NADJA SALERNO-SONNENBERG PLAYS AND CONDUCTS VIVALDI; THE OREGON SYMPHONY PERFORMS TCHAIKOVSKY’S ROMEO AND JULIET, RESPIGHI’S THE PINES OF ROME, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE; VIOLINIST STEFAN JACKIW, CELLIST ALBAN GERHARDT, INDIE-FOLK BAND DEVOTCHKA JOIN THE OREGON SYMPHONY ON STAGE IN JANUARY

December 7, 2016

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Take the chill off those cold January nights with an array of sizzling performances from the Oregon Symphony: the fiery passion of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg doing double duty as violinist and conductor in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; a (mostly) all-Russian program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and violinist Stefan Jackiw performing Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto; the blockbuster film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, screened to a live performance of John Williams’ award-winning score; the symphonic brilliance of Respighi’s Pines of Rome; and Denver indie rock sensation DeVotchKa, who combine their eclectic folk-ethno style with the rich sound of the full orchestra. 

SATURDAY, JAN. 7
SUNDAY, JAN. 8

NADJA AND THE FOUR SEASONS

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

        Jan. 8 at 7 pm at the Skyview Concert Hall in Vancouver WA

(This concert will also be performed in Salem on Jan. 6 at 8 pm. See orsymphonysalem.org for more information.) 

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor and violinist *Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

The Program:           

                        *Vivaldi:                     The Four Seasons

                        *Bizet/Shchedrin:      Carmen Suite

What’s special about this concert:

  • The January 8 performance in Vancouver, Washington marks the first Oregon Symphony performance in that city.
  • Hailed as “one of the few classical artists who must be experienced in person” (Washington Post), internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg returns to the Oregon Symphony in a dual role as both soloist and conductor.
  • Salerno-Sonnenberg has been performing-conducting simultaneously since 2008, when she assumed the music directorship of the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco.
  • Passion, excitement, and innovation are the hallmarks of Salerno-Sonnenberg’s artistry. Praised for her compelling performances, daring interpretations, and electric stage presence, she is one of today’s leading classical musicians, renowned for her work on the concert stage, in the recording studio, and on the conductor’s podium. With successful careers in both the solo and chamber music worlds, Salerno-Sonnenberg continues to enthrall audiences of all ages.
  • “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is arguably the most visual work in the classical repertory,” says Salerno-Sonnenberg. “The descriptions of nature and events are so vivid. I adore this piece for that very reason ... bringing those descriptions to life.” 
  • Salerno-Sonnenberg plays a rare 1721 Peter Guarneri violin, the “Miss Beatrice Lutyens, ex Cte de Sasserno.”

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: nadjasalernosonnenberg.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-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the Skyview Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SATURDAY, JAN. 14
SUNDAY, JAN. 15
MONDAY, JAN. 16

THE PINES OF ROME

When and Where: [Editors: please note different starting times] Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm, Jan. 15 at 2 pm and Jan. 16 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Alban Gerhardt, cello     

The Program:           

            Franck:                       Les Éolides (The Breezes)

            *Dutilleux:                  A Whole Distant World Cello Concerto

            Haydn:                        Symphony No. 80

            Respighi:                    The Pines of Rome        

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • “The calm authority and probing insight make [Alban Gerhardt] one of the finest cellists around – expressive, unshowy and infinitely classy.” —The Guardian
  • “A magician of cantabile playing and a master of virtuosic panache – one of the best cellists alive.” – Tagesspiegel (Daily Mirror, Berlin)
  • Laureate Music Director James DePreist made Respighi’s majestic Pines of Rome an Oregon Symphony signature work. In this concert, audiences can rediscover this favorite under Carlos Kalmar’s masterful direction.
  • Inspired by the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, Henri Dutilleux’ cello concerto is considered one of the most significant 20th century cello concertos.
  • Dutilleux wrote the concerto for and dedicated it to the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Alban Gerhardt: albangerhardt.com

Tickets: begin at $23 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-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

THURSDAY, JAN. 19

DEVOTCHKA

When and Where: Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; *DeVotchKa (Nick Urata, vocals, theremin, guitar, bouzouki, piano, trumpet; Tom Hagerman, violin, accordion, piano; Jeanie Schroder, vocals, sousaphone, double bass, flute; Shawn King, percussion, trumpet)

The Program: DeVotchKa, the multi-instrumental indie band from Denver, pairs its folk and world music sound with the lush, full sounds of a symphony orchestra. The program will feature some of their biggest hits, including “How It Ends,” “The Winner Is,” and “The Last Day.”     

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • DeVotchKa, who got their name from a quote in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, is a four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble featuring an eclectic array of instruments, including bouzouki, sousaphone, and theremin.
  • Originally a backing band for burlesque shows, in their early years DeVotchKa also toured with burlesque performer and model Dita Von Teese. Numerous nationwide tours in support of self-released records earned the band an underground following.
  • The song “How It Ends,” the title track of DeVotchKa’s 2004 album, introduced the band to a wider audience after it was featured in the trailer for the 2005 film, Everything Is Illuminated.
  • In 2006, DeVotchka scored the independent hit film Little Miss Sunshine, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. Their score was nominated for a 2006 Grammy for “Best Compilation Soundtrack.”
  • In 2011, DeVotchka teamed up with the Colorado Symphony; the following year, they subsequently released a live recording, about which one reviewer enthused, “Everything is exceptional about all four members of DeVotchKa; but with the addition of the Colorado Symphony, the sound will envelope you and take you on a journey beyond description.” —Amazon.com.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On DeVotchKa: devotchka.net

Tickets: Begin as low as $20 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-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the performance.

 

SATURDAY, JAN. 21
SUNDAY, JAN. 22

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONETM IN CONCERT

When and Where: [Editors: please note different start times] Jan. 21 at 7:30 pm and Jan. 22 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Justin Freer and the Pacific Youth Choir

The Program: The first of the Harry Potter films, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, shown on a 40-foot giant screen, in HD, with the Oregon Symphony performing the score live.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Re-experience the magic and wonder of Harry Potter with the full orchestra performing John Williams’ unforgettable score.
  • Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, explains, “The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra.”
  • The name John Williams is synonymous with iconic movie scores, and he has written music for more than 100 films, including some of the biggest blockbusters of our time: the Star Wars franchise, E. T., Superman, the Indiana Jones films, Jurassic Park, and the first three Harry Potter movies.
  • Williams has received five Academy Awards and 50 Oscar nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars.
  • Williams has also been awarded the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Olympic Order, seven British Academy Awards (BAFTA), 22 Grammys, four Golden Globes, five Emmys, and numerous gold and platinum records.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:

   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher%27s_Stone_(film)

On Justin Freer: harrypotterinconcert.com/about/the_producers/

On the Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.org

Tickets: Concerts are sold out. Should any tickets become available they 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-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SATURDAY, JAN. 28
SUNDAY, JAN. 29
MONDAY, JAN. 30

TCHAIKOVSKY’S ROMEO AND JULIET

When and Where: Jan. 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Stefan Jackiw, violin     

The Program:           

                        Shepherd:                   Magiya

                        *Prokofiev:                Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor

                        Stravinsky:                 “Divertimento” from Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss)

                        Tchaikovsky:             Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy        

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Praise for violinist Stefan Jackiw: “Talent that’s off the scale.” —Washington Post “Mr. Jackiw has in any case made the work [Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2] his own: not only the beautiful melodies but also the skittish passages in which the tunes seem to be morphing and turning themselves inside out. He rendered them all with seeming ease and remarkable purity of tone.” —New York Times
  • “Violinist phenom Stefan Jackiw’s ... playing was musically astute from start to finish, delivered with a shimmering tone and flawless technique.” —Chicago Classical Review
  • “[Stefan Jackiw] could be a legend in the making. He has everything he needs to make an exceptional career for himself – flawless technique, precocious musical understanding, and a sweet, singing tone.” —Chicago Tribune
  • Hailed for playing of “uncommon musical substance” that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), last season Jackiw performed Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev, before embarking on a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra.
  • Music from some of Russia’s greatest composers, along with an up-and-coming young American’s Russian-inspired work, Magiya (Magic).
  • Of all the musical versions of Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, perhaps none is as recognizable and beloved as Tchaikovsky’s.
  •  The famous love theme has been used in a wide variety of films and TV shows, as well as The Sims video game.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Stefan Jackiw: stefanjackiw.com

Tickets: begin at $23 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-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the concert hall lobby starting two hours before the 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 January.

Symphony Storytime at Holgate Library in SE Portland

Every Wednesday in January from 1-2 pm an Oregon Symphony musician will play along with a Holgate branch youth librarian in the very popular Symphony Storytimes. This program introduces pre-schoolers to the sounds of each instrument family as the music enhances beloved stories. The first half-hour will include several fun picture books read by the librarian, accompanied by a musician; the second half-hour is a chance for families to learn more about life as a professional musician in the Oregon Symphony and to try out an instrument.

1/4/17              Nina DeCesare            double bass

1/11/17            Evan Kuhlmann          bassoon

1/18/17            Doug Reneau              trumpet

1/25/17            Gordon Rencher         percussion

January 6, 2017 – Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Oregon Symphony Winds and Brass Orchestra at Cesar Chavez School

The wind and brass sections will perform for the students and families of North Portland’s Cesar Chavez School. BRAVO Youth Orchestra brass and winds students will play along with their Oregon Symphony counterparts in two side-by-side pieces. As the BRAVO Youth Orchestra continues to grow within the Portland Public Schools in North Portland, the Oregon Symphony strengthens our relationship with these young players as musician mentors and resources as they learn about the music, what it takes to be a musician, along with playing techniques.

While she is in Portland to perform with the Oregon Symphony, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will also make a trip to a BRAVO Youth Orchestra rehearsal to work with the string orchestra’s progress. She last visited them in 2015 and told them that she would be back.

Cellist Alban Gerhardt to visit Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and St. Mary’s Home for Boys

From 2012-2015 Alban Gerhardt served as Artist-in-Residence and developed close relationships with many of the area schools and young musicians. He will revisit some of those partners, coaching the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra cellists on Saturday, January 14 at their scheduled rehearsal at Roseway Heights, as well as performing a recital for the eager students at St. Mary’s Home for Boys.

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

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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