March 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TWO VIOLINISTS PERFORM TCHAIKOVSKY AND ADÈS;
A GREAT JAZZ SINGER PAYS TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA;
A KIDS’ DANCE PARTY CLOSES THE KIDS SERIES; AND THE MUSIC OF
JOHN WILLIAMS LIGHTS UP THE SYMPHONY STAGE IN APRIL


(PORTLAND, Ore.) We’re not fooling when it comes to the Oregon Symphony’s April concerts: two young world-class violinists, Simone Lamsma and Augustin Hadelich, both playing Stradivari violins, will present concertos by Tchaikovsky and British composer Thomas Adès, respectively. Other standout classical fare this month: first symphonies by Edward Elgar and Dmitri Shostakovich. Fans of Frank Sinatra will enjoy vocalist Curtis Stigers’ take on Old Blue Eyes’ greatest hits, and kids of all ages won’t be able to keep their seats as we present a toe-tapping Dance Party for our final Kids Concert of 2015/16. And the month of April closes out with Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams.

 

SATURDAY, APR. 2
SUNDAY, APR. 3
THE SINATRA CENTURY

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Apr. 2 at 7:30 pm and Apr. 3 at 3 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik; *Curtis Stigers, vocals and saxophones.

The Program: Stigers will sing Sinatra’s classic tunes as well as some of his own original songs; he’ll also take a turn as an instrumentalist with his tenor sax.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Jeff Tyzik: jefftyzik.com
On Curtis Stigers: curtisstigers.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, APR. 9
SUNDAY, APR. 10
MONDAY, APR. 11
ELGAR’S SYMPHONY NO. 1

When and Where: [Editors: please not different starting times] Apr. 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm and Apr. 11 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. (This concert will also be performed in Salem on Apr. 8 at 8 pm. www.orsymphonysalem.org for more information.)

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Augustin Hadelich, violin
           
The Program:

Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
*Adès: Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths”
Elgar: Symphony No. 1

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Augustin Hadelich: augustin-hadelich.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.

 

SUNDAY, APR. 17
DANCE PARTY

When and Where: Apr. 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: Includes excerpts from Weber’s Invitation to the Dance; Strauss’ Perpetual Motion; Anderson’s Sandpaper Ballet, excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker; Offenbach’s “Can-Can” from Orpheus in the Underworld; excerpts from Copland’s Rodeo; Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 6 and Bernstein’s “Mambo” from West Side Story.

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, APR. 23
SUNDAY, APR. 24
MONDAY, APR. 25
LAMSMA PLAYS TCHAIKOVSKY

When and Where: [Editors: please not different starting times] Apr. 23 at 7:30 pm, Apr. 24 at 2 pm and Apr. 25 at 8 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim; *Simone Lamsma, violin
br /> The Program:

Nielsen: Helios Overture
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
*Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

What’s So Special About This Concert:

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

 

FRIDAY, APR. 29
STAR WARS AND MORE: THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS

When and Where: Apr. 29 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. (This concert will also be performed in Salem on May 8 at 8 pm. See www.orsymphonysalem.org for more information.)

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim.
           
The Program: A celebration of one of the greatest film composers of all time, with music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, and many more.
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.

 


 

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 our concert hall.  Here are a few of the things happening in that arena during the month of April.

April 11-13 Percussion Kinderkonzerts in the schools
The Percussion Kinderkonzert Ensemble will present nine performances for 3,000 K-2 graders at three host schools in the area over three days. These interactive chamber concerts introduce students to each of the sections of the orchestra. Pam Mahon narrates the final concert in a series of four, entitled “A Treasure Trove of Tunes.”  Symphony musicians will use found objects –drum brakes, clay flower pots and plastic bags- to make cool rhythms with a sing along. Details for time, dates, and locations at http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/kinder.aspx

April Symphony Storytimes at N. Portland  Library
On Wednesdays in April from 11 am – noon an Oregon Symphony musician from each section of the orchestra and the youth librarian will introduce pre-schoolers and their families to the music that enhances beloved stories. The first half-hour will include several fun picture books read by the librarian, accompanied by a musician and the second half-hour is a chance for families to learn more about life as a professional Oregon Symphony musician and a chance to try the instrument of that week. These free sessions are extremely popular, and it’s recommended to get there early!

musicNOW continues at Mary’s Woods!
The Symphony teams up with some of the area’s most experienced practitioners and educators in the fields of dementia and music therapy—Mary’s Woods Continuing Care Center, Marylhurst University’s Music Therapy programs, Earthtones Music Therapy Services, OHSU Alzheimer’s research department, the Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon, and the Portland Art Museum. This innovative program began in February and now moves into its second phase with four musicians and music therapists presenting two consecutive sessions per week at Mary’s Woods Assisted Living and Memory Care units.

April 28 Carnegie Hall Link Up National Program
On April 28 at 10:30 am the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall will be filled to the brim with the 2,600 third through fifth graders from our Oregon Community Foundation “Studio to School” partners in the David Douglas School Districts’ nine elementary schools who will participate in an interactive youth concert titled “The Orchestra Sings.” The program includes excerpts from Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” Brackett’s “Simple Gifts,” and the traditional song “Bought Me a Cat.” This is the first of three consecutive years during which   these students will learn to play pieces on recorders and to sing along with the orchestra.

 


 

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