February 13, 2004
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Portland, Ore. … Vocalist Shirley Nanette, Eileen Ivers and her band Immigrant Soul and “Classical Mystery Tour” with musicians from the blockbuster hit “Beatlemania” top the bill for the Oregon Symphony’s 2004-2005 Pops season. The Pops series will also include an all-new Portland production of “Yuletide Celebration,” the highly popular holiday concert that’s become an annual holiday tradition, the exciting and innovative Trio Voronezh and an evening of songs made famous by some of Broadway’s most memorable divas.
This year’s Pops concerts will be conducted by a group of talented stars within the pops music scene. They include Jeff Tyzik, Charles Prince and Michael Krajewski, whom audiences will remember from their past Symphony appearances, as well as conductors David Wiley, Bruce Hangen, who will be making their Oregon debuts.
The season kicks off with a walk down the Great White Way with a salute to the great divas of Broadway, from Ethel Merman to Kristen Chenoweth. This concert, led by Wiley, will feature six singers of all ages performing signature hits made famous by some of Broadway’s most unforgettable female stars.
The 2004-05 Holiday Pops concert features the return of what is fast becoming a Portland tradition, the ever-popular “Yuletide Celebration,” a multi-media theatrical production that includes lavish costumes and sets, show-stopping choreography and virtuoso soloists. Due to increased audience demand, there will be an extra evening performance added to the schedule. In addition, this year the Symphony will present its own production of Yuletide with all-new sets and costumes, a dazzling array of both national and local talent, and exciting new segments, as well as the return of audience favorites including the chorus line of tap dancing Santas.
In January 2005 audiences will see the Fab Four live, as “Classical Mystery Tour” gets underway. Performed by veterans of the & #8216;70s smash hit “Beatlemania,” these musicians look and sound just like the Beatles in a show featuring 30 of the Beatles’ immortal hits from early songs through the solo years performed exactly as they were written.
February celebrates sweethearts with a Valentines evening of love songs as the Symphony, under Hangen’s direction, presents classic romantic pop standards from Broadway and beyond, sung by Broadway stars soprano Lisa Vroman, who starred in “Phantom of the Opera,” and baritone Mark Kudisch.
Eileen Ivers, musical star of Riverdance and a nine time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion comes to Portland in March with her band Immigrant Soul for a special evening of Celtic fiddle music. Acclaimed by critics and musicians alike, Ivers is one of today’s most accomplished Celtic fiddlers. “She never misses to bring a pops audience to its feet with thunderous ovations,” says composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch.
In April the Pops series concludes with Trio Voronezh who will take you on a trip “To Russia With Love.” Founded in 1993, Trio Voronezh’s repertoire ranges from the classical works of Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Schubert to Russian folk music and popular tunes, all played on ethnic Russian instruments.
The Oregon Symphony Pops series features popular music at its best. The series is comprised of seven subscription concerts running from October 2004 through April 2005. Performance times are Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, located in downtown Portland at the corner of S.W. Main and Broadway.
Subscriptions for the Pops series (seven concerts) range from $126 to $441 and may be purchased at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office in downtown Portland at 923 S.W. Washington, or charged by phone at 503-228-1353 or (800) 228-7343, weekdays (and Saturdays from September through May) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Subscription orders may also be placed online at www.orsymphony.org. Pops subscribers receive full subscription benefits, including flexible ticket exchange and advance purchase for Special Events concerts at a discount. Single tickets for Pops and other Symphony concerts will be available to the general public at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 16, 2004.