August 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OREGON SYMPHONY’S 120TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
KICKS OFF WITH STAR-STUDDED LINEUP:
RENÉE FLEMING, BOYZ II MEN, MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE, SHANGHAI ACROBATS AND BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE WITH SETS BY DALE CHIHULY


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The Waterfront Concert on September 1 opens the Symphony’s 120th season with a month full of exciting performances to delight both the eyes and the ears. The award-winning Shanghai Acrobats return, along with superstar Renée Fleming and four-time R&B Grammy winner Boyz II Men. Fans of the Legend of Zelda series will welcome the newest installment in Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest, and legendary musician/artist David Bowie’s music gets symphonic treatment in The Music of David Bowie. The Classical Series opens September 24 with a semi-staged concert performance of Bartók’s only opera, Bluebeard’s Castle, with sets designed by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1
WATERFRONT CONCERT

When and Where: Sept. 1 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 Naito Parkway. Afternoon music festival begins at 12:30 pm, with the Oregon Symphony performance at 7 pm. Rain date if necessary: Friday, Sept. 2.

The Program: Enjoy a variety of musical acts all afternoon long (beginning at 12:30 pm) before the Oregon Symphony and friends take the stage at 7 pm. In keeping with tradition, the concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with live cannons and fireworks.

The Performers and Programs:

12:30 – 1:00 pm The Cabin Project
1:00 – 2:00 pm Edna Vazquez with BRAVO Youth Orchestra
2:00 – 2:30 pm Third Angle
2:30 – 3:15 pm Metropolitan Youth Symphony
3:15 – 3:45 pm FearNoMusic
3:45 – 4:15 pm Kevin Burke/Greg Ewer, Irish fiddle music
4:15 – 5:00 pm Stephanie Schneiderman & Tony Furtado, vocals and guitar
5:00 – 5:45 pm Portland Youth Philharmonic
6:00 – 6:30 pm Portland Taiko
7:00 – 9:30 pm Oregon Symphony (including selections by
Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Opera
)
Nightfall Fireworks

The Waterfront Concert will also be broadcast live on All Classical Portland (KQAC 89.9 fm)

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7
SHANGHAI ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

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

The Performers: Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program: The Shanghai Acrobats debut a brand new show, “Shanghai Nights,” an eye-popping display of physical virtuosity. The show features more than 100 of China’s top acrobats who blend breath-taking excitement with artistry and elegance. The stories presented are told through the beauty of movement, music, and color, each highlighting the wonderfully diverse nature of the city of Shanghai.

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Shanghai Acrobats of the PRC: cami.com/?webid=2476

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, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-9 pm; and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10
RENÉE FLEMING

When and Where: Sept. 10 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Renée Fleming, soprano

The Program:

*R. Strauss: Four Last Songs
*Massenet: “Allons! Adieu notre petite table” from Manon
*Saint-Saëns: La Soirée en mer
*O. Straus: “Je t’aime quand même” from Les Trois Valses
*Rodgers/Hammerstein: Selections from The King and I
And many others to be announced from the stage

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Renée Fleming: reneefleming.com

Tickets: begin at $65 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-9 pm; and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 13
BOYZ II MEN

When and Where: Sept. 13 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; *Boyz II Men, vocals

The Program: Back by popular demand, one of the world’s most iconic R&B groups in pop music history returns to the Oregon Symphony with some of its greatest hits, such as “One Sweet Day,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “On Bended Knee,” “End of the Road” and “Water Runs Dry.”

What’s So Special About This Concert:

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

Tickets: begin at $40 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-9 pm; and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES – MASTER QUEST

When and Where: Sept. 17 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Amy Andersson and the Pacific Youth Choir

The Program: Journey to Hyrule and celebrate The Legend of Zelda with “Master Quest,” the next chapter of the multi-media Symphony of the Goddesses tour. Master Quest features favorite moments from the franchise’s 30-year history, along with never-before performed scores accompanied by larger-than-life images from the latest Zelda release, Tri Force Heroes.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On The Legend of Zelda: zelda-symphony.com
On Amy Andersson: amyanderssonconductor.com
On the Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.org

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-9 pm; and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24
SUNDAY, SEPT. 25
MONDAY, SEPT. 26
BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE

When and Where: Sept. 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Viktoria Vizin, mezzo-soprano; *Gábor Bretz, bass. Directed by Mary Birnbaum, with glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly
           
The Program:

Rogerson: WORLD PREMIERE (an Oregon Symphony commission to celebrate the 120th Anniversary)
Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 300a (297), “Paris”
*Bartók:  Bluebeard’s Castle

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Viktoria Vizin: viktoriavizin.com
On Gábor Bretz: imgartists.com/artist/gbor_bretz
On Dale Chihuly: chihuly.com
On Mary Birnbaum: marybirnbaum.com
On Chris Rogerson: chrisrogerson.com

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-9 pm; and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

THURSDAY, SEPT 29
THE MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE

When and Where: Sept. 29 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Brent Havens; Tony Vincent, vocals
           
The Program: The Music of David Bowie features songs that span the whole of David Bowie’s innovative, eclectic five-decade career, including “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl” and many more.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On The Music of David Bowie: www.windbornemusic.com
On Brent Havens: windbornemusic.com/bios_brenthavens.php
On Tony Vincent: tonyvincent.com/pages/latest_news/

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, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-9 pm; and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm and beginning in September, Saturday 10 am-6 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 the concert hall. Here are a few of the things happening in that arena during the month of September.

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

Season subscriptions, including the popular Choose Your Own packages and Gift Cards, are still available through the Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353.

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Jim Fullan
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503-416-6347
jfullan@orsymphony.org

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