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Colin Currie: 2015 Artist in Residence

Recognized for his “athletic percussionism, compulsive showmanship and deep musicality” (Guardian), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

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Colin's community appearances:

Tuesday 9/22/15

7 pm

Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan, Newberg

Ticketed: Solo performance
Chehalem Cultural Center

Wednesday 9/23/15

10 - 11 am

Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan,

Free: Interactive solo performance for students Chehalem Cultural Center

Thursday 9/24/15

7:30 - 9 pm

The Cleaners at Ace Hotel
403 SW 10th
(at Stark),

Free: Solo performance with readings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Claire Coffee (Grimm actor and Portland resident)

Saturday 9/26/15

1:15 -2 pm

PSU Farmer’s Market
SW Park & SW Montgomery

Free: Solo performance as well as pieces with the Oregon Symphony percussion section

Sunday 9/27/15

12 - 1 pm

Bamboo Revolution/ Coava Coffee
1300 SE Grand Ave.
(at Main St.),

Free: Colin on solo marimba while you sip a luscious cup of coffee in a collection of gorgeous bamboo 


From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000, Instrumentalist of the Year in 2014, and received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie has premiered works by composers such as Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Simon Holt, Alexander Goehr, Dave Maric, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. 

Currie recently was Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre where in autumn 2014 he was the focus of a major percussion festival “Metal, Wood, Skin” featuring a number of premieres.

This charismatic musician of many talents joins the Oregon Symphony in late September and, while he’s in town, will serve as the Oregon Symphony’s week-long Artist in Residence. He “plans on making a real impact across the community for and with the Oregon Symphony in a variety of events – some tried and tested and some new.”

For more information contact Monica Hayes at 503-416-6312 mhayes@orsymphony.org.

See Colin Currie perform MacMillan's Veni, veni, Emmanuel with the Oregon Symphony at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall September 26, 27 & 28, 2015

VIDEO: Colin Currie on his Artist in Residence with the Oregon Symphony