Oregon Symphony News Releases
October 30, 2014
Cellist Alban Gerhardt Joins Oregon Symphony for his Third and Final Year as Artist In Residence Internationally acclaimed cellist and classical music ambassador extraordinaire Alban Gerhardt will be back in town November 10-17 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, arts and cultural centers, The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, the University of Portland, as well as a few places that he decides on the spur of the moment.
October 6, 2014
Esperanza Spalding Joins Oregon Symphony’s Ode To Joy New Year’s Celebration The Oregon Symphony’s new New Year’s tradition just took a sassy turn. This year’s special guest for the annual Ode to Joy New Year’s Celebration is none other than Portland native, four-time Grammy winner and jazz sensation Esperanza Spalding! The double bassist, whose prodigious talents have been heralded by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Marie Claire among countless others, makes her debut with the Oregon Symphony. She’ll be joined by her mentor and local jazz hero Thara Memory.
September 29, 2014
The Oregon Symphony Presents Music Legends Tony Bennett and Bernadette Peters in November, along with The Capitol Steps, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and Gershwin’s Concerto in F November features the most eclectic range of Oregon Symphony concerts yet, beginning with renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F, the most popular American piano concerto; on Election Day the Capitol Steps bring their wickedly funny and unique take on politics to the Rose City; and the following evening the incomparable Tony Bennett takes the stage for an evening of timeless songs, accompanied by his daughter, singer Antonia Bennett. Kids and their families will enjoy swashbuckling adventures on the high seas with the first Kids’ Concert of the season (“Pirates”), and Artist in Residence Alban Gerhardt returns to perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major. Theatre icon Bernadette Peters sings an evening of Broadway classics, and fans of Disney films will enjoy a Pops concert of blockbuster hits from Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King and more.
September 22, 2014
Oregon Symphony President Selected for National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program National Arts Strategies has announced that Oregon Symphony President and CEO Scott Showalter has been chosen to join its Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture. Selected from a competitive recruitment process that included applications from leaders in 32 states and 13 different countries, he and 49 other executives will work with National Arts Strategies over the next year to lead change throughout the arts and culture sector.
September 3, 2014
Violin and Guitar Concertos plus Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits On Tap at the Oregon Symphony in October Classical music brackets the Oregon Symphony’s concerts in October, beginning with Erich Korngold’s lushly romantic Violin Concerto conducted by Oregon Symphony favorite Michael Francis and performed by rising Dutch violinist, Simone Lamsma; in mid-month Tony-nominated vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway performs an evening of signature classics made famous by Barbra Streisand, and Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas makes his Oregon Symphony debut with an audience favorite, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
August 12, 2014
Band, Baton and Baseball Make Beautiful Music Together! Carlos Kalmar strikes up the band for the Hillsboro Hops. On Aug. 24, one of America ’s outstanding maestros will stand not on a podium, but on a ball field. The ensemble he’ll be leading isn’t a group of symphony players … but the marching band equivalent of the Bad News Bears.
August 8, 2014
Oregon Symphony and Musicians Agree to One-Year Contract Extension
With a musician contract set to expire in late August, new President and CEO Scott Showalter made it his first priority to join the musicians and their union at the bargaining table. The parties met just days after his arrival and agreed to a contract extension until September, 2015. During this time, musician salaries will remain at current levels.
August 7, 2014
All Tickets To The Oregon Symphony’s 2014/15 Season Go On Sale Saturday! On Saturday, August 9, the Oregon Symphony figuratively swings open the doors to its entire 2014/15 season. The literal doors to the Ticket Office may not open until Monday morning, but the website will be activated for sales beginning at 12:01 am, Saturday.
July 31, 2014
Oregon Symphony’s Waterfront Concert Returns—Bigger And Better Than Ever Before! Oregon Symphony Music Director Carlos Kalmar and President/CEO Scott Showalter this week revealed details about the upcoming August 28 Waterfront Concert that highlight the event’s spectacular return. Those details paint a vastly expanded Waterfront Concert that includes a new start time of 2:30 pm rather than the traditional 5:00 pm along with an entertainment lineup that spotlights many of the City’s other musical organizations.
July 24, 2014
Oregon Symphony Wins Oregon Community Foundation Grant to Deepen Connections with Schools And Students Oregon Symphony President and CEO Scott Showalter today announced a new musical education partnership with the David Douglas School District, thanks to funding from The Oregon Community Foundation’s Studio to School initiative.
July 23, 2014
Oregon Symphony Mourns The Death Of Laureate Associate Conductor Norman Leyden Norman Leyden, Laureate Associate Conductor of the Oregon Symphony died today at the age of 96.
July 22, 2014
The Oregon Symphony’s September Lineup Features An Eclectic Selection Of Concerts To Open 2014-15 Season The Oregon Symphony launches its 2014-15 season with seven concerts that showcase the orchestra’s wide-ranging talents and renowned solo artists from a diverse range of music genres: jazz legend Herbie Hancock and his quartet; pop/alternative rockers Trey Anastasio from Phish and Ben Folds of Ben Folds Five; singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile; banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, who performs his banjo concerto, The Impostor; and two classical music superstars – violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and pianist Arnaldo Cohen – who will play audience favorites by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.
July 3, 2014
Oregon Symphony In July For the first time in a long while, the Oregon Symphony lights up the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in the summertime, although the Oregon Symphony orchestra is still on its annual summer break. It may be hot inside as well as outside when rocker Chris Isaak and his band hit the stage!