k. d. lang, JOHNNY MATHIS, TCHAIKOVSKY’S PATHETIQUE, SIBELIUS’ FIFTH SYMPHONY, MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS, AND MUSIC OF FINAL FANTASY LIGHT UP FEBRUARY

January 24, 2018

PORTLAND, OR – Concerts don’t get much better than the Oregon Symphony’s February offerings. Two major luminaries of pop music, the brilliant k. d. lang and the legendary Johnny Mathis, bring their signature voices to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The orchestra plays favorite symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius – their Sixth (“Pathétique”) and Fifth, respectively – plus the phenomenal pianist Natasha Paremski performs Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto. Add in a multimedia concert performance of music and graphics from the award-winning Final Fantasy video game franchise and an evening of music from Oscar-winning film composer John Williams, and only one question remains: which tickets to buy first?

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 3

DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY 

When and Where: Feb. 3 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Arnie Roth; Portland State Chamber Choir.

The Program: Musical selections from 30 years of Final Fantasy performed live with breathtaking HD video. 

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Launched in 2007 to mark the 20th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY, Distant Worlds features the music of the great video game series FINAL FANTASY, composed by Nobuo Uematsu. Concerts are performed with a full symphony orchestra, choir, and renowned vocal and instrumental soloists, under the direction of Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth
  • Nobuo Uematsu has elevated video game music beyond the gaming console and made it a part of the contemporary classical canon. One of the most celebrated composers in the history of video game music, Uematsu won “Song of the Year (Western Music)” at the 14th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards in 1999 for the FINAL FANTASY VIII theme song, “Eyes on Me,” which went on to sell more than 400,000 copies; this award marks the first time that music from a video game attained this honor.
  • In 2001, Time Magazine named Uematsu one of the innovators in its Time 100: The Next Wave Music feature.
  • DISTANT WORLDS features HD video presentations projected onto giant screens throughout the concerts, with music from the 30-year history of the game series, to create a unique multimedia concert experience that has delighted audiences around the world.
  • Music Director Arnie Roth is a Grammy-winning artist who has worked with Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, Andrea Bocelli, Charlotte Church, Mannheim Steamroller and Peter Cetera, among others

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More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Arnie Roth: awrmusic.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62&Itemid=82

On Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy: ffdistantworlds.com/about/

Tickets: begin at $25 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 (Mon–Sat, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Mon–Fri, 10 am–9 pm, Sat 10 am–6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 10
SUNDAY, FEB. 11
MONDAY, FEB. 12

TCHAIKOVSKY’S PATHETIQUE

When and Where: Feb. 10, Feb. 11, and Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Natasha Paremski, piano

The Program:

Piston: Symphony No. 7
*Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Natasha Paremski, who wowed Oregon Symphony audiences two years ago with her fiery performance of Schoenfeld’s Parables, returns to perform Prokofiev’s powerful, brooding Piano Concerto No. 2.
  • “Comparisons with [Martha] Argerich should not be given lightly, but Paremski is so clearly of the same temperament and technique that it is unavoidable here.” – American Record Guide           
  • Paremski earned several highly prestigious awards at a young age, including the Gilmore Young Artists prize at age 18 and the Prix Montblanc at 19. In 2010, at the age of 22, Paremski received the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year award.
  • “[Natasha Paremski’s] power, speed and accuracy were astonishing, and the Grant Park Orchestra’s playing was on the same full-throttle level under Kalmar’s fiery direction.” – Chicago Classical Review, 2015
  • “This big concerto calls for a big Russian style, and Paremski, whose credits include a 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award, has that style literally at her fingertips. She roared through the thickets of notes in the outer movements (including the leonine cadenzas) as if their formidable technical difficulties didn't exist, her fingers a blur, yet articulating rhythms and spinning long lyrical lines with deep idiomatic feeling.” – Chicago Tribune, 2014

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Natasha Paremski: natashaparemski.com

Tickets: begin at $24 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 (Mon–Sat, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Mon–Fri, 10 am–9 pm, Sat 10 am–6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

TUESDAY, FEB. 13

A JOHNNY MATHIS VALENTINE

When and Where: Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh and guest conductor Scott Lavender; Johnny Mathis, vocals

The Program: Romantic favorites from Mathis’ incomparable repertoire.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Nobody sings loves songs better than Johnny Mathis, who remains, at age 83, one of the world’s most magnetic performers. After a three-year absence, this legendary singer brings his unparalleled voice back to the Oregon Symphony for an evening of Valentine’s Day favorites.
  • Mathis will be featuring selections from his newest release, Voice of Romance, a 68-disc box set that features 62 of the singer’s albums, plus two never-before-heard LPs and 40 previously unreleased songs.
  • Among the 62 remastered albums – including 25 albums that have never been released on CD in the U.S. – are the unreleased 1981 LP I Love My Lady, which Mathis recorded with Chic’s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, and 1989’s The Island, a collaboration with Brazilian superstar musician Sergio Mendes.
  • Mathis has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for three separate recordings: “Chances Are” (1998); “Misty” (2002), and “It’s Not for Me to Say” (2008). He also received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2003.
  • Additional honors include Mathis’ 2014 induction into the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame, a record five albums topping the Billboard charts simultaneously, and two live performances on the Academy Awards, one featuring his 1978 nomination for Best Song, “The Last Time I Felt Like This” from Same Time, Next Year.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Johnny Mathis: http://www.johnnymathis.com/#&panel1-1

Tickets: begin at $60 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 (Mon–Sat, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Mon–Fri, 10 am–9 pm, Sat 10 am–6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 17
SUNDAY, FEB. 18

MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS

When and Where: Feb. 17 at 7:30 pm and Feb. 18 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik.                                                                                    

The Program: Music from some of John Williams' most memorable scores, including Jaws, the Star Wars movie franchise, E. T., and Jurassic Park.

What’s special about this concert:

  • Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik presents a four-decade survey of the music of John Williams, the most Oscar-nominated person of all time in any category.
  • More than 30 years of Williams’ music for blockbuster films will be featured, from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to music from the Star Wars franchise.
  • Williams singlehandedly changed the sound and style of movie music, recalling the classic films of Hollywood’s Golden Age, beginning in the 1970s, with his re-introduction of full-scale orchestral writing and memorable, epic themes.
  • “Williams’ music for the original 1977 Star Wars became the most popular soundtrack of all time, selling many millions of copies and mirroring the film in its cult following.” Filmtracks.com
  • “John Williams’ reputation as the most well-respected and admired film composers working today has allowed him to draw on the talents of the musical superstars of the classical world, [like] cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who worked with Williams on Seven Years in Tibet, and violinist Itzhak Perlman, who worked with Williams on Schindler’s List.” – MovieMusicUK.com, 2005

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Jeff Tyzik: jefftyzik.com

Tickets: Begin at $24 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 (Mon–Sat, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Mon–Fri, 10 am–9 pm, Sat 10 am–6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 24
SUNDAY, FEB. 25
MONDAY, FEB. 26

SIBELIUS’ FIFTH SYMPHONY

When and Where: Feb. 24 at 7:30 pm, Feb. 25 at 2 pm, and Feb. 26 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; *Francesco Piemontesi, piano

The Program:

Barber: Second Essay for Orchestra
*Franck: Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra
*Strauss: Burleske
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • “Piemontesi is one of those pianists who bring something original to everything they play.” Sunday Times, April 2016
  • “What the Burleske does have to offer is a virtuoso piano part, and Francesco Piemontesi sparkled with dashing insouciance.” – Financial Times, August 2014
  • Born in Locarno, Francesco Piemontesi first rose to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition/ Between 2009 and 2011, he was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist. Since 2012, Piemontesi has held the post of Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.
  • Sibelius’ fifth and most popular symphony, with its hauntingly joyous “Swan Song,” anchors this program.
  • “[Piemontesi] never wishes to overpower the listener, no excessive tempos, no superficial bravado. Piemontesi impresses instead with a musical serenity, which one would not necessarily expect from a just 30-year-old pianist. Clearly the person sitting at the piano feels no pressure to constantly prove his virtuoso skills.” Deutschlandfunk-Radio, 2013

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Francesco Piemontesi: francescopiemontesi.com

Tickets: begin at $24 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 (Mon–Sat, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Mon–Fri, 10 am–9 pm, Sat 10 am–6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

TUESDAY, FEB. 27 – SOLD OUT

k.d. lang – ingénue redux 25th Anniversary Tour

When and Where: Feb. 27 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: k.d. lang, with special guest Slava Grigoryan. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program: k.d. lang performs favorites including selections her Grammy Award-winning, critically acclaimed album Ingénue, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its release.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Portland is one of only 19 cities on lang’s current Ingénue tour; the show is sure to sell out quickly.
  • lang will perform songs from Ingénue – including the Grammy Award-winning hit “Constant Craving,” along with hits from her 2004 album, Hymns of the 49th Parallel. 
  • “lang’s performance proved that, even after a quarter of a century, [Ingénue] is still an album to fully immerse yourself in … But it was the startling power of that impeccably controlled mezzo-soprano voice, which can veer from melodramatic and anguished to nuanced and jazzy in a beat, that stole the show.” – Calgary Herald
  • “The majesty of lang’s instrument can’t be captured on record. For full appreciation, you simply must experience lang live.” – The Music AU

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On k.d. lang: kdlang.com

THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT.

 

ABOUT THE OREGON SYMPHONY
The Grammy-nominated Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras. Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, it serves over 235,000 people annually through more than 90 concerts and award-winning education and community engagement program. Now in its 121st season, 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. 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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