August 9, 2016



Oregon Symphony's free Waterfront Concert

The Waterfront Concert—one of Portland’s favorite summer events and the largest free concert in the state—to be broadcast live for the second year in a row on All Classical Portland (KQAC 89.9 fm).

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – On September 1, the skies above Tom McCall Waterfront Park will once again light up following Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with military cannons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery. An expected audience of over 20,000 spectators will enjoy the dazzling fireworks finale and celebrate what is expected to be the largest-ever Waterfront Concert.

The Waterfront Concert begins this year at 12:30 pm with a stellar lineup designed to showcase artistic programs from around the region. The three-time Grammy-nominated Oregon Symphony musicians and Music Director Carlos Kalmar will take the stage at 7 pm. Radio audiences around the world will enjoy the Symphony concert, to be broadcast once again by All Classical Portland.

Special thanks go to the Waterfront Concert’s generous sponsors:  The City of Portland, NW Natural, All Classical Portland, Regional Arts and Culture Council/Work for Art, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, and KATU-TV.

Waterfront Concert
Thursday, September 1, 2016
(rain date if necessary: Friday, September 2)
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
1020 Naito Pkwy
Free to the public!

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


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



Complete program details as well as information on all the participating organizations and performers are available on the Symphony’s website:

With an expected audience of over 20,000, patrons who bring lawn chairs are asked to bring only chairs that sit low to the ground in order to preserve sightlines for patrons behind them. In addition to music all afternoon and evening, patrons will enjoy food carts and the chance to visit with many Portland arts groups who will have informational tables at the park.

The Waterfront Concert signals the opening of the music season in Portland and kicks off the Oregon Symphony’s 120th Anniversary Season which sports a firework-worthy September lineup, including the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China (September 7), Renée Fleming (September 10), Boyz II Men (September 13), The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest (September 17), Bluebeard’s Castle (September 24-26), and The Music of David Bowie (September 29).


Jim Fullan
Vice President/Communications, Marketing, Sales