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Oregon Symphony Presents announces 2018/19 Season featuring performances spanning the entertainment spectrum

April 26, 2018

Oregon Symphony continues to expand its popular Oregon Symphony Presents (OSP) concerts, attracting diverse audiences with a passion for spectacular entertainment. The 2018/19 Season is no exception, featuring 20 concerts that stand apart from its core subscription programming including an evening with the incomparable Lily Tomlin, a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning comic Garry Trudeau, and a powerful matchup with guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and the Oregon Symphony.

OSP has served as an incubator for launching a number of innovative Symphony concerts which have now become traditions. This season will include the return of the wildly popular Popcorn Package, at which the Oregon Symphony performs the soundtracks of blockbuster movies projected in HD on a huge screen, as well as the 20th-anniversary celebration of Gospel Christmas and the annual New Years’ Eve celebration with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. OSP begins the 2018/19 Season with its latest tradition, a classical concert at the Oregon Zoo on September 1.

Tickets to OSP concerts are available to the general public on May 14, following the priority pre-sale period, during which specially priced tickets are available exclusively to Oregon Symphony subscribers.

Tickets to these concerts can be purchased:
Online at any time from orsymphony.org; 
By phone at 503-228-1353 or 800-228-7343 (M-F, 10 am–6 pm)
In person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M–F, 10 am–6 pm).


The Oregon Symphony anticipates adding a number of other concerts to this schedule as the season progresses. Subscribers to the Classical, Pops, Kids, and Popcorn series always receive news of these additions first and enjoy a limited-time pre-sale period during which they may purchase tickets ahead of the public with special discounts to most concerts.




Oregon Symphony Presents

2018/19 Specials Concerts Schedule

Oregon Zoo Concert
Saturday, September 1, 2018, 7 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor

The Oregon Symphony is delighted to launch its 2018/19 Season as part of the Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts series. Join us in this gorgeous natural setting for a delightful two-hour program of classical favorites, including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

NOTE: Tickets for Zoo Concerts are available at zooconcerts.com.

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

World-renowned acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela joins forces with the Oregon Symphony for a captivating night of epic riffs and intimate instrumentals.


Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 9, 2018, 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy, as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of the Force. Don’t miss A New Hope in concert, with the Oregon Symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ score live.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm, and Warner /Chappell Music.


The Music of U2
Saturday, September 15, 2018, 7:30 pm

Brent Havens, conductor

Join the Oregon Symphony for a classic rock tribute to U2 performed as you’ve never heard it before. Take a musical journey spanning four decades of unforgettable hits including “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Desire,” “One,” and many more.


Lily Tomlin
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 7:30 pm

Get ready for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter with the incomparable Lily Tomlin.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Opening Night with Renée Fleming
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano

The timeless Renée Fleming returns to transfix us all with her legendary voice and spellbinding artistry.


Star Trek Beyond in Concert
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 2 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

The third installment in J.J. Abrams’ franchise reboot, Star Trek Beyond is an epic sci-fi adventure that honors the series’ roots while delivering the mind-blowing action expected of today’s hottest blockbusters and a soaring orchestral score by Michael Giacchino.


Garry Trudeau
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:30 pm

Social observer and creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau has been drawing electoral commentary for nearly a half-century. No political figure has been spared his biting humor. Now, on national tour, Trudeau shares highlights from his latest book, #SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


The Capitol Steps
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 7:30 pm

It’s election night, and no matter who is winning or what is in the fake news, you can bet The Capitol Steps will lampoon both sides of the political spectrum with equal parts wit and foolishness. What more would you expect from the group that puts the “MOCK” in Democracy?!

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Tchaikovsky v. Drake
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:30 pm

Steve Hackman, conductor

Classical music meets hip-hop in this symphonic mashup from visionary composer and conductor Steve Hackman. Three vocalists and a rap artist join the Oregon Symphony to meld Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Fifth Symphony with more than a dozen Drake hits, including “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, and “Started from the Bottom,” creating a musical journey that seamlessly bridges two artists separated by more than a century.


Gospel Christmas 20th Anniversary
Friday, December 7, 2018, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 4 pm

Charles Floyd, conductor
Northwest Community Gospel Choir
Gary Hemenway,
music director

It’s the 20th Anniversary of Gospel Christmas, the tradition that just gets bigger and better, year after year! Join the region’s premier gospel singers and the Oregon Symphony for an evening that’s sure to have you on your feet, clapping and shouting, celebrating the true spirit of the season.


Cirque de la Symphonie
Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

The gravity-defying movements and choreography of these aerialists, acrobats, dancers, and jugglers have captivated audiences around the globe – so we invited them to present their spectacular holiday show. A wonderful treat for the whole family.

Norman Huynh, conductor


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2 pm

Tim Burton’s fantastical tale of the Pumpkin King, Oogie Boogie, and Sandy Claws comes to life on our big screen, complete with Danny Elfman’s film score performed live to picture. Costumes encouraged, it’s the perfect outing to get you ready for Christmas!


Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas
Monday, December 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
Oregon Chorale

Light holiday classics, a very merry sing-along, and seasonal favorites make for a jubilant evening shared with friends and the Oregon Symphony.


Big Band and Beethoven: New Year’s Celebration
Sunday, December 30, 2018, 7:30 pm
Monday, December 31, 2018, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Singers from PSU and Oregon Repertory Singers

Ellington/Strayhorn: The Nutcracker Suite
• Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

What finer way to ring in the New Year than with Duke Ellington’s delightfully cheeky twist on Tchaikovsky’s classic, followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and its glorious Ode to Joy? A little bit smart, a little bit sassy, thoroughly exhilarating.


Americana with Edgar Meyer
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor
• Edgar Meyer, double bass

Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite
• Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto No. 2
• Edgar Meyer: Double Bass Concerto No. 3
Still: Afro-American Symphony

Adding virtuosity to a classical-bluegrass blend all his own, Edgar Meyer makes music that’s equal parts irresistible and astonishing. Join the “Genius” grant winner and the Oregon Symphony for an unparalleled evening of Americana, including Copland’s idyllic Appalachian Spring.

Leslie Odom, Jr.
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Don’t miss this exhilarating evening of jazz standards and Broadway hits from Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr., who originated the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway blockbuster Hamilton.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 7:30 pm

The Japanese taiko-drumming troupe returns for a dramatic performance full of pulsing rhythms, athletic virtuosity, and stirring passion.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 2 pm

Justin Freer, conductor

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabanin Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by live music from the Oregon Symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)


Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:30 pm

Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals
Melissa Aldana, sax
Yasushi Nakamura, bass
Bria Skonber, trumpet
Jamison Ross, drums

Join us for the 60th-anniversary celebration of the Monterey Jazz Festival with a roster of diverse and international millennial talent representing the leaders of jazz’s future including Cécile McLorin Salvant, one of the most acclaimed vocalists of her generation.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform.