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April 2014

April 14, 2014

Oregon Symphony To Play At St. Mary’s Home For Boys, Duncan Elementary And Gilbert Heights Elementary  Regional students are in for a treat next week as the Oregon Symphony packs up its instruments, its music stands and its great musicians and heads out for a number of smaller stages throughout the nearby region with “Concerts on the Go” – much to the enjoyment of local schools and their students. 

April 9, 2014

Oregon Symphony Ends Its 2013/14 Season On High Notes With Joshua Bell, Chris Botti, Hugh Laurie And Mahler's Song Of The Earth  Whatever your musical tastes, you’ll find a concert to celebrate the end of the Oregon Symphony’s 2013/14 season in May. Portland’s homegrown Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti kicks off the month with a special performance of contemporary and timeless jazz, while classical music lovers will thrill to Gustav Mahler’s monumental Song of the Earth, with guest soloists Anthony Dean Griffey and Ruxandra Donose. Superstar violinist Joshua Bell returns to Portland to perform one of the most popular and beautiful violin concertos in the repertoire, and actor/musician Hugh Laurie sheds his Housecoat to round out the month with an evening of classic blues ranging from Jelly Roll Morton to Dr. John.

March 2014

March 28, 2014

2013/14 Ticket Sales Surpass $7 Million, Setting New Season Record  Interim Co-president and Chief Financial Officer Janet Plummer today announced that 2013/14 Oregon Symphony ticket sales have reached an all-time annual high. Surpassing the $7 million mark for the first time in company history, ticket sales are on track to provide over 50% of the company’s total season revenue. In tandem with ticket revenue, seats are also selling in record numbers and are expected to reach over 150,000 seats sold. Ten of this season’s concerts have been completely sold out. With two months and ten concert programs remaining in the season, total annual ticket sales are likely to reach $7.5 million.

March 20, 2014

Cellist Alban Gerhardt On The Loose In Portland  Internationally acclaimed cellist and classical music ambassador extraordinaire Alban Gerhardt will be back in town April 4-8 for concerts with the Oregon Symphony. But Alban doesn’t come into town just to play at the Schnitz! While he’s here he’ll be taking his friend Johann Sebastian Bach and his cello on the road, visiting schools, a retirement and memory care center, a hotel lobby, an inspirational garden, a newly established Cultural Center in the wine country, and an international non-profit headquarters.

March 10, 2014

Star-Studded April Lineup Includes Performances By Pink Martini, Movie Maestro John Williams And A Tribute To Norman Leyden  There’s a concert for every musical taste this month at the Oregon Symphony, from classical to the cosmopolitan world sounds of Pink Martini, from John Williams’ Oscar-winning film scores to video game soundtracks and much more. Artist-in-residence Alban Gerhardt performs Shostakovich’s second cello concerto and Pink Martini teams up with the Symphony to play selections from their just-released CD, Dream A Little Dream. April continues with a tribute to Laureate Associate Conductor Norman Leyden, featuring Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen; an out-of-this-world evening of music from the global hit video game franchise Final Fantasy; and a special benefit concert for the Symphony’s education and community engagement programs featuring Academy Award-winning composer John Williams conducting selections from some of his most famous film scores.

March 7, 2014

Symphony Adds Two Concerts To Its Season Lineup – John Williams Conducts A Special Benefit Concert Of Music From The Movies And A Tribute To Norman Leyden  Five-time Academy Award and 21-time Grammy Award winner John Williams makes a special appearance to lead the Oregon Symphony in an exciting benefit concert of music from the movies. The program will feature selections from some of his most popular and iconic film scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind and more. And the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall will come alive once again with the swinging music of the Big Band era when the Oregon Symphony salutes one of the finest people ever to grace our stage—Laureate Associate Conductor Norman Leyden.

February 2014

February 13, 2014

Hilary Hahn, Zakir Hussain And The Seattle Symphony Head Up An Eclectic March Mix  The Oregon Symphony roars into the month of March with a world tour of exciting music and performers, including acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn performing Carl Nielsen’s violin concerto, master tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and his Masters of Percussion, and a concert of spicy Argentinian tango music featuring the orchestra and Tango Pacifico with Seattle-based tango dancers Eva Lucero and Patricio Touceda. The Seattle Symphony also makes their Portland debut with music of John Luther Adams, Edgard and Claude Debussy, and rising young French pianist Bertrand Chamayou appears with the Symphony for the first time with Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

January 2014

January 31, 2014

Music Director Carlos Kalmar and The Oregon Symphony Announce the Orchestra’s 2014/15 Season Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony have announced the details of the Company’s 2014/15 season, which marks Kalmar’s 12th season at the artistic helm and the Oregon Symphony’s 119th year. The new season, which opens on September 27, 2014 and closes on May 18, 2015 is comprised (at press time) of 62 performances of 30 separate concert programs that span a wide variety of repertoire and genres, with Classical, Pops, and Kids concert series, as well as an exciting slate of Special concerts. It is anticipated that a variety of additional Special concerts will be added throughout the season.

January 10, 2014

Wynton Marsalis And Storm Large Headline Special February Concerts; Arnaldo Cohen Performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 The Oregon Symphony packs an eclectic array of music into the shortest month of the year as they welcome back Storm Large for a special celebration of Valentine’s Day. Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra return to Portland for a special concert featuring some of the world’s top jazz musicians, and Arnaldo Cohen rejoins the symphony for a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Other highlights include the Oregon Symphony debuts of British conductor Mark Wigglesworth and German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser.

December 2013

December 9, 2013

Itzhak Perlman And Emanuel Ax Return To Portland For Memorable Concerts In January; Concertmaster Sarah Kwak Makes Her Solo Oregon Symphony Debut The New Year starts in exciting fashion as two classical music superstars return to Portland for concerts this month: 7-time Grammy winner Emanuel Ax performs a rare doubleheader: Bach’s Concerto for Keyboard in D minor with Strauss’ Burleske for Piano and Orchestra; and violinist Itzhak Perlman presents a recital of favorite works for violin and piano. Concertmaster Sarah Kwak makes her solo concerto debut with Henryk Wieniawski’s beloved Violin Concerto No. 2, and Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik returns with a bevy of acclaimed jazz and blues artists for Red Hot Blues: A Symphonic Blues Experience.

November 2013

November 25, 2013

Limited Seating Available For Symphony’s Recording Session Of Copland’s Third Symphony When the Oregon Symphony puts the final touches on its third PentaTone CD under Music Director Carlos Kalmar, the audience will get the chance not only to be on that CD with their live ambiance and applause but also to learn some of the detailed complexity involved in recording symphonic music.

November 6, 2013

Oregon Symphony To Perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony And More At Special New Year’s Concerts The Oregon Symphony is bringing 2013 to a festive crescendo with two special performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on December 30 and 31 under the direction of Music Director Carlos Kalmar. The concert features soloists Angela Niederloh (mezzo-soprano), Carl Moe (tenor) and Richard Zeller (baritone), along with the Portland State University Chamber Choir, the Pacific Youth Choir and the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. The evening also includes music by a cavalcade of guest stars: Thomas Lauderdale on piano, director Gus Van Sant, and vocalists China Forbes, Storm Large (12/30 only), the von Trapps, and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana.

November 4, 2013

Celebrate December Holidays With The Oregon Symphony’s Eclectic Mix Of Classical Favorites And Seasonal Repertoire Join the Oregon Symphony in December for an exciting array of holiday and classical concerts! We are decking the hall this Christmas at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The month opens with a Holiday Pops concert featuring your favorite carols; Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä returns on a program with Tchaikovsky’s dramatic fourth symphony; a rousing Gospel Christmas celebration with the region’s premier gospel singers; and Natalie Cole returns to perform a very special Christmas concert. The month finishes with Comfort and Joy, a sparkling matinee featuring classical Christmas and holiday favorites.

October 2013

October 28, 2013

Symphony's Annual Meeting Includes Some Special News In Addition To Its Annual Business At its annual meeting, held this past weekend in the lobby of the Oregon Symphony's home, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the Symphony welcomed a crowd of over a hundred members, musicians, and staff. After welcoming the group, outgoing Board Chair Terry Pancoast shared some very welcome news – the three-year extension of Music Director Carlos Kalmar's contract.

October 4, 2013

Benjamin Britten And Brandi Carlile Lead The Oregon Symphony Parade In November  The Oregon Symphony opens the month of November by honoring the 100th birthday of British composer Benjamin Britten with his monumental War Requiem, featuring three choirs and internationally renowned soloists; Berlioz' rarely performed Romeo and Juliet anchors a Shakespeare-themed Classical concert; chart-topping folk-rock sensation Brandi Carlile returns to perform with the Oregon Symphony, while families can celebrate Thanksgiving at a unique Kids Concert featuring food-themed music and 17-year-old local violin sensation Byron Falop Liang. The month ends on a huge note as 13-year-old America's Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho brings her "Songs from the Silver Screen" concert to Portland for the first time.

September 2013

September 6, 2013

The Oregon Symphony In October:  The Oregon Symphony's eclectic programming continues to shine in October with a unique mix of Americana, jazz, classical, indie rock and an inspiring program for kids. The month begins with an evening of chart-smashing bluegrass, with Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, joined by singer Edie Brickell, and continues with a kids' concert celebrating superheroes and their music; a symphony by Schubert so great it's literally known as "The Great," a distinctively Portland program featuring three of the Pacific Northwest's top indie acts: Black Prairie, Holcombe Waller and Mirah; an evening of jazz love songs from rising star Tony DeSare; and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, a musical reflection of Joseph Stalin.

August 2013

August 14, 2013

The Oregon Symphony To Add A Musical Bow On The Portland Japanese Garden's 50th Birthday Present  The Oregon Symphony and the Portland Japanese Garden are teaming up to help make the Garden's 50th birthday as big as it deserves to be. To honor the Portland Japanese Garden's 50th Anniversary, the Oregon Symphony and Music Director Carlos Kalmar programmed a very special concert to open the 2013/14 Classical Concert season. The concert features a percussion concerto, From me flows what you call Time, by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, as well as Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade based on Eastern-inspired tales from One Thousand and One Nights.