The free, day-long celebration of music features performances by local artists and the Oregon Symphony
Today, Oregon Symphony announces the return of the largest free community concert in Oregon, the Waterfront Concert and Festival, on Saturday, September 3, 2022. The family-friendly event, hosted by Oregon Symphony, welcomes visitors to Tom McCall Waterfront Park for an all-day celebration full of music and singing. The concert features a variety of music from outstanding local artists and a robust musical program performed by the Oregon Symphony.
Music Director David Danzmayr leads the concert and recently appointed Assistant Conductor Deanna Tham will make her Oregon Symphony debut. The Symphony will take the stage at 7:00pm with a magnificent program that includes music featured in popular films (John Williams’ flying theme from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and the main theme from the epic film The Mission) to masterworks from iconic composers (Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky) and pieces that provide a window to other cultures (Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estancia and Sibelius’s Finlandia). It will also include a performance of “O Soave fanciulla” fromPuccini’s La Bohème that will feature Portland Opera vocalists, soprano Vanessa Isiguen and tenor Tony Kalil. The concert culminates with the Oregon Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with cannon fire from the Oregon Army National Guard.
“Waterfront Concert and Festival is a summer musical tradition for all Oregonians,” says Scott Showalter, Oregon Symphony President and CEO, “It’s a unique opportunity for people to gather outside and experience an extraordinary array of local artists of diverse backgrounds and share the joy and power of a live Oregon Symphony concert.”
The free festival begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland with performances from local artists and community partners such as Portland Taiko, MYSfits, vocalist Alonzo Chadwick and Zoulful, blues and gospel vocalist LaRhonda Steele, Jan Michael Looking Wolf with Indigenous flutists, Joe Powers & Courtney Von Drehle, and Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, who will perform the music of Central and South America. The Oregon Symphony concert follows starting at 7:00pm.
This year’s concert and festival will again feature jumbotron screens to enhance the concert-viewing experience. Concertgoers are asked to bring only low-profile chairs or blankets for seating to preserve sight lines for those behind them. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in Tom McCall Waterfront Park pursuant to the Oregon Symphony’s permit with the City of Portland. There are no current state or local COVID-19 regulations regarding entry to this outdoor event, therefore proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test or wearing a mask are not required. We ask that everyone be respectful of and considerate to all event goers. For more information and a detailed performance schedule go to orsymphony.org/waterfront.
The Waterfront Concert signals the opening of the Oregon Symphony’s 2022-2023 season this fall with concerts that include celebrated singer Renée Fleming opening the season, audience favorites like Carmina Burana and Holst’s The Planets to works by Beethoven and Gershwin, and legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman. The upcoming season will also feature films shown on the big screen with the Oregon Symphony performing the scores live, such as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Hocus Pocus, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™, The Goonies, and Elf™. The Symphony’s wide-ranging programs include pops concerts such as music by The Beatles and “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony '' featuring beloved Looney Tunes cartoons projected on the big screen, and “Star Wars vs. Star Trek” that showcases music from John Williams.
Season subscriptions and individual tickets to Oregon Symphony concerts are on sale now. Ticket information and pricing are available at www.orsymphony.org or 503-228-1353.
About Oregon Symphony
The multi-Grammy Award-nominated Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras. Led by Music Director David Danzmayr, it serves more than 250,000 people annually through live concerts and award-winning education and community engagement programs. The Oregon Symphony has broken attendance and fundraising records in recent years, while innovating on stage through new series such as SoundSights, Sounds of Home, and SoundStories. Additionally, online programming and syndicated broadcasts reach tens of millions more people throughout the world. The 2021-2022 season marked the 125th anniversary for the Oregon Symphony, the oldest orchestra in the Western United States. For more information, visit www.orsymphony.org.