GIL SHAHAM AND PATTI AUSTIN HIGHLIGHT APRIL CONCERTS FEATURING FAVORITE CLASSICAL AND JAZZ REPERTOIRE, INCLUDING MOZART’S REQUIEM, DEBUSSY’S LA MER, KORNGOLD’S VIOLIN CONCERTO, AND A TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD

March 10, 2017

 

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Spring has sprung at the Oregon Symphony with some of the most beloved music in the classical repertoire on tap for April, beginning with acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham playing in a special performance on April 2, featuring Erich Korngold’s dramatic Violin Concerto. Portland Symphonic Choir and a quartet of talented soloists join guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni for Mozart’s Requiem on April 8 – 10, and on April 22 – 24 the orchestra presents a concert of ocean music, featuring Debussy’s La mer. Grammy award-winning vocalist Patti Austin finishes the month in grand style with an evening of standards from the American Songbook, in homage to the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald.

 

GIL SHAHAM

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

When and Where: April 2 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Note: This concert will also be performed in Salem on March 31 with violinist William Hagen performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and a slightly revised concert program.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Gil Shaham, violin

The Program:           

Heuberger:                 The Opera Ball Overture

J. Strauss Jr.:             Indigo and the Forty Thieves Overture

*Korngold:                 Violin Concerto

Suppé:                                    Poet and Peasant Overture

Josef Strauss:             Dynamiden Waltz

R. Strauss:                  Der Rosenkavalier Suite

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.
  • Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have ascended the charts in the U.S. and abroad. These recordings have earned multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice.
  • Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012, he was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America, which cited the “special kind of humanism” with which his performances are imbued.
  • “Shaham gives a performance of effortless virtuosity and strong profile . . .  Shaham and Previn together consistently bring out the [Korngold Violin Concerto’s] sensuous warmth without making the result soupy.” – Penguin Guide
  • Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Gil Shaham: gilshaham.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 (Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Monday – Friday, 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

MOZART’S REQUIEM

SATURDAY, APRIL 8
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
MONDAY, APRIL 10

When and Where: April 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni; *Katie Van Kooten, soprano; *Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; *Jack Swanson, tenor; *Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone; members of the Portland Symphonic Choir

The Program:           

Purcell/Talbot:           Chacony in G Minor

Stravinsky:                 Symphony in Three Movements

*Mozart:                     Requiem

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • In addition to his duties as artistic director of the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal, Mr. Zeitouni is music director of the Colorado Music Festival.
  • “Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducted the Mozart [Requiem], as he did the Beethoven, with much conviction. There is a good deal to admire in his interpretation, most notably the musical accuracy and fluidity he brought to the Confutatis and closing Lux Aeterna sections, for example.” – Richard Turp, Bachtrack
  • The Daily Telegraph praises soprano Katie van Kooten: “… a major operatic talent. Her singing has something of the same glow radiated by Te Kanawa or Freni, and her endearing charm and bright smile make her a winning stage personality.”
  • “Sasha Cooke is a big favorite of mine, and obviously of MTT as well. I can't get enough of that rich mezzo sound with the bright soprano edge.” – Philip Campbell, Bay Area Reporter
  • Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been called a “luminous standout” (New York Times) and “equal parts poise, radiance and elegant directness” (Opera News). 
  • Lyric tenor Jack Swanson is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young tenors in the opera world. He has won several prestigious awards and competitions, including the top prize from the The Sullivan Foundation in 2016, the grand prize in Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patroness Competition, and first place in the San Antonio Music Club Competition, the National Opera Association Competition and The Hal Leonard Art Song Competition.
  • Praise for Andrew Foster-Williams: “No praise is too high for bass baritone Andrew Foster-Williams” – Michael Church, London Evening Standard; “Bassist Foster-Williams has to be the performer of the night. His immense projection and air control left me gasping for breath.” – Music OMH

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Jean-Marie Zeitouni: kaylormanagement.com/zeitouni.html

On Katie Van Kooten: imgartists.com/roster/katie-van-kooten/

On Sasha Cooke: sashacooke.instantencore.com/web/home.aspx

On Jack Swanson: jackswansontenor.com

On Andrew Foster-Williams: andrewfosterwilliams.com

On Portland Symphonic Choir: pschoir.org

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 (Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Monday – Friday, 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

DEBUSSY’S LA MER

SATURDAY, APRIL 22
SUNDAY, APRIL 23
MONDAY, APRIL 24

When and Where: April 22 at 7:30 pm, April 23 at 2pm, and April 24 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Jun Märkl; *Simone Lamsma, violin.

The Program:           

Mendelssohn:             The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)

*Britten:                     Violin Concerto

Hosokawa:                 Circulating Ocean

Debussy:                     La mer (The Sea)

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Hailed for her “brilliant… polished, expressive and intense” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and “absolutely stunning” (Chicago Tribune) playing, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma is respected by critics, peers, and audiences as one of classical music’s most striking and captivating musical personalities.
  • Simone plays the “Mlynarski” Stradivarius (1718), on generous loan to her by an anonymous benefactor.
  • “Considerable though they were, the [Britten Violin Concerto] score’s technical hurdles barely seemed to faze Lamsma. Rather, she cleared them easily by focusing on the high-running emotions behind them, channeling their power to flood the listener with spectral, blazing sound.”
  • In 2012, Jun Märkl was honored by the French Ministry of Culture with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his achievements in Lyon, notably his hugely successful nine-disc Debussy cycle with the orchestra on Naxos. In 2014 Naxos released two Hosokawa discs recorded by Jun Märkl with Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
  • “As a Debussy expert, Märkl is audibly oriented towards the French ideal of clarity; his landscape is one of color and refinement … He presented a kaleidoscope of exquisite, glittering and gleaming orchestral color.” – Hamburger Abendblatt, 2014                                                                                                                

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Jun Märkl: junmarkl.com

On Simone Lamsma: simonelamsma.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 (Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Monday – Friday, 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

PATTI AUSTIN’S HOMAGE TO ELLA FITZGERALD

SATURDAY, APRIL 29

SUNDAY, APRIL 30

When and Where: April 29 at 7:30 pm and April 30 at 3pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik; *Patti Austin, vocals

The Program:  Grammy Award winner Patti Austin thrills us with her electrifying renditions of the First Lady of Song’s legendary hits – “How High the Moon,” “The Man I Love,” “Too Close for Comfort,” and many more.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Grammy-winning vocalist Patti Austin crosses all musical genres, has made 17 solo albums, and has performed her award-nominated hit songs on the Grammys and the Oscars. As a performer, songwriter, and vocalist she has had a star-studded career that began at the age of four, making her one of the most beloved artists all over the world and a mainstay on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts.
  • Patti Austin has been a bona fide entertainer since she stepped onto the stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem at the age of four at the urging of music legend Dinah Washington. During the ‘70s, Ms. Austin was the undisputed “queen” of the New York session scene; her voice was heard behind everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, and James Brown to Bette Midler and Diana Ross.
  • Austin achieved international stardom thanks to the Grammy-nominated hit “Baby Come To Me,” and the Oscar-nominated “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” The Grammy-nominated For Ella album opened up new doors for Patti as a performer, and her embrace by the jazz world was sealed with her Grammy-winning classic Avant Gershwin.
  • “Strong and flexible, with a velvety texture and immaculately rounded tones complemented by impeccable enunciation” – The New York Times.
  • “[Austin] shifts from the soft purr of ‘Our Love Is Here to Stay’ and ‘The Man I Love’ to the sassiness of ‘Satin Doll’ and ‘Hard Hearted Hannah’ with the smooth assuredness of the thoroughbred that she is. Her ‘Too Close for Comfort’ bubbles, her ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ sighs an appropriately satisfied sigh and her ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’ is exhilaratingly fresh.” – Jazz Times

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Jeff Tyzik: jefftyzik.com

On Patti Austin: pattiaustin.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 (Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Monday – Friday, 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

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

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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