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Oregon Symphony and Music Director David Danzmayr Announce
2022-2023 Season

The new season features popular works from classical luminaries performed by world-renowned artists, and new pieces by some of the most exciting young composers of our time

PORTLAND, Ore., March 10, 2022

Today, Oregon Symphony announces its 2022-2023 season launching at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with the season premiere on September 24, 2022. From the great masters of the past and composers of the last century to the musical innovators of today, the new season will showcase audience favorites alongside contemporary works and new commissions that reflect a diversity of cultures, voices, and experiences.

“The Oregon Symphony has long been committed to moving music forward, and this season is no different,” says Scott Showalter, President and CEO of Oregon Symphony. “2022/23 features an array of programs designed to appeal to all members of our community, celebrating and exploring music across genres and cultures.”

Entering his second season, Music Director David Danzmayr continues to lead the Oregon Symphony to new heights. From sublime performances by some of the world’s most popular artists — including celebrated vocalist Renée Fleming and renowned pianist Emanuel Ax — to the ongoing work of the Creative Alliance to expand the boundaries of classical music today, this 2022-2023 season is grounded in music’s ability to inspire and unite artists and audiences alike.

“I am thrilled to return for my second season with this world-class orchestra,” said Danzmayr. “This new season will be, in the most general sense, about relationships between people and countries and the connections between different works. We asked the basic question, ‘How are things related to one another?’ and then we thought about how these relationships could be expressed in music.”

The Creative Alliance, Oregon Symphony’s musical coalition of thought leaders and innovators continues in its second year with five returning members (artistic partner Gabriela Lena Frank, artist-in-residence Nathalie Joachim, creative chair Gabriel Kahane, artist-in-residence Simone Lamsma and principal guest conductor Jun Märkl) while welcoming two new members: Portland-based composer/musician and composer-in residence Andy Akiho, and bassist and artist-in-residence Xavier Foley. Designed to bring unique perspectives to the stage and to the community at large, the Creative Alliance is a group of artists that will inspire and challenge audiences with music that speaks to individual experiences and explores meaningful issues.

2022-2023 will also see the launch of the second season of livestreamed classical concerts featuring the Oregon Symphony. Patrons will be able to subscribe to six performances that can be viewed as a live-stream and watched later as a recorded broadcast from any SmartTV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The 2022-2023 season includes concerts that encompass popular favorites, critically acclaimed artists, and celebrated works by living composers.

Popular Favorites
The season opens with David Danzmayr conducting soprano Renée Fleming, one of the most celebrated singers of our time, in a performance of Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light which captures the passionate marriage of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz from September 24-26, 2022. Classical favorites include Carl Off’s exhilarating Carmina Burana from February 25-27, 2023 and Gershwin’s quintessentially American Concerto in F which will take place from May 13-15, 2023.

The Pops Series launches with two multimedia symphonic tributes: Revolution: The Music of The Beatles with hundreds of rare and unseen photos of the Fab 5, and the hilarious Bugs Bunny at the Symphony featuring over a dozen beloved Looney Tunes projected on the big screen. Just in time for the Holidays, audience favorites such as Gospel Christmas on December 10-11, 2022 and A Very Mariachi Christmas on December 20, 2022 return. China Forbes, lead singer of Pink Martini, celebrates a belated 50th birthday in her first solo performance with the Oregon Symphony, Saturday May 6, 2023.

The Popcorn Concert Series returns with the orchestra performing scores live as films are projected on the big screen. Feature films include Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™, and The Goonies.

Critically Acclaimed Artists
During the 2022-2023 season the Oregon Symphony will welcome several critically acclaimed artists to the hall including Grammy Award–winning violinist Augustin Hadelich performing the U.S. premiere of Donnacha Dennehy’s Violin Concerto, which explores transcending life under lockdown from October 8-10, 2022. Music Director Laureate Carlos Kalmar returns to lead a program exploring the invincibility of the human spirit with works by Strauss and Nielsen from October 22-24, 2022. Renowned pianist Kirill Gerstein brings his “intelligent and virtuosic music-making” (Observer) to Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, a work of soulful melodies and technical fireworks from December 3-5, 2022. Marin Alsop, the first woman to lead a major American orchestra, conducts Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony January 14-16, 2023. The legendary Itzhak Perlman returns to the spotlight in Bruch’s romantic Violin Concerto No. 1  in G Minor on January 19, 2023. Emanuel Ax’s unsurpassed virtuosity is showcased in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, presented alongside the composer’s Second Symphony from February 4-6, 2023. Oregon Symphony Creative Alliance member and Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist Andy Akiho performs his composition Beneath Lighted Coffers, which will transport audiences through the silvery sounds of the steelpan from April 29-May 1, 2023.

Celebrated Works by Living Composers
In service to the mission of moving music forward, the Oregon Symphony is proud to present performances throughout the season featuring the celebrated works of living composers. Oregon Symphony Creative Chair Gabriel Kahane’s The Right to Be Forgotten explores our digital world, questioning ideas of convenience, privacy, free will, and democracy in the era of the internet from November 5-7, 2022. Audiences can experience the West coast premiere of Tania León’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Stride, co-commissioned by the Oregon Symphony, an homage to the profound legacy of Susan B. Anthony, from December 3-5, 2022. The U.S. premieres of two incredible pieces, a new concerto for cellist Inbal Segev from Grammy-nominated composer Vijay Iyer from January 14-16, 2023 and Erkki-Sven Tüür’s latest violin concerto performed by Vadim Gluzman, “one of today’s top violinists” (Washington Post) takes place from January 28-30, 2023. Visionary pianist and composer Gabriela Montero showcases her astonishing powers in Babel, a portrait of her experience as a human rights activist March 11-13, 2023 and composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s Concertino Cusqueño is a vibrant celebration of her Peruvian heritage from May 20-22, 2023. To round out a spectacular year of new and innovative works, artist-in-residence Xavier Foley’s consummate versatility is on display in the performance of his For Justice and Peace, a powerful meditation on the legacy of slavery in the US from June 3-5, 2023.

And finally, to conclude the 2022-2023 season, Danzmayr will conduct Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a work of vast emotional scope that moves from grief to jubilation and includes the composer’s famous Adagietto - a love song to his future wife, Alma, tenderly scored for strings and harp.

To experience the 2022-2023 season, subscribe now to get the best seats at the best price. Individual tickets to all concerts will be on sale starting August 2022. Ticket information and pricing is available at www.orsymphony.org or 503-228-1353.

A full list of the Oregon Symphony’s 2022-2023 season performances is included below.

Classical Season A:

  • The Season Premiere: Renée Fleming and the Oregon Symphony September 24-26, 2022.
  • The Power of Memories: Ravel and More with the Oregon Symphony November 19-21, 2022.
  • Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Violinist Vadim Gluzman January 28-30, 2023.
  • Music of (In)Tolerance: from Mendelssohn to Wagner March 11-13, 2023.
  • Classical Gershwin with the Oregon Symphony May 13-15, 2023.
  • Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 June 10-12, 2023.

Classical Season B:

  • Ravel’s Boléro and Violinist Augustin Hadelich October 8-10, 2022.
  • Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony November 5-7, 2022.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Pianist Kirill Gerstein December 3-5, 2022.
  • Carmina Burana February 25-27, 2023.
  • Danzmayr Conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 April 22-24, 2023.
  • chaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite and Violinist Simone Lamsma May 20-22, 2023.

Classical Season C:

  • Strauss & Nielsen: Hope and the Human Spirit October 22-24 2022.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony January 14-16, 2023.
  • Emanuel Ax Plays Beethoven February 4-6, 2023.
  • Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Violinist Blake Pouliot March 25-27, 2023.
  • Music of Steel & Majesty with the Oregon Symphony April 29-May 1, 2023.
  • Holst’s The Planets June 3-5, 2023.

Pop Series:

  • Revolution: The Music of The Beatles A Symphonic Experience October 15-16, 2022.
  • Bugs Bunny at the Symphony November 26-27, 2022.
  • Star Wars vs. Star Trek January 21 & 22, 2023.
  • Retro Themes for Grown-Up Kids March 18-19, 2023. 

Popcorn Package:

  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert September 17-18, 2022.
  • Hocus Pocus October 29-30, 2022.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ in Concert January 7-8, 2023.
  • The Goonies February 18-19, 2023.

Additional Movie Concert Add-ons:

  • Elf™ in Concert December 17-18, 2022
  • West Side Story May 27-28, 2023

Kids Series:  

  • The Magic of Mozart on November 13, 2022 at 2pm
  • Frosty Fables on March 5, 2023 at 2pm
  • Peter & The Wolf on April 16, 2023 at 2pm

Special Additional Concerts:  

  • Chris Botti with the Oregon Symphony on October 1, 2022.
  • Comfort & Joy on December 7, 2022.
  • Gospel Christmas December 10-11, 2022.
  • Kristin Chenowith with the Oregon Symphony December 15, 2022.
  • A Very Merry Mariachi Christmas December 20, 2022.
  • Holiday Brass December 21, 2022.
  • Vivaldi’s Four Seasons December 30, 2022.
  • Itzhak Perlman with the Oregon Symphony January 19, 2023.
  • Concerto Spectacular with the Oregon Symphony February 26, 2023.
  • Still 50! China Forbes with the Oregon Symphony May 6, 2023.

Livestreamed Concerts:

  • Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony November 7, 2022.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Pianist Kirill Gerstein December 5, 2022.
  • Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Violinist Vadim Gluzman January 30, 2023.
  • Music of (In)Tolerance: from Mendelssohn to Wagner March 11-13, 2023.
  • Music of Steel & Majesty with the Oregon Symphony April 29-May 1, 2023.
  • Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 June 12, 2023.

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.

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