Oregon Symphony News Releases
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 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 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 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.