Month xx, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MESSIAEN’S TURANGALÎLA SYMPHONY PAIRED WITH VIDEO ANIMATION; IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE; AND SENSATIONAL MIX OF SEASONAL CONCERTS, INCLUDING GOSPEL CHRISTMAS AND PORTLAND’S FAVORITE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION FEATURING BEETHOVEN’S NINTH, HIGHLIGHT DECEMBER CONCERTS


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the holidays with the Oregon Symphony’s December concerts, beginning with the second concert in the SoundSights series: an innovative performance of Olivier Messiaen’s groundbreaking Turangalîla Symphony, performed with video animation created by renowned media artist Rose Bond and members of the Pacific Northwest College of Art and projected on the walls of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for an evening of stunning aural and visual creativity. Celebrate the 70th anniversary of everyone’s favorite holiday film, It’s A Wonderful Life, screened with live symphonic accompaniment, and get your tickets now for the always-popular Gospel Christmas concerts featuring the Northwest Community Gospel Choir’s special high-energy joy.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 3
SUNDAY, DEC. 4
MONDAY, DEC. 5
TURANGALÎLA

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm, Dec. 4 at 2 pm and Dec. 5 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Steven Osborne, piano; *Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot; *Rose Bond and PNCA, video animators

The Program:           

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

Special Panel Discussion: Illuminating Turangalîla

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

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. After the panel attendees will enjoy light refreshments and cash bar.

Panel 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

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Steven Osborne: stevenosborne.co.uk
On Cynthia Millar: owenwhitemanagement.com/artist/cynthia-millar/
On Rose Bond: rosebond.com
On PNCA: pnca.edu

Tickets: 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-Sat, 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.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 9
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
SUNDAY DEC. 11
GOSPEL CHRISTMAS

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Dec. 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm; Dec. 11 at 4 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Guest Conductors Charles Floyd and Gary Hemenway, and the Northwest Community Gospel Choir
           
The Program: A high-energy performance that includes “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Joy to the World,” “It’s Time,” “Anthem of Praise,” and other Gospel holiday favorites.
           
What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On the Northwest Community Gospel Choir: orsymphony.org/bios/guestartists/ncgc.aspx
On Charles Floyd: charlesfloyd.com
Tickets: begin at $35 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-Sat, 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.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 17
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

When and Where: Dec. 17 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh and the Oregon Repertory Singers

The Program: Everyone’s favorite feel-good holiday classic, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On It’s A Wonderful Life: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Wonderful_Life

Tickets: begin at $30 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-Sat, 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.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 18
COMFORT AND JOY: A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS

When and Where: Dec. 18 at 3 pm and repeating at 7 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; *Sydney Outlaw, baritone

The Program: This concert features Christmas favorites, including “White Christmas,” “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and “What Child is This?,” along with timeless classical music celebrating the season, such as “Waltz of the Flowers” and “Mother Ginger” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Benjamin Britten’s Men of Goodwill, and “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” from Handel’s Messiah.
           
What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Sydney Outlaw: sidneyoutlaw.com

Tickets: Begin as low as $20 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-Sat, 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.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 30
SATURDAY, DEC. 31
ODE TO JOY: NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

When and Where: Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Portland Symphonic Choir; *Amber Wagner, soprano; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; Portland Symphonic Choir

The Program:

            Leyden: Big Band orchestral works
            *Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Amber Wagner: imgartists.com/artist/amber_wagner
On Kelley O’Connor: kelleyoconnor.com
On Anthony Dean Griffey: anthonydeangriffey.com
On Dashon Burton: dashonburton.com
On Portland Symphonic Choir: pschoir.org

Tickets: Begin at $45 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-Sat, 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.

 

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.

Dec. 5-7 String Kinderkonzerts—“Opposites”
The Oregon Symphony String Kinderkonzert Ensemble will put on nine performances for 3,000 K-2 graders at three host schools in the area. These interactive chamber concerts are geared toward an introduction to each of the sections of the orchestra. Pam Mahon narrates this second in the series of four, entitled “Opposites”. A sunny day after weeks of rain, making noise after being quiet, or a restful night after an action-packed day… opposites are what make life interesting and fun. Details for time, dates, and locations can be found at: http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/kinder.aspx

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet partners with the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility’s Choir to present the 3rd Annual Holiday Concert. This is the third year that the Oregon Symphony musicians have brought their music and made connections with the CCCF. This year, musicians are taking the music further by working together with the very enthusiastic and active CCCF Women’s Choir.

 

Photos for media uses can be accessed at: www.orsymphony.org/newsroom/artists.aspx
Season subscriptions, including the popular Choose Your Own packages and Gift Cards, are still available through the Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353.

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