January 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STORM LARGE, YEFIM BRONFMAN, JEFFREY KAHANE, TANGO CALIENTE, KODO, ELGAR’S ENIGMA VARIATIONS AND DVOŘÁK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY HEADLINE NOT-TO-BE-MISSED OREGON SYMPHONY CONCERTS IN FEBRUARY


(PORTLAND, Ore.) –The year’s shortest month features almost as many standout concerts as there are dates! Whether your taste runs to the sultry song stylings of Portland’s hottest diva, Storm Large, who returns for another unforgettable Valentine’s Day concert; the primal sounds of Japan’s most acclaimed Taiko ensemble, Kodo; the spicy-hot sizzle of tango; the ever-popular Enigma Variations; or Dvořák’s show-stopping New World Symphony, you’ll find a concert – or two! – sure to delight. Also on tap: acclaimed pianists Yefim Bronfman and Jeffrey Kahane perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, respectively, and families with kids will enjoy a magical guided tour through the orchestra in our Kids Concert, the Pied Piper of Portlandia.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1
KODO

When and Where: Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: Kodo, Japan’s most celebrated Taiko ensemble. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On Kodo: kodo.or.jp/index_en.html

Tickets: begin at $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-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

SATURDAY, FEB. 4
SUNDAY, FEB. 5
MONDAY, FEB. 6
DVOŘÁK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Feb. 4 at 7:30 pm, Feb. 5 at 2 pm and Feb. 6 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. (This concert will also be performed in Salem on Feb. 3 at 8 pm. See orsymphonysalem.org for more information.) 

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Yefim Bronfman, piano.
           
The Program:           

Currier: Microsymph
*Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Yefim Bronfman: yefimbronfman.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-6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

SUNDAY, FEB. 12
PIED PIPER OF PORTLANDIA

When and Where: Feb. 12 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, Dance West, the Pacific Youth Choir, and students of the Oregon Suzuki Association, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; *Pam Mahon, narrator.

The Program: Experience a musical adventure inside the orchestra with Benjamin Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, plus selections from Italian operas, Richard Wagner, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Pam Mahon: arthousetalentandliterary.com
On Dance West: dancewestcompany.com
On the Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.org
On the Oregon Suzuki Association: oregonsuzukiassociation.org

Tickets: begin as low as $10 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-6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

TUESDAY, FEB. 14
A STORM LARGE VALENTINE

When and Where: Feb. 14 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; *Storm Large, vocals.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Storm Large: stormlarge.com

Tickets: Begin at $40 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); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

SATURDAY, FEB. 18
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
TANGO CALIENTE

When and Where: [Editors: please note different start times] Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm and Feb. 19 at 3 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik; *Tango Pacifico; *Pepe Raphael, vocals; *Héctor Del Curto, bandoneón; *Patricio Touceda, dancer; *Eva Lucero, dancer.

The Program: The spiciest concert of our season, featuring world-renowned tango musicians Pepe Raphael and Hector Del Curto, dancers Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero, and Portland’s own Tango Pacifico.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Pepe Raphael: bottleblondes.com/band.htm
On Tango Pacifico: tangopacificotheband.com/musicians/musicians.html

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-6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.



SATURDAY, FEB. 25
SUNDAY, FEB. 26  
MONDAY, FEB 27
ELGAR’S ENIGMA VARIATIONS

When and Where: Feb. 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Christoph König; *Jeffrey Kahane, piano
           
The Program:

Adams: Slonimsky’s Earbox
*Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
Elgar: Engima Variations

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Christoph König: christophkoenig.at
On Jeffrey Kahane: cmartists.com/artists/jeffrey-kahane.htm

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-6 pm); 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 February.

“Collaborations” Young People’s Concerts
February 7 and 9 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
February 10 at Willamette University’s Smith Hall

Conducted by Associate Conductor Norman Huynh, these concerts will demonstrate some wonderful collaborations in orchestral music. Students will hear themes from beloved operas, ballets, musicals and movies. Featured will be 17 year-old Fumika Mizuno, Portland Youth Philharmonic’s violinist and concert master, as she performs Sarasate’s virtuosic “Carmen Fantasy.” Guest singers Pam Mahon and Stacey Murdock will perform selections from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The program also includes excerpts from major works by Bernstein, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Stravinsky, and John Williams.

Teachers will be provided with a CD with the program selections, along with a teacher’s guide to prepare grades 3-8 students in advance. Tickets are priced so that the music is accessible to all. There is no fee for students in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program or for chaperones. Tickets are set at $3 for others.

musicNOW program returns to the Rose Schnitzer Manor
Wednesdays in February

The Oregon Symphony’s musicNOW program, aimed at raising the level of social and emotional health through music and movement for those members of the community no longer able to come to the concert hall, will be held at Rose Schnitzer Manor each Wednesday in February.

In partnership with Earthtones Music Therapy Services, Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon, Marylhurst University’s Music Therapy program, and Mary’s Woods Continuing Care Retirement Community, this fun and music-interactive program was thoughtfully developed in the 2015-16 season with Mary’s Woods memory care and assisted living residents, along with Oregon Symphony musicians and Earthtones music therapy interns enrolled at Marylhurst University.



Photos for media uses can be accessed at: www.orsymphony.org/newsroom/artists.aspx

Season subscriptions, including the popular Choose Your Own Passes and Gift Cards, are still available through the Symphony Ticket Office at (503) 228-1353.

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