August 10, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WATERFRONT CONCERT LEADS A SPECTACULAR LIST
OF SEPTEMBER CONCERTS
AS OREGON SYMPHONY OPENS THE 2015/16 SEASON


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The September 3 Waterfront Concert signals the opening of the music season in Portland and the 2015/16 Symphony season. And what a September it is! There’s something for everyone in the opening month which features its most eclectic offerings yet, with seven events ranging from Spanish classical guitarist Pablo Villegas performing Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un gentilhombre and Chinese acrobats to soul diva Patti LaBelle and acclaimed percussionist Colin Currie. Also on tap in September: an evening of Pink Floyd’s music arranged for symphony orchestra, accompanied by an eye-popping light show; and a fun-filled concert for the whole family featuring music from the Pokémon video game franchise.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 3
WATERFRONT CONCERT

When and Where: Sept. 3 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 Naito Pkway. Afternoon music festival begins at 1 pm, with the Oregon Symphony performance at 7 pm. Rain date if necessary: Friday, September 4.

The Performers and Program:

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 fiddle
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

Additional details on the Waterfront Concert were contained in previous press release.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9
NATIONAL CIRCUS AND ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

When and Where: Sept. 9 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program: The Circus and Acrobats will perform Peking Dreams, which depicts vignettes of life in Peking (Beijing), incorporating elements of acrobatics, Chinese circus, and Peking Opera.

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the National Circus and Acrobats of the PRC: cami.com/?webid=2109

Tickets: begin at $20 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 12
PABLO VILLEGAS

When and Where: Sept. 12 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Pablo Villegas, guitar

The Program:

            Dukas:               La Pèri (complete ballet)
            *Corigliano:    Troubadours
            *Rodrigo:          Fantasía para un gentilhombre
            Ravel:                Rapsodie espagnol

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Pablo Villegas: pablovillegas.com/en/

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 17
POKÉMON: SYMPHONIC EVOLUTIONS

When and Where: Sept. 17 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Susie Benchasil Seiter

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions: pokemon.com/us/pokemon-symphony/

Tickets: begin at $40 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 19
THE MUSIC OF PINK FLOYD

When and Where: Sept. 19 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Brent Havens; *Randy Jackson, vocals

The Program: This tribute to the legacy of Pink Floyd features 17 classic hits from the band, including “Money,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Learning to Fly,” selections from their 1979 double album, The Wall, and an audience sing-along.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On The Music of Pink Floyd: windbornemusic.com/show_pf.php
On Randy Jackson: thedoor.com/randy.html

Tickets: begin at $35 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
PATTI LABELLE

When and Where: Sept. 20 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: Patti LaBelle, vocals

The Program: Ms. LaBelle will announce her program from the stage and is expected to include “Lady Marmalade,” “On My Own,” “New Attitude,” “If Only You Knew,” “If You Asked Me To,” “Stir It Up,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” among many other hit tunes.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On Patti LaBelle: pattilabelle.com

Tickets: begin at $45 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
MONDAY, SEPT. 28
COLIN CURRIE

When and Where: [Editors: note different dates and starting times] Sept. 26 and 27 at 7:30 pm; Sept. 28 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Colin Currie, percussion

The Program:            

            Cherubini:       Overture from Ali Baba
            *MacMillan:   Veni, veni, Emmanuel
            Smetana:         Excerpts from Má Vlast, including “The Moldau”    

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Colin Currie: colincurrie.com/site/

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at any time from the orchestra’s website, OrSymphony.org; at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-F, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm); and at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance.

Beyond the Schnitz
Oregon Symphony Community Engagement Programs

The Oregon Symphony and its musicians are deeply involved in the community in places that stretch far beyond the confines of our concert hall.  Here are a few of the things happening in that arena during the month of September.

Sept. 12 /12:30-2 pm – Pablo Villegas will conduct a guitar master class for 3-4 young guitar players at PSU’s Recital Room 75 Lincoln Hall. Free and open to the public. Offered by the American String Teachers Association and the Oregon Symphony.

Percussionist Colin Currie, the Oregon Symphony’s new Artist in Residence, will perform throughout the region during his first residency. These public appearances are all free:

Sept. 23 / 10-11 am – Chehalem Cultural Center 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg – family concert.
Sept. 24 / 7:30- 9 pm – The Cleaners at Ace Hotel 403 SE 10th Ave, Portland – percussion and selected readings with Grimm star Claire Coffee.
Sept. 26 / 1-2 pm – PSU Farmer’s Market Portland – Oregon Symphony percussion section with Colin performing a selection of new works.

The lively percussionist will also make other private appearances, including a master class and sectional at David Douglas High School, a solo performance and Q & A at St. Mary’s Home for Boys, and a variety of Symphony donor events.

Watch our Facebook page (facebook.com/oregonsymphony) for many other appearances.

Photos for media uses can be accessed at: orsymphony.org/newsroom/artists.aspx

Season subscriptions, including the popular Choose Your Own Flex Packages and Gift Cards, are still available through the Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353.

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