Oregon Symphony News Releases
June 5, 2007
Oregon Symphony announces new development leadership
The Oregon Symphony Association has announced today the appointment of Leslie Tuomi as Vice President for Development, effective July 1, 2007. Tuomi is currently the OSA’s Director of Major Gifts and Foundation Services.
May 30, 2007
Jun Iwasaki named Concertmaster; appointment concludes season-long search
Jun Iwasaki, concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra for the last two years and recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s prestigious Concertmaster Academy, is the new concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, Music Director Carlos Kalmar announced today. Iwasaki’s appointment concludes a season-long search; he will join the orchestra in time to open the 2007-2008 season in August.
May 24, 2007
Oregon Symphony management & musicians negotiate new two-year labor agreement
The musicians and board of the Oregon Symphony have approved a new two-year labor agreement, said Oregon Symphony Interim President Mary Crist and Strategic Planning Consultant Elaine Calder. The new contract with the musicians’ union, Local 99 of the American Federation of Musicians, covers the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 seasons and provides for modest increases in the musicians’ compensation over the two-year term.
May 7, 2007
Arbor Lodge Park chosen for 2007-2008 Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods
North Portland’s Arbor Lodge Park will host the opening event in this summer’s Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods Series on Saturday, August 25. The series concludes on Thursday, August 30, when Music Director Carlos Kalmar and Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda lead the orchestra for an annual free public concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
April 23, 2007
Oregon Symphony presents season finale, world premiere
Music Director Carlos Kalmar will lead the last Oregon Symphony classical concert of the season, “Premiere and Grand Finale,” on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, May 21 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
April 13, 2007
Oregon Symphony travels to Estacada for community concert to celebrate two-year partnership
Singers from Estacada High School and Junior High Choirs, along with community singers and the Estacada High School Band, will perform side by side with Oregon Symphony musicians in a special Symphony concert to celebrate a two-year Community Music Partnership (CMP) with Estacada on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the Estacada High School Gymnasium.
April 11, 2007
Music Educator G. Douglas Bundy receives annual Patty Vemer Music Educator of the Year
G. Douglas Bundy, a dedicated music educator in the Beaverton School District for more than 10 years, will be awarded the Oregon Symphony’s Patty Vemer Music Educator of the Year Award at the Oregon Symphony concert “Different Strokes” at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m.
April 2, 2007
Kalmar gears up for “Different Strokes” program
Under the direction of Music Director Carlos Kalmar, the orchestra will perform the upcoming classical program “Different Strokes” at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Sunday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m.
April 6, 2007
Kalmar explores topic of war in "Intense and Powerful"
War. A topic that has become part of our daily lives. A topic that arouses emotion in the broadest sense. Dmitri Shostakovich’s expansive Symphony No. 8 will explore the realities of this phenomenon at the next Oregon Symphony classical concert, “Intense and Powerful,” on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
March 28, 2007
Symphony’s Community Music Partnership calls for applications for 2007-2009
Applications for the 2007-2009 Community Music Partnership (CMP) are currently being accepted by the Oregon Symphony. Communities located east of the Cascade Mountains with a population of 30,000 or less are eligible to apply to be the 2007-2009 partnership community. The deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2007.
March 27, 2007
Oregon Symphony announces chamber concert, visit by Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda
A Symphony woodwind quintet featuring Mary Grant, Martha Herby, Todd Kuhns, Bob Naglee and Karen Wagner will perform a chamber concert at the Estacada Auditorium on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. The 90-minute concert is appropriate for families.
March 23, 2007
Moretti makes final appearance with Oregon Symphony
Former Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti will make her final appearance with the orchestra on the upcoming classical program “Sweet and Sly” at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, April 23 at 8 p.m.
March 16, 2007
Jazz master John Pizzarelli joined by Freddy Cole
John Pizzarelli, contemporary jazz vocalist and guitarist, will join special guest Freddy Cole for a tribute to Nat King Cole at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. and Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
March 6, 2007
Call for nominations for Music Educator of the Year
The Oregon Symphony is currently accepting nominations for the 2006-2007 Patty Vemer Music Educator of the Year Award, which will honor those who have made significant contributions to the field of music education and community, and who have served as a source of inspiration to their students.
March 2, 2007
Oregon Symphony explores Beethoven’s love of nature
“How glad I am to be able to roam in wood and thicket, among the trees and flowers and rocks. No one can love the country as I do…my bad hearing does not trouble me here. In the country, every tree seems to speak to me, saying ‘Holy! Holy!’ In the woods, there is enchantment which expresses all things.”
March 2, 2007
Portland Symphonic Choir featured on classical program
The Portland Symphonic Choir will be featured in “Voices of the Spirit,” the next classical concert led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
February 23, 2007
Portland Saxophonist Patrick Lamb, MarchFourth Marching Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and the Return of Laureate Associate Conductor Norman Leyden to Highlight Oregon Symphony's 2007-2008 Pops Series
A line-up of some of Portland’s most talented performers and national Grammy award-winning artists with special local connections will be featured during the Oregon Symphony’s 2007-2008 Pops season.
February 21, 2007
Laureate Music Director James DePreist returns to Portland
Oregon Symphony Laureate Music Director James DePreist will return to the podium for “Sweeping Excitement,” featuring Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, on March 10 at 7:30 p.m., March 11 at 7:30 p.m. and March 12 at 8 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Feburary 20, 2007
Rockers recreate Fab Four concert
The “Number One Beatles Tribute Show on Earth,” according to Rolling Stone Magazine, 1964 -The Tribute band will recreate the early days of the Fab Four at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. and Monday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.
February 8, 2007
Oregon Symphony announces chamber concert, continuing education activities in Estacada
A Symphony string quartet featuring Keiko Araki, Julie Coleman, Viorel Bejenaru and Ken Finch will be performing a chamber concert at the Estacada Auditorium on Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. The 90-minute concert is appropriate for families.
February 8, 2007
Oregon Symphony explores melody at 2006/2007 Young People's Concert
A single melody can possess infinite colors and flavors depending on how, when, where and what instrument is played. This musical fact will be explored at the Oregon Symphony’s Young People’s Concert, designed for third through fifth graders, on Friday, March 2, and Monday, March 5, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Thursday, March 1, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium in Salem.
February 2, 2007
Carlos Kalmar and
the Oregon Symphony
announce 2007-2008 Classical season
Legendary pianist Van Cliburn performs Tchaikovksy Season opens with Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 Kalmar explores the depth of Mahler Symphony No. 9 James DePreist reunites with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
February 2, 2007
Oregon Symphony brings tall tales to life
Gingerbread houses, evil witches, kryptonite and oversized lumberjacks. Some of the best-loved children’s stories will come alive as the Oregon Symphony performs “Tall Tales” on Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
January 29, 2007
Brasilia comes to the Oregon Symphony
Lush bossa novas. Celebratory sambas. The Oregon Symphony will be featuring an uncommon blend of cool syncopation and bittersweet melody with the jazz group Brasilia on Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, February 25 at 3 p.m. and Monday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
January 26, 2007
Last opportunity to see Johnny Mathis
“Chances Are,” the likelihood of getting a ticket to the Johnny Mathis concert is slim to none. Only a handful of seats remain, but there is one last opportunity to see the Grammy award winning artist. Mathis will perform with the Oregon Symphony on Friday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Janury 23, 2007
Oregon Symphony visits Broadway, Paris
Ahhh, Paris. Under the baton of Music Director Carlos Kalmar, the Oregon Symphony will explore the impressions of an American visitor in the City of Lights in “Not Quite Classical,” on February 17 at 7:30 p.m. and February 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
January 22, 2007
Oregon Symphony goes inside the score with Petrouchka
Under the baton of Guest Conductor David Alan Miller, the Oregon Symphony will be exploring a symphony based on “the immortal and unhappy hero of every fair in all countries” in Stravinsky’s Petrouchka on Sunday, February 11 at 2 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
January 19, 2007
Limited seating available for Itzhak Perlman’s performance with the Oregon Symphony
One performance is already sold out, and the remaining nights have only limited seating. Virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman will not only be featured as soloist at the Oregon Symphony’s performance of “Pure Pleasure,” but will also conduct the program.
January 9, 2007
Symphony travels to Estacada as part of Community Music Partnership
Oregon Symphony musicians and staff will begin residency visits to the city of Estacada on January 23-25 as part of a two-year Community Music Partnership (CMP) between the Oregon Symphony, the city of Estacada, the Estacada School District and the local presenting organization, Estacada Together.
January 3, 2007
Oregon Symphony celebrates Strauss Brothers
The Oregon Symphony, under the baton of Music Director Carlos Kalmar, will celebrate the music of Johann and Josef Strauss in “Fun and Dancing” on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, January 22 at 8 p.m.
January 3, 2007
Oregon Symphony celebrates Motown magic with The Contours
Widely remembered for their 1962 hit, “Do You Love Me?” the Contours helped put Motown on the map. Under the baton of guest conductor Jeff Tyzik, the Oregon Symphony will perform “Motown Magic with The Contours” on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m. and Monday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m.
December 19, 2006
Oregon Symphony puts a little rock into classical music
Led Zeppelin at the symphony? A rock and roll percussionist? A sequel to Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung? For the first time in its history, the Oregon Symphony will be performing Pulitzer-prize winning American composer Christopher Rouse’s Alberich Saved.
December 18, 2006
Oregon Symphony goes behind the scenes with “Brahms Symphony No. 4”
The fate of classical music has been a popular topic over the past few years. As the Oregon Symphony continues its new Inside the Score Series, the spotlight will be on a composer who contemplated the notion more than a century ago and used his symphonies as a means to keep it alive.
December 11, 2006
Oregon Symphony and Multnomah County Library continue Symphony Storytimes for kids
Musical story times with Oregon Symphony musicians will continue at the Fairview-Columbia branch of the Multnomah County Library on Saturday afternoons in January 2007. The program is as a result of an ongoing innovative partnership between the Library and the Symphony’s Department of Education and Community Engagement.
December 8, 2006
Oregon Symphony continues Kids Concert Series with "Jabberwocky"
“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe.”
November 21, 2006
Oregon Symphony transforms stage for “Yuletide Spectacular”
Yuletide Spectacular, now a Portland holiday tradition for the entire family, will be presented by the Oregon Symphony on Saturday, December 16 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and Monday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on Friday, December 15 at 8 p.m. at the Smith Auditorium in Salem.
November 16, 2006
Oregon Symphony announces new leadership
The Oregon Symphony Association announced today the appointment of Vice-President and General Manager Mary Crist as interim president and Elaine Calder as strategic planning consultant, effective November 15.
November 13, 2006
Oregon Symphony continues "Gospel Christmas" tradition
The Oregon Symphony’s performance of Gospel Christmas will return for its eighth year of expressive, soul-stirring Christmas music in gospel style on December 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
November 6, 2006
Oregon Symphony brings Broadway Romance to Portland
Unforgettable romantic music from Broadway will be highlighted in the Oregon Symphony performance of “A Broadway Romance” on November 25, 26 and 27 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
October 25, 2006
Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda opens Kids Concert Series with Magic Circle Mime’s “Music, Noise and Silence”
Three meddlesome spirits—Music, Noise and Silence—invade the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as Magic Circle Mime Company joins Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda and the Oregon Symphony to present “Music, Noise and Silence,” the first Kids Concert of the 2006-07 season, on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 and 3 p.m.
October 20, 2006
Oregon Symphony features violinist Leila Josefowicz in Hindemith’s Violin Concerto
Music Director Carlos Kalmar will lead the Oregon Symphony’s next classical program, “Contrasts,” featuring violin soloist Leila Josefowicz in Paul Hindemith’s Violin Concerto. The program also includes Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 37 and Richard Wagner’s Excerpts from The Ring of the Nibelung.
October 13, 2006
Oregon Symphony kicks off 2006-07 Kinderkonzerts series with “If You’re Happy And You Know It”
Kinderkonzerts, the popular ensemble-based series which provide an interactive first Oregon Symphony experience for children in kindergarten through second grade, begins its annual four-concert series on Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at three Portland-area elementary schools.
October 10, 2006
Oregon Symphony goes behind the scenes with “Pictures at an Exhibition”
Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda and the Oregon Symphony will take audience members on an aural art gallery tour during a performance of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” on Sunday, November 5 at 2 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
October 6, 2006
Oregon Symphony and Multnomah County Library launch fifth season of musical story times for kids
Musical story times with Oregon Symphony musicians will begin at Multnomah County Library branches Saturday mornings in November as a result of an ongoing innovative partnership between the Library and the Symphony's Department of Education and Community Engagement.
October 6, 2006
Oregon Symphony brings political parody to election night
It's Election Day and you've already cast your ballot like a responsible, civic-minded Oregonian. Instead of anxiously awaiting the Kulongoski/Saxton governor's race results, spend a night downtown with a group of people who have actually worked there.
October 4, 2006
Oregon Symphony launches new concert series
On November 5 the Oregon Symphony will launch a new concert series designed for both newcomers and aficionados alike. "Inside the Score" explores the historical and cultural perspectives of the composer's life and times by connecting the audience to the conductor and musicians.
September 22, 2006
Oregon Symphony elects new board members at annual meeting
Eight business and community leaders were elected to the Oregon Symphony Association Board of Directors at today’s annual meeting at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. The new board members are Connie Clark, Carol Gardner, Richard Keller II, Denise Lilley, Ron Parker, David Squire, Linda Sweitzer and Michelle Sweet.
September 22, 2006
Oregon Symphony improvises with "Different Every Time"
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and the Oregon Symphony will pay tribute to Mozart by doing just that-imitation through improvisation. "Each performance will be different," said Artistic Administrator Charles Calmer. "Its unpredictability is similar to a jazz concert."
September 22, 2006
Oregon Symphony to perform Brahms' last symphony
Comic strips. Vixens. Symbolist poetry. The Oregon Symphony will present "Unique Collaboration," a program that intertwines both old and new. Under Music Director Carlos Kalmar, the Symphony will open the concert with Brahms Symphony No. 4, the composer's last symphony, and one considered by many to be his best work.
September 20, 2006
Moretti to direct premiere center for strings; will leave at the end of the 2006-2007 season
Amy Schwartz Moretti, concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony since 2004, will leave the Symphony at the end of the 2006-2007 season to become the Director and Associate Professor of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and to hold the Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings at Mercer University's Townsend School of Music in Macon, Georgia. A search for her successor will begin shortly.
September 8, 2006
Oregon Symphony experiments with 'Russian Rap'
Instruments as renegade characters? Scandalous lyrics about Soviet leaders? Melancholy puppets? Three non-conformist composers bring some of their most innovative works to the Oregon Symphony's "Out of the Ordinary" Classical Concert on October 1 and 2.
September 1, 2006
Pointer Sisters to bring "sassy" to the Symphony
For the first time in 12 years, The Pointer Sisters will be performing onstage in Portland. The female trio of Ruth, Inetta and Issa Pointer will perform alongside the Oregon Symphony many of the pop hits that made them famous, including "I'm So Excited," "Slow Hand" and "Neutron Dance."
September 1, 2006
Oregon Symphony to Perform Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 4 for first time in Portland's history
For the first time in its 110-year history, the Oregon Symphony will be performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4 on September 23 and 24. The performances will also mark the Symphony's completion of the composer's entire cycle of piano concertos.
August 18, 2006
Single tickets for all Oregon Symphony concerts go on sale Monday, August 21
The general public will have its first opportunity to purchase single tickets to all Oregon Symphony concerts when they go on sale at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. "We expect all three nights of our opening Classical concert to sell out," said Michael Kosmala, Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement.
August 18, 2006
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson to open Symphony's Classical season with Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto; Carlos Kalmar and Symphony perform Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"
Renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto at the season-opening Arlene & Harold Schnitzer Classical A Series concert of the Oregon Symphony's 2006-07 season, which also features Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar on Sept. 16, 17 and 18 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
August 11, 2006
Radio Host Garrison Keillor to perform with Symphony
Garrison Keillor, host of the acclaimed nationally broadcast weekly radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," brings his Lake Wobegon monologues, deep bass voice and love of classical music to the Oregon Symphony for two special concerts on Sept. 8 and 9 in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
August 4, 2006
OPB Radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concert; Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in Mahler's Symphony No. 7
Oregon Public Broadcasting will air an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring the Symphony's premiere of Mahler's rarely-performed Symphony No. 7 with Music Director Carlos Kalmar leading the orchestra on Friday, Sept. 1, from 9 to 11 p.m.
July 28, 2006
Symphony announces Estacada as site for 2006-08 Community Music Partnership
Musicians from the Oregon Symphony will immerse themselves in the Estacada, Ore. community this season during the first of two years in a recently announced Community Music Partnership (CMP) between the Symphony, the city of Estacada and Estacada School District 108.
July 28, 2006
Free Parks concerts herald new Symphony season: orchestra to visit Portland's Harrison Park before presenting traditional community concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar
The annual tradition of free community concerts heralding the upcoming Oregon Symphony season continues as the orchestra visits southeast Portland's Harrison Park on Saturday, Aug. 26, and performs in Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Thursday, Aug. 31.
July 28, 2006
Single tickets for Symphony's first two Classical concerts and first Pops ccncert on sale Monday, July 31
Single tickets to three of the Oregon Symphony's most anticipated 2006-2007 concerts, including the first Classical concert with piano superstar Garrick Ohlsson playing Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and the opening Pops concert featuring the always-popular Pointer Sisters, will be available to the general public in advance of general ticket sales, beginning Monday, July 31 at 9 a.m.
July 26, 2006
Jessika Allen named Director of Corporate Development
Jessika Allen, a 12-year veteran of non-profit fundraising, is the new Director of Corporate Development for the Oregon Symphony. Allen, who most recently served as the Associate Executive Director of Camp Fire USA Mt. Hood Council, began her Symphony position July 15.
June 30, 2006
OPB Radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concert; Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in Mahler's "Rückert Lieder"
Oregon Public Broadcasting will air an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring music that explores time and space as Music Director Carlos Kalmar leads the orchestra in Mahler's "Rückert Lieder" with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore on Friday, Aug. 4, from 9 to 11 p.m.
June 9, 2006
Symphony anounces summer concerts: "Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods" visits Portland's Harrison Park for free concert and afternoon festival, followed by annual Tom McCall Waterfront Park concert featuring preview of highlights from upcoming season
Free community parks events will once again herald the arrival of the Oregon Symphony's new season as the Symphony takes up residence in Southeast Portland's Harrison Park on Saturday, Aug. 26, and presents its traditional Waterfront Park concert on Thursday, Aug. 31, in Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
June 9, 2006
OPB Radio broadcasts Oregon Symphony concert; Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony in Strauss' "Don Quixote"
Oregon Public Broadcasting will air an Oregon Symphony Classical concert featuring Music Director Carlos Kalmar leading the orchestra in Strauss' "Don Quixote" featuring Principal Cellist Nancy Ives and Principal Violist Joël Belgique on Friday, July 7, from 9 to 11 p.m.