April 12, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAHLER’S SECOND SYMPHONY, STRAVINSKY’S PERSEPHONE
WITH SETS AND COSTUMES BY MICHAEL CURRY, UKULELE PHENOM
JAKE SHIMABUKURO, AND DISNEY IN CONCERT CONCLUDE
RECORD-BREAKING OREGON SYMPHONY SEASON


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The Oregon Symphony winds up its season with a concert lineup sure to amaze and delight audiences of all ages and tastes. The final SoundSights concert features Stravinsky’s ballet Persephone, with puppets and sets by world-renowned designer Michael Curry, and the final Classical Series concert presents Gustav Mahler’s epic Second Symphony, featuring expanded orchestra, vocal soloists, and three of Portland State University’s finest choirs. Also on tap: an evening of Disney’s finest film music, performed live with clips from several smash animated movies, and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro brings his iconoclastic playing and musical style to the Symphony for an evening of hit covers and original compositions for ukulele and orchestra.

DISNEY IN CONCERT: A DREAM IS A WISH
FRIDAY, MAY 5

When and Where: May 5 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh

The Program: The magic of Disney comes to life once again in A Dream is a Wish, transporting audiences into the musical worlds of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog, Pocahontas, and more. With original film footage, singers, and sweeping scores performed by the Oregon Symphony orchestra, audiences will discover that dreams really do come true!

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Disney in Concert: disneyconcerts.com/iptitles/a-dream-is-a-wish/

Tickets: begin at $30 and can be purchased online at orsymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (Monday–Saturday, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Monday–Friday, 10 am–9 pm; Saturday 10 am–6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

PERSEPHONE
SATURDAY, MAY 13
SUNDAY, MAY 14
MONDAY, MAY 15

When and Where: May 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Portland State Chamber Choir; *Pacific Youth Choir, *Paul Groves, tenor, *Pauline Cheviller, narrator; *Michael Curry, designer & staging director

The Program:           

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, Op. 17, “Little Russian”
*Stravinsky: Perséphone

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Paul Groves: opus3artists.com/artists/paul-groves
On Pauline Cheviller: agencesartistiques.com/Fiche-Artiste/271888-pauline-cheviller.html
On Michael Curry: michaelcurrydesign.com
On the Portland State Chamber Choir: psuchamberchoir.com
On the Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.org

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at orsymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (Monday–Saturday, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Monday–Friday, 10 am–9 pm; Saturday 10 am–6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 2
SATURDAY, MAY 20
SUNDAY, MAY 21
MONDAY, MAY 22

When and Where: May 20 at 7:30 pm, May 21 at 2 pm, and May 22 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Tamara Wilson, soprano; *Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano; *Portland State Chamber Choir; *Portland State Man Choir; *Vox Femina

The Program:           

*Mahler: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Tamara Wilson: tamarawilsonsoprano.com
On Elizabeth DeShong: elizabethdeshong.com
On the Portland State Chamber Choir: psuchamberchoir.com
On the Man Choir: pdx.edu/music/ensembles#men-women
On Vox Femina: pdx.edu/music/ensembles#men-women

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at orsymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (Monday–Saturday, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Monday–Friday, 10 am–9 pm; Saturday 10 am–6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

JAKE SHIMABUKURO
TUESDAY, MAY 23

When and Where: May 23 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; *Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele

The Program: Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro, who shot to international fame with his virtuosic covers of “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” joins the Oregon Symphony to perform his many fan favorites plus original works, including songs from his latest album, Nashville Sessions.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Jake Shimabukuro: jakeshimabukuro.com/home/

Tickets: begin at $35 and can be purchased online at orsymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (Monday–Saturday, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Monday–Friday, 10 am–9 pm; Saturday 10 am–6  pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every 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 May.

Classical Up Close
The musicians of the Oregon Symphony have become known for their annual spree of free performances throughout the region. These performances, scheduled from April 22 to May 7, feature great performances in settings of all kinds, from sidewalks to libraries and churches. Post-performance Q & A sessions provide the opportunity to get to know musicians and what their lives are like. For a complete listing of performances, visit http://www.classicalupclose.org.

Thursday, May 4, 10:30 am–noon
Carnegie Hall Link Up Concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

5,400 students make their Oregon Symphony debut, playing and singing along with the orchestra in the Link Up concert “The Orchestra Rocks.” Students and teachers from four school districts have been getting ready for this concert all year long.

The students will sing along with “The Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s opera  Il trovatore and Orff’s “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana. They will play recorder along with Holst’s “Mars” from The Planets and a Russian folk song, based on a theme from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 which the Oregon Symphony will perform. The audience is prepared to clap and stomp along with the driving beats of Stravinsky’s “Dance of the Adolescents” from The Rite of Spring andCabaniss’ “Drumlines,” featuring David Douglas High School’s drumline. 

Tuesday, May 23, 7–7:20 pm
Jake Shimabukuro Concert Prelude

Prior to Jake Shimabukuro’s 7:30 pm concert, 25 members of The Ridgeline Ukulele Extravaganza from Ridgeline Montessori School in Eugene will perform in the lobby to welcome the audience as they enter the concert hall. Their music teacher, Jon Labrousse, states “the students are preparing now to honor this amazing young musician and can’t wait to share their love of ukulele repertoire with him and his audience.”

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

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