October 29, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CELEBRATE DECEMBER HOLIDAYS WITH THE OREGON SYMPHONY’S EXCITING MIX OF SEASONAL REPERTOIRE, FEATURING HANDEL’S MESSIAH, JOHNNY MATHIS, HOME ALONE, ROUSING GOSPEL, YO‑YO MA, AND THE NOT‑TO‑BE‑MISSED ODE TO JOY NEW YEAR CELEBRATION WITH SPECIAL GUEST MEOW MEOW


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs a sold-out solo recital featuring three of J.S. Bach’s cello suites and music from Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Meanwhile, holiday music fills the air in December as the Oregon Symphony presents a sparkling array of concerts celebrating the season: Handel’s Messiah launches the month-long slate of exciting musical fare: Johnny Mathis presents an evening of his classic interpretations of Christmas favorites; the Northwest Gospel Choir returns for the seventeenth year of Gospel Christmas; the holiday film favorite Home Alone with the score played live; Comfort and Joy, designed for the entire family; and Portland’s newest classical music tradition, the New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and cabaret sensation Meow Meow, brings 2015 to a joyful close.

As part of the Symphony’s commitment to bring the joy of music to as many people as possible, musicians will add a special holiday cheer with return performances in two important venues—the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Salem and the St. Mary’s Home for Boys in Beaverton. Previous outings in these venues have been very special performances, for the audiences and for musicians.

SATURDAY, DEC. 5
SUNDAY, DEC. 6
HANDEL’S MESSIAH

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Dec. 5 at 7:30 pm and Dec. 6 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Shannon Mercer, soprano; *Michael Maniaci, countertenor; *Thomas Cooley, tenor; *David John Pike, baritone; Portland State University Chamber Choir

The Program:

*Handel: Messiah

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Shannon Mercer: shannonmercer.com
On Michael Maniaci: deanartists.com/artist/michael-maniaci/
On Thomas Cooley: thomascooley.com
On David John Pike: davidjohnpike.com
On the PSU Chamber Choir: psuchamberchoir.com/about-us.html

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-Sa, 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 lobby starting two hours before the performance.

TUESDAY, DEC. 8
JOHNNY MATHIS HOLIDAY SPECIAL

When and Where: Dec. 8 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim and Guest Conductor Scott Lavender; *Johnny Mathis, vocals

The Program: Mathis and the Oregon Symphony will perform an evening of timeless holiday favorites, such as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Joy to the World.”

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Johnny Mathis: johnnymathis.com

Tickets: begin at $60 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-Sa, 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 lobby starting two hours before the performance.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9
YO-YO MA
(Editors Please Note: This Concert is Sold Out)

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

The Performers: Yo-Yo Ma, cello  Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program:

Saygun: Partita No. 31 for Solo Cello
Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for Unaccompanied Cello
O’Connor: Appalachia Waltz
Bach: Suite No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Cello
Zhao: Summer in the High Grassland
Bach: Suite No. 6 in D major for Unaccompanied Cello

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Yo-Yo Ma: www.yo-yoma.com

Tickets: This concert is sold out.


FRIDAY, DEC. 11
SATURDAY, DEC. 12
SUNDAY DEC. 13
GOSPEL CHRISTMAS

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Dec. 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm; Dec. 13 at 4 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Guest Conductors Charles Floyd and Gary Hemenway, and the Northwest Community Gospel Choir

The Program: A high energy performance that includes “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “For Unto Us a Child Is Born,” and many other Gospel holiday favorites.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On the Northwest Community Gospel Choir: orsymphony.org/bios/guestartists/ncgc.aspx
On Charles Floyd: charlesfloyd.com

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-Sa, 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 lobby starting two hours before the performance.

SATURDAY, DEC. 19
HOME ALONE

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

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Guest Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos and the Oregon Repertory Singers

The Program: A true holiday favorite, this comedy classic features John Williams’ delightful score performed live by the Oregon Symphony. Macaulay Culkin stars as the left-behind Kevin McCallister, who hilariously outwits two bumbling burglars.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Home Alone: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Alone

Tickets: begin at $30 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-Sa, 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 lobby starting two hours before the performance.

SUNDAY, DEC. 20
COMFORT AND JOY: A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS

When and Where: Dec. 20 at 3 pm and repeating at 7 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim; *J’nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

The Program: This concert features Christmas and seasonal music the whole family will enjoy, with both classical and pop arrangements of favorite songs and a Christmas medley sing-along for the whole audience.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On J’nai Bridges: jnaibridgesmezzo.com

Tickets: Begin as low as $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-Sa, 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 lobby starting two hours before the performance.

TUESDAY, DEC. 29
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30
ODE TO JOY: NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

When and Where: Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Portland Symphonic Choir; *Meow Meow, vocals

The Program:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral” with its iconic “Ode to Joy”

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Meow Meow: meowmeowrevolution.com
On Portland Symphonic Choir: pschoir.org

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-Sa, 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 lobby 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 December.

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

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

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