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Oregon Symphony Presents’ slate of wildly varied Special Concerts combines stars of all kinds, from classical and jazz to contemporary and indie-rock, with the Oregon Symphony, and offers unexpected programs that may celebrate film scores, video game music, or comedy.





  La La Land in Concert

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Oregon Repertory Singers

Experience the original musical film like never before with a live symphony orchestra! Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Original Score, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

La La Land © 2017 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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  Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:30 pm

A night with the co-founder and ringleader of the legendary Steely Dan. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Donald Fagen and his new band promise songs from his celebrated solo albums, Steely Dan hits, plus “some swell surprises.”

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  George Takei

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• George Takei, narrator

Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Takemitsu: Twill by Twilight
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Liszt: Les préludes
Gould: American Salute
• Copland: Lincoln Portrait

Best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in Star Trek and now renowned as a social justice/media mega-star, Takei makes his Oregon Symphony debut as emcee of our opening night and joins a legendary list of narrators of Copland’s emotional work. A concert certain to get the 2017/18 Classical Season off to a grand, classically American start.

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  Angélique Kidjo with the Oregon Symphony

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:30 pm

Gast Waltzing, conductor

Grammy-winning superstar Angélique Kidjo is “Africa’s premier diva” (Time), and she’s bringing her powerful voice to the Oregon Symphony for her all-time favorites, filled with joyous rhythms and irresistible groove. One night only!

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  The Music of Led Zeppelin

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 7:30 pm

Brent Havens, conductor
Randy Jackson, vocals

A spectacular Oregon Symphony tribute to powerhouse Led Zeppelin, with the help of a blazing hot rock band and vocalist Randy Jackson! Rock out to classic hits like “Heartbreaker,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

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  Amos Lee

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee joins the Oregon Symphony for songs from his latest album, Spirit. Marrying modern rhythms with classic instrumentation, the self-produced album was inspired by Lee’s recent collaborations with orchestras, and may just be his biggest creative leap yet.

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  Paul Anka – Celebrating 60 Years of Hits – His Way

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 7:30 pm

Legendary entertainer Paul Anka performs his timeless favorites – the love anthems for an entire generation – that will have today’s audience swooning. “Diana,” “You Are My Destiny,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” and so many more.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition on a giant screen, while the Oregon Symphony orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING'S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

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  Take Me to the River – A Memphis Soul, Rhythm & Blues Revue

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:30 pm

A live concert journey into the soul of American music with William Bell, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, Al Kapone, the Hi Rhythm Section, and the Stax Alumni Band.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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The Music of Michael Jackson

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:30 pm

Brent Havens, conductor
James Delisco, vocals

The Oregon Symphony, a full rock band, and an electrifying vocalist team up to take you through hit after hit from the King of Pop! With “I’ll Be There,” “Thriller,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and many more, you’ll rock the night away as we celebrate Michael Jackson’s multi-platinum career.

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  The Tenors Christmas

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

The powerhouse trio returns, this time using their soaring voices to get your holiday season off to an electrifying start. They sold out the Schnitz in their last time with us. No wonder. Their charm and diverse vocal styles thrill audiences wherever they go around the globe.

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  Mannheim Steamroller

Friday, November 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

Since 1984, Mannheim Steamroller’s distinctive blend of acoustic and synthesized sounds has been a hallmark of the holiday season. Now, members of the Oregon Symphony join forces with the world’s top Christmas recording ensemble to perform their contemporary twists on Yuletide classics.

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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:30 pm

Bill Murray, vocals
Jan Vogler, cello
Mira Wang, violin
Vanessa Perez, piano

In the latest phase of his multi-faceted career, acclaimed actor – and now narrator and singer – Bill Murray teams up with cellist Jan Vogler for a rare live appearance, bringing his charisma to American songs, poetry, and prose, alongside a dose of spirited chamber music.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Gospel Christmas

Friday, December 8, 2017, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4 pm

Charles Floyd, conductor
Gary Hemenway, music director
Northwest Community Gospel Choir

This 19-year tradition keeps getting bigger and better. The region’s premier gospel singers and the Oregon Symphony orchestra will have you on your feet, clapping and shouting, celebrating the true spirit of the season. Don’t miss out on this exhilarating experience!

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  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Get into the swing of things with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, whose high-energy, deliriously fun shows have entertained sold-out crowds around the world. Now they join the Oregon Symphony orchestra for an evening of spirited flair that’s sure to have you singing and dancing all night long!

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  Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Oregon Chorale

Light holiday classics, seasonal favorites, and a very merry sing-along make for a jubilant evening shared with friends.

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  Pink Martini New Year’s Extravaganza

Saturday, December 30, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 31, 2017, 7 pm & 10:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Could there be a better way to ring in the New Year than with Pink Martini and the Oregon Symphony? Especially when Pink Martini has a brand new CD – Je Dis Oui! – in its arsenal. And, in keeping with our Ode to Joy tradition, the concert will include the full-throated final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth.

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  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in Concert

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Members of Pacific Youth Choir

Come along for a swashbuckling adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow, his motley crew, and the entire Oregon Symphony orchestra! Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley, the action-packed Curse of the Black Pearl sets mystery, intrigue, swords, and treasure to a live performance of Klaus Badelt’s thrilling musical score based on themes of Hans Zimmer. 

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.

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  Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 7:30 pm

Arnie Roth, conductor
Portland State Chamber Choir

Don’t miss this unique multimedia experience, with breathtaking HD video and stirring musical selections from 30 years of FINAL FANTASY – a feast for the eyes and the ears!


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  A Johnny Mathis Valentine

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh and Scott Lavender, conductors

Valentine’s Day becomes even more special when the iconic crooner joins the orchestra for an evening of romantic hits.

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  The Fab Four

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:30 pm

It’s the ultimate Beatles tribute! Don’t miss the Emmy Award-winning Fab Four in note-for-note renditions of classics like “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude.” With their uncanny precision to detail and costume changes to represent every Beatles era, you’ll swear you’re watching the real thing!

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Jurassic Park in Concert

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2 pm

One of the most exhilarating science fiction adventures ever made, Jurassic Park transports audiences to a wondrous island theme park of cloned dinosaurs – what could possibly go wrong? Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic scores performed live by the Oregon Symphony, the only thing more thrilling might be Jurassic Park itself!

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  Garrison Keillor: Just Passing Through

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

For decades, storyteller, writer, and humorist Garrison Keillor charmed millions as host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. Now he returns to Portland for a one-night-only solo performance, weaving his signature wit and wisdom into tales of the Midwest, Lake Wobegon, and the modern American life.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Yuja Wang

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:30 pm

This breathtaking pianist wows audiences around the globe with her intense power and exceptional stage presence. Her stylistic music-making, along with what the Los Angeles Times calls her “brilliant keyboard virtuosity,” never fails to thrill both piano lovers and newcomers alike.

Presented in partnership with Portland Piano International’s Solo Piano Series. The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

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  Chris Botti

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 7:30 pm

The jazz-pop powerhouse returns to dazzle his hometown fans with the shimmering tone, cool riffs, and mesmerizing ballads that have made him one of the most successful performers in smooth jazz.

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  Audra McDonald

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:30 pm

Andy Einhorn, conductor
Audra McDonald, vocals

The Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning Broadway legend brings her incomparable voice to a one-night-only performance with the Oregon Symphony for an evening of favorite show tunes, classic film songs, and original pieces written especially for her.

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