February 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEBUSSY’S PRELUDE TO “THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN,” STRAUSS DON QUIXOTE, AND FEATURED SOLOS BY ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS AMONG MARCH HIGHLIGHTS, ALONG WITH A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY CLASSICAL MUSIC COMEDIANS IGUDESMAN & JOO


(PORTLAND, Ore.) There may be only three Oregon Symphony concerts scheduled in March, but they’re packed full of some of the best and most beloved works in the orchestral repertoire. March roars in with Igudesman & Joo’s “Big Nightmare Music.” Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the two most brilliantly outrageous characters in classical music since P.D.Q. Bach,” violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo bring their singularly zany sendup of classical music to Portland for a special evening of side-splitting musical comedy. Concertmaster Sarah Kwak, Principal Trumpet Jeffrey Work and English horn Kyle Mustain take center stage for works by Bloch and Copland, while cellist Christian Poltéra makes his Symphony debut in Strauss’ Don Quixote.

SUNDAY, MAR. 6
IGUDESMAN & JOO: BIG NIGHTMARE MUSIC

When and Where: Mar. 6 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim; *Aleksey Igudesman, violin; *Hyung-ki Joo, piano

The Program: The zany classical music comedy duo Igudesman & Joo bring their musical madness to Portland, rebranded and expanded for a full symphony orchestra. Their new show, “BIG Nightmare Music” features classic bits from their first hit concert creation, “A Little Nightmare Music,” including a hilarious sendup of Gloria Gaynor’s epic anthem, “I Will Survive,” “Riverdancing Violinists” and “Rachmaninoff Had Big Hands.” The program also showcases new routines set to music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Henry Mancini, Bach, Strauss, Beethoven, and Igudesman & Joo’s original compositions.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Igudesman & Joo: igudesmanandjoo.com

Tickets: begin at $25 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, MAR. 12
MONDAY, MAR. 14
COPLAND’S QUIET CITY

When and Where: [Editors: please note different start times] Mar. 12 at 7:30 pm and Mar. 14 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Sarah Kwak, violin; §Kyle Mustain, English horn; §Jeffrey Work, trumpet
           
The Program:

Debussy: Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”
*Bloch: Violin Concerto
§Copland: Quiet City
Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

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, MAR. 19
SUNDAY, MAR. 20
BRAHMS, HAYDN & STRAUSS

When and Where: Mar. 19 and Mar. 20 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. (This concert will also be performed in Salem on Mar. 18 at 8 pm. See orsymphonysalem.org for more information.)

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Christian Poltéra, cello; *Joël Belgique, viola
           
The Program:

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn
Haydn: Symphony No. 90 in C major, Hob.I:90
*Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Christian Poltéra: christianpoltera.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.


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 March.

“Musical Lingo”
Young People’s Concerts March 1 and 3

Each spring 8,000 students fill the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with reactions of enthusiasm and wonderment as enjoy the full sounds of the Oregon Symphony, with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim and narrator Pam Mahon. Teachers have already been provided a CD with the program selections, along with a teacher’s guide to prepare grades 3-8 students in advance. In this way, students are ready to focus on the music and the orchestral experience. This program also features 17-year-old Spencer Schaffer, a Portland Youth Philharmonic trombonist, as he performs the 3rd movement of Ferdinand David’s “Concertino for Trombone.” Other selections include excerpts from major works by Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořák, Haydn and Stravinsky.

Tickets are priced so that the music is accessible to all. There is no fee for students in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program or for chaperones. Tickets are $3 for others. The Symphony subsidizes bussing costs for Title I schools, removing further economic barriers. Donations to the Education and Community Engagement program make this possible.

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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Jim Fullan
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503-416-6347
jfullan@orsymphony.org

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