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November 2015

November 5, 2015

Oregon Symphony Hires Leaders to Grow  President and CEO Scott Showalter announced today that the Oregon Symphony has made two senior hires: Steve Wenig as Vice President and General Manager, and Ellen Bussing as Vice President for Development. Wenig and Bussing will be charged with helping to build the programs and capacity of the Oregon Symphony, following the most successful year in its history. In 2014-15, the Oregon Symphony set records for the number of sold-out performances, total ticket revenue, numbers of new patrons and total patrons, total donations, numbers of new donors and total donors, and gala giving. Strategic plans call for growth in artistic and community programs to serve more of the citizens of Portland and Southwest Washington, Showalter noted.


October 2015

October 29, 2015

Celebrate December Holidays with the Oregon Symphony’s Exciting Mix of Seasonal Repertoire, Featuring Handel’s Messiah, Johnny Mathis, Home Alone, Rousing Gospel, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Not-To-Be-Missed Ode To Joy New Year Celebration with Special Guest Meow Meow  Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs a sold-out solo recital featuring three of J.S. Bach’s cello suites and music from Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Meanwhile, holiday music fills the air in December as the Oregon Symphony presents a sparkling array of concerts celebrating the season: Handel’s Messiah launches the month-long slate of exciting musical fare: Johnny Mathis presents an evening of his classic interpretations of Christmas favorites; the Northwest Gospel Choir returns for the seventeenth year of Gospel Christmas; the holiday film favorite Home Alone with the score played live; Comfort and Joy, designed for the entire family; and Portland’s newest classical music tradition, the New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and cabaret sensation Meow Meow, brings 2015 to a joyful close.

As part of the Symphony’s commitment to bring the joy of music to as many people as possible, musicians will add a special holiday cheer with return performances in two important venues—the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Salem and the St. Mary’s Home for Boys in Beaverton. Previous outings in these venues have been very special performances, for the audiences and for musicians.  

October 16, 2015

Sara Evans, Melissa Etheridge, and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Headline a Busy Month of November at the Symphony  November marks the Oregon Symphony’s first foray into country music as superstar Sara Evans joins the orchestra for an evening of symphonic arrangements of her greatest hits, while rocker Melissa Etheridge performs selections from her latest album, This is M. E. Pianist Kirill Gerstein returns to perform Rachmaninoff’s perennial favorite, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, while pianist and Mozart specialist Francisco Piemontesi makes his Symphony debut with Mozart’s last piano concerto. Also on tap: our first Kids Concert of the season takes the audience on a tour of the solar system, and Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik kicks off the holiday season with our rousing Holiday Pops concert.

September 2015

September 17, 2015

International Percussionist Colin Currie set to Begin a Busy Week as Oregon Symphony's Artist In Residence International percussionist Colin Currie begins his three-year tenure as the Oregon Symphony’s new Artist in Residence with a very busy schedule leading up to his September 26, 27, and 28 concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert where he will perform MacMillan’s Veni, veni, Emmanuel. The engaging and energetic Currie, also the Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, has performed with the Symphony on numerous occasions, establishing a solid fan base and developing a deep affection for Portland and its people. As the Artist in Residence, he is the organization’s ambassador-at-large, putting his artistic muscle and charismatic personality to work, helping the Symphony share the joy of music with as wide and as diverse a population as possible. To that end, he—along with a truckload of percussion instruments—will be performing in a variety of schools and public places during the week of September 21-28.

September 17, 2015

Lang Lang Headlines a Month of Stellar Performances In October that also includes Beethoven’s Eroica, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Broadway Favorites Superstar pianist Lang Lang returns to Portland to perform Edvard Grieg’s lush Piano Concerto in A minor, in what is sure to be a sold-out performance with the Oregon Symphony. Tim Burton’s macabre animation gets a fresh sound with the Symphony’s screening of his classic 1993 film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, complete with a live performance of Danny Elfman’s award-winning score. Other highlights include an evening of favorites from the American Songbook, sung by Lisa Vroman and Ron Raines; violinist Vadim Gluzman performing Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium, based on music from J. S. Bach’s Musical Offering, and a rare opportunity to see the harp take center stage, as Yolanda Kondonassis performs Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto.

August 2015

August 10, 2015

Waterfront Concert Leads a Spectacular List of September Concerts as Oregon Symphony Opens the 2015/16 Season The September 3 Waterfront Concert signals the opening of the music season in Portland and the 2015/16 Symphony season. And what a September it is! There’s something for everyone in the opening month which features its most eclectic offerings yet, with seven events ranging from Spanish classical guitarist Pablo Villegas performing Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un gentilhombre and Chinese acrobats to soul diva Patti LaBelle and acclaimed percussionist Colin Currie. Also on tap in September: an evening of Pink Floyd’s music arranged for symphony orchestra, accompanied by an eye-popping light show; and a fun-filled concert for the whole family featuring music from the Pokémon video game franchise.

August 5, 2015

Oregon Symphony’s Waterfront Concert – Set for September 3 – Will be Bigger than Ever The Waterfront Concert – one of Portland’s favorite summer events and the largest free concert in the state – to be broadcast live on All Classical Portland (KQAC 89.9 fm). 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 some 20,000 spectators will enjoy the dazzling fireworks finale and celebrate the largest-ever Waterfront Concert. The afternoon music festival begins at 1 pm with a stellar lineup of musicians and youth orchestras, with the Oregon Symphony performance beginning at 7 pm. Radio audiences around the world will enjoy the Symphony concert, thanks to the first-time-ever broadcast by All Classical Portland.