Press Coverage

2017/18 Season

MAY 15, 2018 | Portland Monthly

The World’s Most Famous Violinist Just Played at a Portland Recovery Center

Grammy award-winning classical violinist Joshua Bell can (and did) pack the Schnitz for three days straight. But while in town, he also played a much more intimate show at a multipurpose recovery center in downtown Portland. Bell, arguably the world’s most famous violinist, gave a private performance last Friday, May 11, at Central City Concern’s Old Town Recovery Center, for a small but appreciative audience—and all free of charge.  Read More

MAY 11, 2018 | KATU

Community Singers featured in Oregon Symphony’s Sounds of Home Series

Thank you. Those two words begin the 13th and final movement of Gabriel Kahane’s original composition, titled “emergency shelter intake form”. Thank you for your patience. The Oregon Symphony commissioned the piece and will be world-premiering it in performances May 12th, 13th and 14th. And helping bring it to life on the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall stage is a group of singers who in many cases have lived the words they’re singing. Read More

May 6, 2018 | Oregonian

Heartfelt lullabies from the shadows

Tasha Powell found the courage to step out of the shadows and share her heart in a song. To listen is to bear witness to the power of art to bridge our differences. Powell, 39, is homeless. In Portland, there may be no word that stirs as much emotion and judgment on all sides of this complex issue. That makes it easy to traffic in stereotypes. Read More

May 5, 2018 | Oregonian

Orchestral piece about homelessness asks audience to imagine trying to find shelter

Eclectic singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane will make his Oregon Symphony debut as composer and performer with the world premiere of his piece “emergency shelter intake form,” an orchestral and vocal work about homelessness. Kahane will take the stage with Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Portland vocalists Holcombe Waller and Holland Andrews and Portland’s Maybelle Community Singers as part of the third and final installment in Oregon Symphony’s “Sounds of Home” series. Read More

April 23, 2018 | KOIN

Lullaby Project brings music to homeless moms, babies

A unique program that started at Carnegie Hall in New York has come to Portland to help mothers dealing with homelessness. The Oregon Symphony approached Portland Homeless Family Solutions to bring the Lullaby Project to Portland. The program pairs mothers with singer/songwriters to create lullabies for their babies. Read More

April 10, 2018 | OPB

Think Out Loud: The Lullaby Project

A project by the Oregon Symphony and Portland Homeless Family Solutions partnered local songwriters with homeless mothers to write lullabies for their children. The songs from the Lullaby Project were professionally recorded and will be released this week. We talk with one of the mothers and one of the songwriters about their lullaby. Read More

March 26, 2018 | Oregon Arts Watch

Oregon Symphony review: engaging the elements of drama

An academic analysis of the Verdi Requiem reveals the brilliance with which one of the great romantic musical dramatists set text and music for the ultimate dramatic impact. It’s all there. No brainer…let it ride…can’t improve on perfection. Right. Not so in this series opening performance from this Oregon Symphony. Read More

March 25, 2018 | Portland Monthly

Cue the Drum Roll For Percussionist Colin Currie’s Portland Finale

Scottish percussionist Colin Currie revels in his Portland visits. An Oregon Symphony guest soloist for the past 15 years, for the last three years he’s performed here annually, as the symphony’s official artist-in-residence. In that time, Currie discovered (and fell in love with) Nong’s Khao Man Gai, and he’s on a first-name basis with owner Andy at fish-and-chip cart the Frying Scotsman. Read More

February 9, 2018 | KATU

Oregon Symphony: A cello love story nearly 20 years in the making

The Oregon Symphony creates stories out of sound. Sitting in the audience, you feel almost embraced by the sounds, the musicians and performers on stage, and the story their music is weaving. But there's a love story at play in the string section of the Oregon Symphony, a story that's almost 20 years in the making. Read More

January 3, 2018 | Willamette Week

Brahms vs. Radiohead Is a Mashup 142 Years in the Making

Steve Hackman was in his first assistant conducting gig when he began to feel disconnected from both the pop music he cherished and other 20-somethings. So he quit. Read More

October 29, 2017 | Oregonian

Oregon Symphony challenges convention this season

Long before last November’s election heightened the state of partisan divisiveness, the Oregon Symphony challenged itself to connect to the greater community through critical issues of our day. We asked our neighbors what matters to them, and their responses led us to create the “Sounds of Home.” This three-part concert series challenges the conventions of classical music by exploring immigration, the environment and homelessness. Read More


September 1, 2017 | KGW

Oregon Symphony kicks off season tomorrow

Scott Showalter joins Portland Today to talk about the Oregon Symphony 2018/18 Season. Watch Video