February 16, 2011



(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Even before the Oregon Symphony makes its long-awaited Carnegie Hall debut this May as part of New York’s first Spring for Music Festival, the orchestra has been invited back to perform in the festival’s third season on May 9, 2013.

Joining Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony at the third annual Spring for Music Festival May 6-11, 2013, will be the Baltimore Symphony, led by Music Director Marin Alsop; the Albany Symphony, with Music Director David Alan Miller; the Buffalo Philharmonic, led by Music Director JoAnn Falletta; the Cincinnati Symphony, with conductor James Conlon on its podium; and the National Symphony, led by its new music director, Christoph Eschenbach.

As in the festival’s first two years in 2011 and 2012, participating orchestras were chosen on the basis of the programs they proposed to perform. Spring for Music Festival organizers view the one-of-a-kind concert series at Carnegie Hall as a high-profile way to spotlight the artistic vision of orchestras dedicated to distinctive and adventurous programming. The Oregon Symphony and the Albany Symphony – both 2011 festival participants – are the first two orchestras to be invited back.

“I like to describe this orchestra as punching above its weight,” said President Elaine Calder. “We haven’t travelled outside our region, and not many people elsewhere in the country realize what a terrific orchestra we have here in Portland. To be invited to participate in the first festival was a tremendous endorsement of Carlos’ leadership and programming and the orchestra’s very high level of performance. To be one of the first to be invited back for a second festival suggests that the Oregon Symphony is not just a Pacific Northwest gem, but a nationally recognized treasure.”

Kalmar added: “I'm thrilled and very proud that we have been invited back at the earliest possible date. This is clearly an acknowledgment of the balanced and innovative programming we offer at the Oregon Symphony. To be invited once is a thrill. To be invited twice is clear proof that we are in the artistic big leagues.”

Specific programs of the orchestras performing at the 2013 festival will not be announced until 2012.

The inaugural festival this May 6-14 includes seven concerts over nine nights. In addition to the Oregon Symphony – which makes its long-awaited Carnegie Hall debut with Kalmar on the podium on Thursday,  May 12 – this year’s participants include the Orpheus and St. Paul chamber orchestras as well as the Toledo, Albany, Dallas and Montreal symphonies.

Spring for Music also unveiled the programs of the seven 2011 festival orchestras today. The Oregon Symphony’s program, based on the theme “Music for a Time of War,” includes:

“Our program this year is a stunning, intense trip on the topic of war,” Kalmar said. “It begins with a general question (that Ives did not intend to link to the theme of war), and it shows deep emotionality, sorrow, pain, harshness, brutality and peace. Not necessarily in that order, but it is a full package. A great opportunity!”

A live national radio broadcast will enable music lovers across the United States to hear the Carnegie Hall performance May 12. Before heading to New York, the orchestra will perform the same program for Portland audiences at its Classical series subscription concerts May 7 and 8 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. 

The announcements were made today in New York by Thomas W. Morris, artistic director of the Ojai Music Festival in California and former executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra, who serves as Spring for Music’s artistic director; David V. Foster, president of Opus 3 Artists, the festival’s director; and Mary Lou Falcone, the festival’s public relations director.

Complete details are on the festival’s web site, springformusic.com.

Tickets for the 2011 festival are available from the Carnegie Hall web site – carnegiehall.org – and by telephone from CarnegieCharge, 212-247-7800.

Carl Herko
Vice President, Media & Public Relations
(503) 416-6347