February 14, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DVOŘÁK’S CELLO CONCERTO, JOHN CLEESE, THE INDIGO GIRLS, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, AND A KENJI BUNCH WORLD PREMIERE LIGHT UP MARCH AT OREGON SYMPHONY


(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Iconic is the word for this month’s concert lineup at the Oregon Symphony: the world’s most popular cello concerto, by Dvořák, alongside the 35th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s classic tale of boy-meets-alien, shown with live orchestral accompaniment of John Williams’ Oscar-winning score. Comedian/actor/writer/producer John Cleese of Monty Python presents a one-performance-only night of laughs, and the Indigo Girls perform their soulful hits accompanied by full orchestra. The final Kids Concert of the 2016/17 season rounds out a month of unforgettable performances.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH. 2
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

When and Where: March 2 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh

The Program: Relive the magic of Steven Spielberg’s classic film about boy-meets-alien in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen.

What’s special about this concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On E.T.: filmconcertslive.com/movies/e-t-extra-terrestrial/

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

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 11
SUNDAY, MARCH 12
MONDAY, MARCH 13
DVOŘÁK’S CELLO CONCERTO

When and Where: March 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Harriet Krijgh, cello

The Program:

Barber: Souvenirs
Bunch: Aspects of an Elephant (World Premiere)
*Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Harriet Krijgh: harrietkrijgh.com
On Kenji Bunch: kenjibunch.net

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-F, 10 am-9 pm, Sat. 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
JOHN CLEESE

When and Where: March 15 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: Actor/comedian John Cleese. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program: Actor, comedian, writer, and the tallest founding member of Monty Python, John Cleese brings his unique brand of humor to Portland for an evening of sidesplitting story-telling.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On John Cleese: thejohncleese.com

Tickets: begin at $50 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-F, 10 am-9 pm, Sat. 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 16
THE INDIGO GIRLS

When and Where: Mar. 16 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh and the Indigo Girls: Amy Ray, guitar/vocals; Emily Saliers, guitar/vocals

The Program: More than twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are still bringing their moving lyrics and signature harmonies to audiences the world over. Now the Grammy-winning duo returns to perform their all-time favorites with the Oregon Symphony orchestra, including “Land of Canaan,” “Power of Two,” and “Closer to Fine.”

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On The Indigo Girls: indigogirls.com

Tickets: begin at $25 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-F, 10 am-9 pm, Sat. 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 19
CASTLES AND WIZARDS

When and Where: March 19 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony and the Pacific Youth Choir, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh and selected guest artists: *Pam Mahon, narrator; Kenji Bunch, electric viola; Niel DePonte, electric drum set; Jason Schooler, electric bass; Kevin Doucette, electric keyboard; Alison Roper, dancer; Intel, electronics

The Program: Music of Mozart, William Walton, Britten, Beethoven, John Williams, Howard Shore and Principal Percussionist Niel DePonte capture the magical, mystical elements of this enchanting program.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Pam Mahon: arthousetalentandliterary.com/?p=958
On the Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.org
On Alison Roper: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison Roper
On Kevin Doucette: kevindoucette.com
On Kenji Bunch: kenjibunch.net

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-F, 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 March.

Woodwind Kinderkonzerts – “Song Soup”

March 13-15 the Woodwind Kinderkonzert Ensemble will put on nine performances for 3,000 K-2 graders at three host schools in the area. These interactive chamber concerts introduce young audiences to each of the sections of the orchestra. Popular Symphony performer Pam Mahon narrates this third in the series of four ensemble performances, entitled “Song Soup.” Audiences will enjoy cooking up some delicious tunes with the addition of the necessary ingredients: tempo, beat, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, and melody. 

Details for time, dates, and locations can be found at: http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/kinder.aspx

Brass Quintet to perform for students at Portland Public Schools’ Bridlemile Elementary

On March 7, the Brass Quintet of the Oregon Symphony will present two “Informances” –informational performances – to the students and teachers of Bridlemile Elementary. Each year a different ensemble is invited to present an “Informance” as part of that school’s vibrant music education curriculum. These collaborations in the schools are supported by the students’ Run for the Arts efforts and serve as, not only entertainment with information, but also a recruiting opportunity for students, as they consider which instrument they want to learn to play in 4th grade and up. The Oregon Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement mission in music education is to: inspire our youth, support a community of music-makers, and to fulfill a community need through the transformative power of music.


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

Season subscriptions, including the popular Flex Passes and Gift Cards, are still available through the Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353.

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