July 29, 2015



New leadership, wide-ranging musical offerings, reinvigorated
community engagement, and record-setting revenue
signal New Era at the Symphony

(PORTLAND, Ore.) –  President Scott Showalter announced today the results of the 2014/15 season, his first at the Symphony helm. In the past year, the Oregon Symphony set numerous all-time records, including numbers of tickets sold, total ticket revenue, number of sold-out concerts, number of first-time ticket buyers, number of donors, number of new donors, total donor contributions, board of directors’ contributions, amount raised at the annual gala, and attendance at its Waterfront Concert. As a result the Symphony posted a surplus for the sixth consecutive season, an unusually strong record in the orchestral field.

The 2014/15 season saw one of the widest-ranging set of musical offerings in company history. The Symphony produced 81 performances of 48 concert programs, ranging from internationally renowned classical performers like Pablo Villegas, Itzhak Perlman, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg to Special Concerts featuring Herbie Hancock, Bernadette Peters, Trey Anastasio, and Star Trek (2009).

The Oregon Symphony also expanded its education and community engagement efforts with new programs in the David Douglas and Gladstone School Districts, through partnerships with programs like Self Enhancement Inc. and St. Mary’s Home for Boys, and by performing in correctional facilities.

Season artistic highlights included:

The season drew unprecedented attendance and ticket revenues, eclipsing even last year’s record numbers:

Classical offerings continued to show marked growth and buck national trends:

The 2014/15 season also set an all-time high for contributed revenue:

The Symphony and its musicians performed and taught in a variety of places and venues beyond the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall through expanded community efforts:

“In the end, it is the music and its powerful effect on people of all ages and walks of life that drive all that we do,” Showalter said. “We work to bring joy to our community through music.” 

The Symphony signals the opening of Portland’s music season at the September 3 Waterfront Concert, the largest free concert in the state. The 2015/16 Oregon Symphony season officially opens on September 12, when classical guitarist Pablo Villegas returns to perform Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un gentilhombre and Corigliano’s Troubadours.



Jim Fullan
Vice President/Communications, Marketing, Sales