Oregon Symphony

 

Classical Series Concerts

With spectacular artistry, international soloists, and not-to-be-missed collaborations with some of the finest artists, the Oregon Symphony is the premier stop for classical music concerts and events in Portland.

Tickets to 2016/17 Classical concerts are on sale now. The 2017/18 Classical Series begins in September and is available by subscription only until August.


  Persephone SoundSights concert

Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Monday, May 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Michael Curry, designer and staging director
• Paul Groves, tenor
• Pauline Cheviller, Persephone (narrator)
• Anna Marra, Persephone (dancer)
• Portland State University Chamber Choir
• Members of Pacific Youth Choir

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”
• Stravinsky: Persephone

He’s worked with The Walt Disney Company, Cirque du Soleil, and the Olympics, and now Michael Curry brings his exhilarating stage magic to our performance of Stravinsky’s most tender work and the mythic story of the origin of the seasons.

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  Mahler’s Symphony No. 2

Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 2 pm
Monday, May 22, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Tamara Wilson, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo soprano
Portland State Chamber Choir, Man Choir, and Vox Femina

Mahler: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”

Like Beethoven’s Ninth which inspired it, Mahler’s massive Second Symphony explodes the symphonic genre. The monumental sweep of this groundbreaking soundscape miraculously encompasses life, death, and resurrection. What an epic way to end the 120th Anniversary Season!

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  Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

September 23, 24, 25, 2017

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Augustin Hadelich, violin

• Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Gould: Stringmusic
Balakirev/Casella: Islamey

Beethoven’s iconic violin concerto, full of delicate and demanding virtuosity, is a perfect vehicle for violinist Augustin Hadelich, of whom The Washington Post declares, “The essence of Hadelich’s playing is beauty… and thereby revealing something from a plane beyond ours.”

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  Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony

October 14, 15, 16, 2017

Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
• Johannes Moser, cello

Angela da Ponte: The Rising Sea
• Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich’s most popular symphony, created when he and his country were under extreme duress, is one of the most soulful and gripping symphonies of all time. Add Saint-Saëns’ cello concerto performed by one of the finest young cellists today, and you’ve got an evening that will be long remembered.

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  Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony

October 28, 29, 30, 2017

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Symphonic Movements (World premiere)
• Barber: Piano Concerto
Schubert (arr. Gülke): Andante from Symphony No. 10
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Mozart’s momentous final symphony, nicknamed “Jupiter” for a grandeur and exuberance unlike any symphony previously written, is paired with Barber’s stunning piano concerto performed by the incomparable Garrick Ohlsson. A world premiere from British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage rounds out the program.

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  Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue   The Sounds of Home

November 4, 5, 6, 2017

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Kirill Gerstein, piano

Luis Alfaro, playwright
• Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Chris Rogerson: Commission/World premiere
• Schoenberg: Piano Concerto

Gershwin’s legendary work revolutionized classical music with its jazzy riffs, clarinet wails, and blue notes. Symphony favorite Kirill Gerstein, hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most respected pianists of his generation” stuns not only with this epic work, but also Schoenberg’s – a rare and special two-concerto program. A powerful theatrical presentation adds a stunning visual dimension.

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  Beethoven’s Second Symphony

November 18, 19, 20, 2017

Johannes Debus, conductor
• St. Lawrence String Quartet

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
• John Adams: Absolute Jest
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber

Discover another side of Beethoven in his second symphony, full of cheerful energy and humor. We also welcome the renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet who join the orchestra for our performance of John Adams’ intriguing string quartet concerto.

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  André Watts Plays Grieg

December 2, 3, 4, 2017

Leo Hussain, conductor
• André Watts, piano

Kokkonen: Symphonic Sketches
• Grieg: Piano Concerto
Sibelius: Valse triste
Nielsen: Symphony No. 5

All the ingredients for a perfect winter’s night of music with a Scandinavian-themed evening. Powerhouse pianist André Watts returns to play Grieg’s magnificent piano concerto.

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  Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring   The Sounds of Home

January 13, 14, 15, 2018

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Elina Vähälä, violin
* Matthew Haber, multimedia designer

Haydn: Symphony No. 70
• Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2
* Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

Stravinsky’s 1913 ballet score, still as fresh, wild, and primal today as it was 100 years ago when it caused a riot at its Paris premiere, is now considered one of the most influential works of the last century, performed now with a spectacular video presentation.

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  Brahms’ First Symphony

January 27, 28, 29, 2018

David Danzmayr, conductor
• Benjamin Beilman, violin

Detlev Glanert: Concertgeblaas (Concert Blaring)
• Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

“The piece that took on history and won,” according to The Guardian, Brahms’ First Symphony took almost 20 years to write. Well worth the wait, it brilliantly demonstrates Brahms’ amazing melodic and orchestral prowess.

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  Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique

February 10, 11, 12, 2018

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Natasha Paremski, piano

Piston: Symphony No. 7
• Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique”

“The best thing I ever composed or shall compose,” declared Tchaikovsky of his final symphony. Its nickname translates most accurately as “passionate,” and passion is what you’ll feel throughout this gorgeously melodic, emotional piece.

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  Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony

February 24, 25, 26, 2018

Norman Huynh, conductor
• Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Barber: Essay No. 2
• Franck: Symphonic Variations
• R. Strauss: Burleske
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Widely considered Sibelius’ finest symphony, this stunning music showcases the composer’s affinity for nature, particularly the famous horn theme inspired by a flock of flying swans.

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  Verdi’s Requiem

March 10, 11, 12, 2018

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Portland Symphonic Choir
Amber Wagner, soprano
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano
Dimitri Pittas, tenor
Raymond Aceto, bass

Verdi: Requiem

Verdi’s Requiem combines the dramatic thrust of opera with powerful symphonic music, and vocal solos and choruses of breathtaking emotional intensity.

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  Brahms’ Violin Concerto

March 17, 18, 19, 2018

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Vadim Gluzman, violin

Dvořák: The Water Goblin
Hanson: Symphony No. 4 (Requiem)
• Brahms: Violin Concerto

One of the greatest violin concertos ever written, Brahms’ work is a stunning display of the violin’s emotional and virtuosic qualities. A colleague of Brahms exclaimed, “It is a concerto for violin against the orchestra – and the violin wins!”

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  Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe

April 7, 8, 9, 2018

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Colin Currie, percussion
* Portland State Chamber Choir, Man Choir,
and Vox Femina

• Andy Akiho: Percussion Concerto
Commission/World premiere
* Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe (complete)

A rare opportunity to hear Ravel’s complete score for his 1912 ballet. Widely regarded as his finest orchestral music, Ravel’s self-titled “choreographic symphony” is full of passion and the gorgeous, color-saturated harmonies of French Impressionism.

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  Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

April 21, 22, 23, 2018

Jérémie Rhorer, conductor
• Sarah Kwak, violin

Guillaume Connesson: Supernova (Cosmic Trilogy, Part III)
• Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony)

Saint-Saëns’ most popular symphony combines a full orchestra, the emotional quality of a tone poem, and the majestic sound of the organ. So powerful is the grand finale that it’s been adapted by film composers, Disney World, and pop musicians alike. Our concertmaster has performed around the world, and we are honored to feature her on her home stage.

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  Joshua Bell   The Sounds of Home

May 12, 13, 14, 2018

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Joshua Bell, violin
* Measha Brueggergosman, soprano

Hindemith: News of the Day Overture
• Bernstein: Serenade
* Gabriel Kahane: Commission/World premiere

The world’s most famous violinist returns to the Oregon Symphony to perform Bernstein’s Serenade, often described as a “love piece” by the composer. Brooklynite singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane (son of classical pianist Jeffrey Kahane) makes his Oregon Symphony debut with the world premiere of his composition.

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  Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

May 19, 20, 21, 2018

Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Capping the season with a triumphant Mahler symphony has become Oregon’s favorite sendoff to summer. Mahler’s “Song of the Night” is guaranteed to leave you on a rousing note, as day overtakes night in the astonishingly exuberant final movement.

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