May 13, 2016



With a slate of concerts and presentations that spans
the musical and entertainment spectrum from
Oregon Symphony Presents satisfies the
region’s wide-ranging musical tastes.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) The Oregon Symphony takes pride not only in the quality of its playing but also in the breadth of its musical and entertainment offerings. Now, with sales for its Classical, Pops and Kids subscriptions well underway and selling above last year’s record numbers, the Symphony is pleased to announce its 2016/17 Special Concerts.

Announced separately from subscription concerts, this entertainment slate includes 25 performances of 20 separate concerts, spanning the musical spectrum from film scores to video games, from rock to gospel, with international stars like Il Divo, Renée Fleming, Boyz II Men, and Wynton Marsalis.

Tickets to Oregon Symphony Presents concerts are available to the general public on May 14, following the priority pre-sale period, during which specially priced tickets are available to Oregon Symphony subscribers.

Tickets to these concerts can be purchased:
Online at any time from;
By phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 (M-F, 10 am-9 pm; Sa 10 am – 6 pm); or
In person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm).

THE POPCORN PACKAGE—designed especially for film score lovers!

Patrons who purchase all three movie concerts—Raiders of the Lost Ark, It’s a Wonderful Life, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial—as part of the Popcorn Package will receive a 10% discount.

A complete list of Oregon Symphony Presents 2016/17 Special Concerts can be viewed at:

There’s still time to get a 10% discount on these concerts!

Subscriptions to the Symphony’s Classical, Pops, and Kids Series are still available by phone (503-228-1353), online at or in person at 909 SW Washington, Portland. These season subscriptions entitle subscribing patrons to a 10% discount on most Oregon Symphony Presents concerts.

The Symphony anticipates adding a number of other concerts to this schedule as the season progresses. Subscribers to the Classical, Pops, and Kids Series always receive news of these additions first and enjoy a limited-time pre-sale period during which they may purchase tickets ahead of the public with special discounts to most concerts.




The Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Direct from Beijing comes the world’s most riveting acrobatic troupe, whose astonishing acts have dazzled audiences the world over. China’s preeminent circus company will thrill your whole family with its winning combination of athleticism, energy, and charm.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Renée Fleming
Saturday, September 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano

We can’t imagine a better way to begin the Oregon Symphony’s 120th Anniversary Season than with the legendary diva herself. Her amazing voice, her charm, and her musical range astonished a sell-out audience in her last appearance with us. A not-to-be-missed experience.


Boyz II Men
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Back by popular demand! One of the most iconic R&B groups in music history returns to the Oregon Symphony. The four-time Grammy Award winners have thrilled audiences around the world for more than two decades with their smooth harmonies and enduring themes. Count on them for favorites like “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day,” “Motownphilly,” and many others.


The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest 
Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Amy Andersson, conductor
Pacific Youth Choir

Journey to Hyrule and celebrate The Legend of Zelda with “Master Quest,” the next chapter of the multi-media Symphony of the Goddesses tour! Chronicling favorite moments from the franchise’s 29-year history, “Master Quest” also includes never-before-performed scores and gorgeous, larger-than-life gameplay imagery from the latest Zelda release, Tri Force Heroes.


The Music of David Bowie
Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Brent Havens, conductor

His music lives on! A full rock band and vocalist join the orchestra to celebrate the one-of-a-kind genius in a sensational musical odyssey through his unforgettable body of work with “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl,” and many more.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis returns to Portland for one night only! It’s impossible to say enough about this extraordinary musician and this magnificent orchestra. Suffice it to say, this will be an evening of jazz played by the very best.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Itzhak Perlman Recital
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 7:30 pm 

Itzhak Perlman, violin
Rohan De Silva, piano

Brahms: Sonata No. 2
Ravel: Sonata No. 2

The reigning virtuoso of the violin returns once more to share his remarkable artistry and irrepressible joy for making music. This will be a rare evening with the 16-time Grammy winner who continues to thrill audiences around the world.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


The Capitol Steps
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 7:30 pm

It’s election day! Regardless of how your favorite candidates are faring, it’s time for political parody at its hilarious best. Cast your ballots, then sit back and enjoy the nation’s leading political satirists as they put the “mock” back in democracy . . . and then catch all the news and results when you get home.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Raiders of the Lost Ark
Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Norman Huynh, conductor

In the action-adventure franchise of the century, Harrison Ford stars as the intrepid archaeologist with a penchant for adventure. Go back to where it all began, as Indiana Jones is brought to life by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and the Oregon Symphony orchestra, playing John Williams’ memorable score.


Il Divo: Amor & Pasión
Friday, November 11, 2016 | 7:30 pm

With their extraordinary mix of opera, pop, folk and more, multi-platinum winning Il Divo has become the most successful classical crossover group in history. Now they’ll bring the smoldering passion and sultry rhythms of Spain, Cuba, and Argentina to Portland in a one-night-only performance!

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Gospel Christmas
Friday, December 9, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 | 4 pm

Charles Floyd, conductor

This 18-year tradition keeps getting bigger and better. The region’s premier gospel singers and the Oregon Symphony orchestra will have you on your feet, clapping and shouting, celebrating the true spirit of the season. Don’t miss out on this exhilarating experience!


It’s a Wonderful Life
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Oregon Repertory Singers

Everyone’s favorite feel-good holiday classic! Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed star in the timeless tale of a discouraged businessman whose guardian angel helps him discover the far-reaching influence of everyday kindness. The orchestra performs the uplifting soundtrack in real time.


Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas
Sunday, December 18, 2016 | 3 pm & 7 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

A frothy holiday mix of light classical works along with your favorite seasonal songs, all capped with a traditional sing-along that will put you in the finest of Yuletide spirits.


Ode to Joy: New Year’s Celebration
Friday, December 30, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 31, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Portland Symphonic Choir

What better to way start the New Year than this celebration of triumph and joy! Beethoven’s Ninth and the full-throated glory of its soaring Ode to Joy will have you ready to pop the cork and welcome in an exhilarating New Year.


Nadja and the Four Seasons
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 7:30 pm

• Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, conductor and violin

• Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Bizet/Shchedrin: Carmen Suite

One of the world’s – and Portland’s – favorite violinists returns! And this time Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg both plays and conducts the orchestra in one of the world’s most popular pieces, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.


A Storm Large Valentine
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

When Storm Large joins the band, she sets hearts to pounding. When it comes to love, few singers approach matters of the heart with the gusto, the passion, and, yes, the grit, of this powerful performer.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

The special friendship between 10-year-old Elliott and a homesick alien still touches audiences in an emotional way. Part fantasy, part science fiction, and so totally lovable that it won four Academy Awards® – including Best Score for John Williams’ music. The orchestra’s live performance with E.T. on the big screen is an experience the whole family will enjoy!


John Cleese
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm

He’s a brilliant actor and writer, and the tallest member of Monty Python. He’s also a founding father of modern comedy, whose multitude of fans will be hanging on his every word!

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Gil Shaham
Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 2 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Gil Shaham, violin

Richard Heuberger: The Opera Ball Overture
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Indigo and the Forty Thieves Overture
• Korngold: Violin Concerto
Suppé: Poet and Peasant Overture
Josef Strauss: Dynamiden waltzes
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Viva Vienna! While the night away with Carlos, the orchestra, and some of the greatest music composed by Viennese composers, played by one of the most extraordinary violinists of our time.


Jim Fullan
Vice President/Communications, Marketing, Sales