August 5, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OREGON SYMPHONY’S WATERFRONT CONCERT—SET FOR SEPTEMBER 3—WILL BE BIGGER THAN EVER

Waterfront Concert

The Waterfront Concert—one of Portland’s favorite summer events and the largest free concert in the state—to be broadcast live on All Classical Portland (KQAC 89.9 fm)


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – On September 3, the skies above Tom McCall Waterfront Park will once again light up following Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with military cannons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery. An expected audience of some 20,000 spectators will enjoy the dazzling fireworks finale and celebrate the largest-ever Waterfront Concert. The afternoon music festival begins at 1 pm with a stellar lineup of musicians and youth orchestras, with the Oregon Symphony performance beginning at 7 pm. Radio audiences around the world will enjoy the Symphony concert, thanks to the first-time-ever broadcast by All Classical Portland.

Oregon Symphony President Scott Showalter underscored the importance of the All Classical Portland broadcast: “We’re in the business of bringing joy to people’s lives through music.  All Classical Portland is helping us spread this music and the joy it brings to people around the globe.”

“All Classical Portland is thrilled to grow our long-standing partnership with the Oregon Symphony to present this first-ever live broadcast of the Waterfront Concert,” said station President/CEO Jack Allen. “This endeavor underlines the power of building a strong cultural community. We’re extremely pleased with this opportunity to share the unique work of our City of Roses arts partners with our listeners around the world.”

Special thanks go to the Waterfront Concert’s generous sponsors:  The City of Portland, NW Natural, Boeing, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and KATU-TV.

Waterfront Concert
Thursday, September 3, 2015
(rain date if necessary: Friday, September 4)
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
1020 Naito Pkwy
Free to the public!

1:00 – 1:30 pm               OSU Steel Drum Choir
1:30 – 2:15 pm                Metropolitan Youth Symphony
2:15 – 2:45 pm                Kevin Burke, Irish fiddler
2:45 – 3:15 pm                BRAVO Youth Orchestras
3:30 – 4:00 pm              Hillsboro School District Mariachi Band   
4:00 – 4:30 pm               Stephanie Schneiderman & Tony Furtado, vocals
                                                      and guitar

4:45 – 5:15 pm                 Portland Taiko
5:15 –6:00 pm                 Portland Youth Philharmonic
6:00 –6:30 pm                Bloco Alegria Brazilian Band
7:00 pm                             Oregon Symphony
                                                    (with selections from Oregon Ballet Theatre and
                                                     Portland Opera
)

Nightfall                          Fireworks

Complete program details as well as information on all the participating organizations and performers are available on the Symphony’s website:  OrSymphony.org/waterfront.

With an expected audience of around 20,000, patrons who bring lawn chairs are asked to bring only chairs that sit low to the ground in order to preserve sightlines for patrons behind them. In addition to music all afternoon and evening, patrons will enjoy food carts and the chance to visit with many Portland arts groups who will have informational tables at the park.

The Waterfront Concert signals the opening of the music season in Portland and kicks off the Oregon Symphony season which sports a firework-worthy September lineup, including the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China (September 9), guitarist Pablo Villegas (September 12), Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions (September 17), The Music of Pink Floyd (September 19), Patti LaBelle (September 20), and percussionist Colin Currie (September 26-28).

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CONTACT:
Jim Fullan
Vice President/Communications, Marketing, Sales
503-416-6347
jfullan@orsymphony.org