December 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LILY TOMLIN, CHOPIN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 WITH PIANIST BENJAMIN GROSVENOR, A KIDS’ MUSICAL ZOO, INDIE TROUBADOUR GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV, AND CHRIS BOTTI HEADLINE JANUARY PERFORMANCES


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Award-winning comedian Lily Tomlin returns to Portland for an evening of her signature comedy, and 23-year-old piano phenom Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Oregon Symphony debut with Chopin’s First Piano Concerto. January also features acclaimed indie singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, who combines soulful vocals and searching lyrics with symphonic arrangements of his haunting folk songs; a Musical Zoo for kids, with music portraying diverse members of the animal kingdom; renowned French oboist François Leleux, also making his Oregon Symphony debut, with Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto; and trumpet sensation Chris Botti and his cool jazz stylings.

 

SUNDAY, JAN. 10
MONDAY, JAN. 11
STRAUSS’ OBOE CONCERTO

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Jan. 10 at 7:30 pm and Jan. 11 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *François Leleux, oboe

The Program:            

Carpenter: Sea Drift, Symphonic Poem
*Strauss: Oboe Concerto
Mozart: Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200
Liszt: Les Préludes

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On François Leleux: francoisleleux.com

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; Sa, 10 am-6 pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

THURSDAY, JAN. 14
GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV

When and Where: Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim; *Gregory Alan Isakov, vocals
           
The Program: Isakov and his four-piece backing band join the Oregon Symphony for orchestral treatments of songs from his three previously released albums: “The Weatherman” (2013); “This Empty Northern Hemisphere” (2009) and “That Sea, That Gambler” (2007).

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Gregory Alan Isakov: gregoryalanisakov.com

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-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm; Sa, 10 am-6 pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, JAN. 16
LILY TOMLIN

When and Where: Jan. 16 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: Lily Tomlin, comedian. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.
           
The Program: The multi-award-winning comedienne showcases her stable full of memorable characters, including Edith Ann, Ernestine and Mrs. Judith Beasley, along with Tomlin’s own ruminations on current events.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On Lily Tomlin: lilytomlin.com

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; Sa, 10 am-6 pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

SUNDAY, JAN. 17
MUSICAL ZOO

When and Where: Jan. 17 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim, the Pacific Youth Choir, and Dance West; *Pam Mahon, narrator
           
The Program: Musical depictions of creatures great and small, including selections from “Carnival of the Animals,” Ravel’s “Mother Goose” Suite, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and Haydn’s “The Hunt” Symphony, as well as “Flight of the Bumblebee,” Theme from Jurassic Park and  “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Pam Mahon: arthousetalentandliterary.com/?p=958
On the Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.org
On Dance West: dancewestcompany.com

Tickets: begin at $10 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; Sa, 10 am-6 pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, JAN. 23
SUNDAY, JAN. 24
MONDAY, JAN. 25
CHOPIN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm; Jan. 24 at 2 pm and Jan. 25 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Tomáš Netopil; *Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

The Program:            

            Honegger:       Rugby
            *Chopin:         Piano Concerto No. 1
            Dvořák:           Symphony No. 6

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Tomáš Netopil: tomasnetopil.com

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; Sa, 10 am-6 pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, JAN. 30
CHRIS BOTTI

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

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim; and Chris Botti, trumpet

The Program: Program to be announced from the stage.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Chris Botti: chrisbotti.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; Sa, 10 am-6 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.

Brass Kinderkonzerts
On January 11, 12, and 13 the Brass Kinderkonzert Ensemble will put on nine performances for 3,000 K-2 graders at   three host schools in the area. These interactive chamber concerts introduce each of the sections of the orchestra. Pam Mahon narrates this second in the series of four, entitled “Royal Rumpus.” The King wants to put on a celebration and must find an ensemble of musicians capable of “raising the palace roof.” Each musician gets to demonstrate what he does best with his instrument, showcasing both popular and classical music for the audience. Details for time, dates, and locations can be found at: orsymphony.org/edu/kinder.aspx

Symphony Storytime at Milwaukie’s Ledding Library
On January 14 cellist Marilyn de Oliveira and the youth librarian will present another Symphony Storytime at 10:30-11:30 am,introducing pre-schoolers to the beautiful sounds of the cello and the music that enhances beloved stories. The first half-hour will include several fun picture books read by the librarian, accompanied by Ms. de Oliveira and the second half-hour is a chance for families to learn more about life as a professional musician in the Oregon Symphony and to try out her cello.


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

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