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Oregon Symphony’s 2018/19 Season Moves Music Forward through storytelling, classical favorites, and new experiences

February 9, 2018

PORTLAND, OR – President Scott Showalter and Music Director Carlos Kalmar have announced the Oregon Symphony’s 2018/19 Season. Titled Moving Music Forward, the new season combines innovative programming with a new focus on storytelling and audience engagement with an innovative series called SoundStories.

“Among this season’s many highlights, we will capture the imagination of our audience through powerful storytelling by combining visual art with lush music inspired by legendary tales of love, greed, and loss,” said Showalter.

In SoundStories, award-winning storytellers bring music to life in three unexpected, vividly imagined productions. In Stravinsky’s Petrushka, designer-director Doug Fitch, whose expertise ranges from architecture to operatic stage direction, transforms Schnitzer Hall with dazzling scenes, larger-than-life characters and spirited performers. The Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema creates a mesmerizing world of shadow puppetry in a full production of Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel. Vibrantly painted scenes by German artist Alexander Polzin are set in motion against Grieg’s Peer Gynt, giving audiences an avant-garde, first-person visualization of Peer’s dreams, fantasies, and journeys.

More highlights of the season include:

The Grammy-nominated Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras. Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, it serves over 300,000 people annually through more than 100 performances and award-winning education and community engagement programs. Now in its 122nd year, the Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi.

An unprecedented 2016/17 Season broke records in virtually every category, drawing historic attendance and revenue. These numbers were propelled by a 20% increase in the number of classical concerts, three groundbreaking SoundSights concerts, and the broadest-ever range of repertoire. The season additionally reached nearly 12 million radio broadcast listeners via All Classical Portland as well as American Public Media’s SymphonyCast and Performance Today, and included two commissioned world premieres. Its 2017/18 Season builds on this success in a trailblazing new series, The Sounds of Home, which combines music and art to reflect on three critical issues in our community – immigration, the environment, and homelessness.

Season subscriptions, including Choose Your Own packages and Gift Cards, are available through the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353. Photos for media use are available at orsymphony.org/newsroom.


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