December 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NADJA SALERNO-SONNENBERG PLAYS AND CONDUCTS VIVALDI; THE OREGON SYMPHONY PERFORMS TCHAIKOVSKY’S ROMEO AND JULIET, RESPIGHI’S THE PINES OF ROME, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE; VIOLINIST STEFAN JACKIW, CELLIST ALBAN GERHARDT, INDIE-FOLK BAND DEVOTCHKA JOIN THE OREGON SYMPHONY ON STAGE IN JANUARY


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Take the chill off those cold January nights with an array of sizzling performances from the Oregon Symphony: the fiery passion of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg doing double duty as violinist and conductor in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; a (mostly) all-Russian program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and violinist Stefan Jackiw performing Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto; the blockbuster film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, screened to a live performance of John Williams’ award-winning score; the symphonic brilliance of Respighi’s Pines of Rome; and Denver indie rock sensation DeVotchKa, who combine their eclectic folk-ethno style with the rich sound of the full orchestra. 

SATURDAY, JAN. 7
SUNDAY, JAN. 8
NADJA AND THE FOUR SEASONS

When and Where:
Jan. 7 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Jan. 8 at 7 pm at the Skyview Concert Hall in Vancouver WA
(This concert will also be performed in Salem on Jan. 6 at 8 pm. See orsymphonysalem.org for more information.) 

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor and violinist *Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

The Program:

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

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: nadjasalernosonnenberg.com

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-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 and the Skyview Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14
SUNDAY, JAN. 15
MONDAY, JAN. 16
THE PINES OF ROME

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm, Jan. 15 at 2 pm and Jan. 16 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Alban Gerhardt, cello
           
The Program:           

Franck: Les Éolides (The Breezes)
*Dutilleux: A Whole Distant World Cello Concerto
Haydn: Symphony No. 80
Respighi: The Pines of Rome

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Alban Gerhardt: albangerhardt.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-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

THURSDAY, JAN. 19
DEVOTCHKA

When and Where: Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; *DeVotchKa (Nick Urata, vocals, theremin, guitar, bouzouki, piano, trumpet; Tom Hagerman, violin, accordion, piano; Jeanie Schroder, vocals, sousaphone, double bass, flute; Shawn King, percussion, trumpet)

The Program: DeVotchKa, the multi-instrumental indie band from Denver, pairs its folk and world music sound with the lush, full sounds of a symphony orchestra. The program will feature some of their biggest hits, including “How It Ends,” “The Winner Is,” and “The Last Day.”
           
What’s So Special About This Concert:

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

Tickets: Begin as low as $20 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-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21
SUNDAY, JAN. 22
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONETM IN CONCERT

When and Where: [Editors: please note different start times] Jan. 21 at 7:30 pm and Jan. 22 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Justin Freer and the Pacific Youth Choir

The Program: The first of the Harry Potter films, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, shown on a 40-foot giant screen, in HD, with the Oregon Symphony performing the score live.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher%27s_Stone_(film)
On Justin Freer: harrypotterinconcert.com/about/the_producers/
On the Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.org

Tickets: Concerts are sold out. Should any tickets become available they 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.

SATURDAY, JAN. 28
SUNDAY, JAN. 29
MONDAY, JAN. 30
TCHAIKOVSKY’S ROMEO AND JULIET

When and Where: Jan. 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Stefan Jackiw, violin
           
The Program:           

Shepherd: Magiya
*Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Stravinsky: “Divertimento” from Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss)
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Stefan Jackiw: stefanjackiw.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-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); 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 January.

Symphony Storytime at Holgate Library in SE Portland

Every Wednesday in January from 1-2 pm an Oregon Symphony musician will play along with a Holgate branch youth librarian in the very popular Symphony Storytimes. This program introduces pre-schoolers to the sounds of each instrument family as the music enhances beloved stories. The first half-hour will include several fun picture books read by the librarian, accompanied by a musician; the second half-hour is a chance for families to learn more about life as a professional musician in the Oregon Symphony and to try out an instrument.

1/4/17              Nina DeCesare              double bass
1/11/17            Evan Kuhlmann          bassoon
1/18/17            Doug Reneau                 trumpet
1/25/17            Gordon Rencher           percussion

January 6, 2017 – Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Oregon Symphony Winds and Brass Orchestra at Cesar Chavez School

The wind and brass sections will perform for the students and families of North Portland’s Cesar Chavez School. BRAVO Youth Orchestra brass and winds students will play along with their Oregon Symphony counterparts in two side-by-side pieces. As the BRAVO Youth Orchestra continues to grow within the Portland Public Schools in North Portland, the Oregon Symphony strengthens our relationship with these young players as musician mentors and resources as they learn about the music, what it takes to be a musician, along with playing techniques.

While she is in Portland to perform with the Oregon Symphony, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will also make a trip to a BRAVO Youth Orchestra rehearsal to work with the string orchestra’s progress. She last visited them in 2015 and told them that she would be back.

Cellist Alban Gerhardt to visit Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and St. Mary’s Home for Boys

From 2012-2015 Alban Gerhardt served as Artist-in-Residence and developed close relationships with many of the area schools and young musicians. He will revisit some of those partners, coaching the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra cellists on Saturday, January 14 at their scheduled rehearsal at Roseway Heights, as well as performing a recital for the eager students at St. Mary’s Home for Boys.

 


 

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