November 3, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OREGON SYMPHONY’S PERFORMANCE OF MESSIAEN’S
TURANGALÎLA WILL BE A FEAST FOR THE EYES

AS WELL AS THE EARS

Special panel discussion featuring video animator Rose Bond,
Portland Art Museum Executive Director Brian Ferriso, and
Music Director Carlos Kalmar scheduled for November 15.


(PORTLAND, Ore.) –  In the second of the Oregon Symphony’s SoundSights concerts, renowned Pacific Northwest College of Art animator Rose Bond and her team of PNCA students will transform the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in this original production. This production follows the recent semi-staged version of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle featuring Dale Chihuly’s striking glass sculptures and precedes the final SoundSights production in May of Stravinsky’s Perséphone, when the Symphony collaborates with Michael Curry of Lion King fame.

The SoundSights series is designed to redefine the classical concert experience for the Symphony’s growing audiences by adding the richness of sight to the pleasure of sound.

TURANGALÎLA
Saturday, December 3 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 4 | 2 pm
Monday, December 5 | 7:30 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Wagner:               “Prelude and Liebestod” from Tristan and Isolde
Messiaen:             Turangalîla-Symphonie

Renowned video animator Rose Bond and her team transform the ornate walls of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall into a riveting visual stage for Messiaen’s symphonic dance of love and joy.

Asked about her part in this production, Rose Bond says: “I saw this project as an immense and moving challenge. It’s a beautiful monster of a symphony, an ode to love that is deeply touched by loss. Messiaen was a synesthete. For him sound evoked color. As a result, Turangalîla invites visualization in a unique way. There’s a branch of animation called visual music. Think of a Kandinsky in motion, a Lucinda Parker in flux, a Sol LeWitt rearranging. Visual music has the immediacy and impact of a painting choreographed to the dynamism and fluidity of music. As film, it has the power to burst from expectation.”

Tickets to Turangalîla begin at $23 and can be purchased online at OrSymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

The Oregon Symphony’s SoundSights series is sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Turangalîla performances are sponsored by Umpqua Bank.

Rose Bond’s part of the project was supported in part by an Oregon Media Arts Fellowship funded by the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Media Production Association in partnership with the Northwest Film Center. Bond’s efforts are an example of the deep studio work and energizing collaboration that happens throughout the Pacific Northwest College of Art among students and between students and faculty every day. 

Special Panel Discussion: Illuminating Turangalîla

The Oregon Symphony, Portland Art Museum, and Pacific Northwest College of Art present a special evening exploring a unique convergence of art forms—symphonic music and video animation. The panel features Oregon Symphony Music Director Carlos Kalmar, Pacific Northwest College of Art media artist Rose Bond, and Portland Art Museum Director and Chief Curator Brian Ferriso for a uniquely Portland panel discussion.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6-8 pm
Fred and Suzanne Fields Ballroom, Mark Building
Portland Art Museum
1119 SW Park Avenue

Tickets for the general public are $10. Tickets are free for Oregon Symphony subscribers and Portland Art Museum members. To order, call the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353 or visit: OrSymphony.org/panel

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