes to life on our big screen, complete with Danny Elfman’s film score performed live to picture by the entire Oregon Symphony orchestra. Costumes encouraged. It’s the perfect outing to get you ready for Halloween!


Sara Evans
Thursday, November 12 | 7:30 pm

Who better to lead our first foray into the red-hot world of country western than the singer many consider the heir apparent to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette? Her simmering voice and her mix of touching ballads along with good, old country twang have made her a force to be reckoned with.


Melissa Etheridge
This Is M.E. Solo
Saturday, November 21, 2015  |  7:30 pm

Academy Award and GRAMMY winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, will take the stage to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits like “Come to My Window”, “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over.”  Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs.

Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Johnny Mathis Holiday Special
Tuesday, December 8 | 7:30 pm
Paul Ghun Kim and Scott Lavender, conductors

You’ll have yourself a merry little Christmas at this holiday spectacular with one of the most iconic crooners of all time. Chances are this will be the highlight of the yuletide season. The only downside? One performance only!


Yo-Yo Ma
Wednesday, December 9 | 7:30 pm
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

One man: the most renowned cellist in the world. One stage: the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. One instrument: the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius. One extraordinary opportunity to hear him be himself, by himself in this solo recital.

Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Gospel Christmas
Friday, December 11 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 12 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 13 | 4:00 pm
Northwest Community Gospel Choir
Charles Floyd, conductor

This 17-year tradition keeps getting bigger and better. The region’s premier gospel singers and the Oregon Symphony orchestra will have you on your feet, clapping and shouting, celebrating the true spirit of the season. Don’t miss out on this exhilarating experience! 


Home  Alone
Saturday, December 19 | 7:00 pm
Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Oregon Repertory Singers

A true holiday favorite, this comedy classic features John Williams’ delightful score performed live to picture with the Oregon Symphony orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as the left-behind Kevin McCallister who hilariously outwits two bumbling crooks. Fun for the whole family!


Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas
Sunday, December 20 | 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Paul Ghun Kim, conductor
J’nai Bridges, mezzo soprano

This sparkling family tradition has become so popular that we’ve added a second performance this season. All your favorite holiday classics, with family-friendly pricing so that even the youngest can dress up and enjoy the festivities.


Ode to Joy: New Year’s Celebration
Tuesday, December 29 | 7:30 pm
Wednesday, December 30 | 7:30 pm
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Meow Meow & Portland Symphonic Choir

Now in its third year, this has become Portland’s favorite way to ring out the old and bring in the new. Named “One of the Top Performers of the Year” by The New Yorker, cabaret diva Meow Meow joins the orchestra to begin your New Year’s festivities with a joyful bang. Meow Meow, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and a whole lot more!


Gregory Alan Isakov
Thursday, January 14 | 7:30 pm
Paul Ghun Kim, conductor

Indie folk troubadour Gregory Alan Isakov makes his first appearance with the Oregon Symphony. Renowned for his deeply lyrical and emotionally charged songs, he has a way of making concert halls feel like intimate living rooms with his hushed, moving music.


Lily Tomlin
Saturday, January 16 | 7:30 pm

One of America’s foremost comediennes, she’ll take you on a howlingly funny trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters—from Ernestine to Sister Boogie Woman, Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann. One night only. But what a night it’ll be!

Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Star Trek Into Darkness
Friday, February 12 | 7:30 pm
Erik Ochsner, conductor
Pacific Youth Choir

Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams’ riveting sequel, comes to the giant screen alongside the Oregon Symphony orchestra, performing Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score live to picture. With the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of super-villain, you’ll be left with just one word: KHAAANNNN!!


The Tenors
Sunday, February 14 | 7:30 pm

Back by popular demand—and a Valentine’s treat for sure—these four soaring voices will thrill you with their signature blend of classical and pop favorites, along with new material from their soon-to-be-released album, Under One Sky.


Igudesman and Joo: BIG Nightmare Music
Sunday, March 6 | 7:30 pm
Paul Ghun Kim, conductor

There’s no other way to say it: these guys will crack you up. Exquisite classical musicians and crackling wits, they’ve had audiences around the world rolling in the aisles. Their uproarious sketches are tailor-made for a symphony orchestra, drawing everyone into the act, from the concertmaster to the last percussionist. A concert that’s sure to be the talk of the town.


Back to the Future
Saturday, May 7  | 7:30 pm
Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Power up your DeLorean. Recharge your flux capacitor. And get ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie classic as you’ve never seen or heard it before! Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd star in this box office blockbuster on hi-def screen with the orchestra playing Alan Silvestri’s dazzling musical score live with the movie.


THE POPCORN PACKAGE—designed especially for film score lovers!

Patrons who purchase all four movie concerts—The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Back to the Future—as part of the Popcorn Package will receive a 10% discount.
The Popcorn Package may be purchased by phone: 503-228-1353.


A complete list of Oregon Symphony Presents 2015/16 Special Concerts can be viewed at:

There’s still time to get a 10% discount on these concerts!

Subscriptions to the Symphony’s Classical, Pops, and Kids series are still available by phone (503-228-1353), online at or in person at 909 SW Washington, Portland. These season subscriptions entitle subscribing patrons to a 10% discount on most Oregon Symphony Presents concerts.

For more information, go to or call the Ticket Office at 503-228-1353.

Oregon Symphony Presents believes in the pure, unadulterated power of music. All kinds of music. Live. On stage. Just for you.


Jim Fullan
Vice President/Communications, Marketing, Sales