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March 26, 2019

PORTLAND, OR – The Oregon Symphony’s May concerts hit all the high notes, featuring the multiple Academy Award-winning film Amadeus live with orchestra and the PSU Chamber Choir on May 4; the final SoundStories concert, Grieg’s Peer Gynt, with fantastical visualizations by acclaimed designer Alexander Polzin on May 11–13; and Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony on a program with Portland’s own chanteuse extraordinaire Storm Large singing Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins May 18–20. Bookending these classical concerts are two programs celebrating popular music genres. The Music of The Rolling Stones featuring powerhouse vocalist Brody Dolyniuk kicks things off on May 2.  The month – and the 2018/19 Season – closes with Boyz II Men, the best-selling R&B group of all time, performing their classic love songs with the Symphony on May 22.



When and Where: May 2 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with guest conductor Brent Havens; Brody Dolyniuk, vocals; Dan Clemens, bass/background vocals; Powell Randolph, drums/background vocals; George Cintron, guitar/background vocals; Justin Avery, keyboards/background vocals

The Program: Vegas veteran Brody Dolyniuk expertly delivers as Mick Jagger alongside the Oregon Symphony and a full rock band in an evening of legendary hits, including “Satisfaction,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Paint it Black,” “Angie,” and many more.

What’s Special About This Concert:

  • One of the most iconic rock groups in history, The Rolling Stones was formed in 1962 and has toured for more than 50 years.
  • Ranked as number 4 of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Billboard magazine, they have sold over 200 million albums. Hailed as the “World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone magazine also ranked The Rolling Stones fourth on its “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list. With 24 studio albums, 11 live albums, and numerous compilations, the band’s impact on rock music is indelible.
  • Conductor/Arranger/Producer Brent Havens and his Windborne Music Rock Symphony shows are some of the best-attended and most exciting classic rock symphony shows ever. Havens’ masterful combination of symphonic arrangements with a full rock band and singer deliver the greatest hits of these legendary bands.
  • Each Rock Symphony concert features an incredible rhythm section, background singers, and a world-class sound and light show, to deliver the purest retrospective rock experience anywhere.
  • Vegas veteran and Windborne Music star Brody Dolyniuk creates a fabulous rendition of Mick Jagger’s vocals and swagger. As with all of Windborne Music’s productions, the band reproduces the Stones’ original recordings as closely as possible, while the orchestra adds a whole new dimension to the sound. The show contains nearly all of the Stones’ No. 1 hits.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On The Music of The Rolling Stones: windbornemusic.com/show_stones.php

On this concert: orsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/1819/the-music-of-the-rolling-stones

Tickets: begin at $35




When and Where: May 4 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony and the PSU Chamber Choir with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh

The Program: Winner of eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Actor, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, Amadeus is a riveting story celebrating the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the envious eyes of his frustrated rival, Antonio Salieri. Experience this epic motion picture classic like never before – projected on a giant HD screen while the Oregon Symphony and PSU Chamber Choir perform its glorious soundtrack live, from operas, piano concertos, and symphonies to the haunting Requiem.

What’s Special About This Concert:

  • Considered one of the best films of all time, Amadeus was nominated for 53 awards and received 40, among them: eight Academy Awards®, four BAFTA Awards, four Golden Globes, and a Directors Guild of America (DGA) award. In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked Amadeus 53rd on its “100 Years ... 100 Movies” list.
  • The soundtrack, which won a Grammy for Best Classical Album in 1984, features Sir Neville Marriner conducting the orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. 
  • Adapted from Sir Peter Shaffer’s original stage play, the film stays true to its origins highlighting the contrast between, as Shaffer himself described, “the sublimity of his [Mozart’s] music and the vulgar buffoonery of his letters,” which “read like something written by an eight-year-old.”
  • Praise for Amadeus: “Amadeus weaves a beautiful, tragic fable, enchanting to children and adults alike. It has gore, a pact with God, celebrity, a masked stranger, murder and some of the best music ever written. What other film offers half as much?” – The Guardian (UK); “[Amadeus] is a magnificent film, full and tender and funny and charming.” – Roger Ebert
  • Given its subject matter, acclaimed soundtrack featuring many of Mozart’s greatest works, and Oscar-winning performances, Amadeus is the perfect film to experience with alive orchestra.
  • The Amadeus double CD soundtrack reached #1 in the Billboard Classical Albums Chart, #56 in the Billboard Popular Albums Chart, sold over 6.5 million copies, and received thirteen gold discs, making it one of the most popular classical music recordings of all time.

More Background Info and Photos:

On Amadeus in Concert: amadeus-live.com/amadeus-live-the-event
On this concert: orsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/1819/amadeus-in-concert

Tickets: begin at $35




When and Where: [Editors: Please note different start times] May 11 at 7:30 pm, May 12 at 2 pm, and May 13 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Note: This concert will also be performed in Salem on Friday, May 10, at 7:30 pm. For more information, go to orsymphonysalem.org.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Jane Archibald, soprano; Alexander Polzin, visualization

The Program: 

MozartDon Giovanni Overture
*Britten: Les illuminations
*GriegPeer Gynt

What’s Special About This Concert:

  • The final SoundStories concert of the 2018/19 Season features a unique production of Edvard Grieg’s complete incidental score to Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. The classic tale of this roguish adventurer and his many exploits comes to life with fascinating and contemporary visualizations by acclaimed designer Alexander Polzin. Polzin’s visualization of Peer Gynt premiered in 2014 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Polzin’s designs have been created for, among others, the Teatro Real Madrid (Pilar JuradoLa página en blanco, 2011; The Conquest of Mexico, 2013; and Lohengrin, (February 2014) the Salzburg Easter Festival, and Beijing Music Festival (Parsifal, 2013).
  • Based on the text from Ibsen’s play, Polzin’s designs allow the audience to visualize Peer Gynt’s dreams and fantasies on a screen above the stage. Polzin’s work is not an illustration of the story – rather, it raises questions of universal character.
  • Using state-of-the-art video techniques, Polzin has animated a series of specially created paintings and quotes from Ibsen’s text. He depicts Peer Gynt’s experiences in his natural surroundings in different ways, e.g. reducing the wider world into the microcosm of a kitchen. The end result is similar to the audience watching a silent movie: a beautiful series of fantastical, gently changing images, inspired by Fritz Lang’s Wagner movies from the early 1920s.
  • Acclaimed Canadian soprano Jane Archibald makes her Oregon Symphony debut with Britten’s Les illuminations.
  • Praise for Jane Archibald: “Archibald shows off a spectacular instrument and gorgeous technique … a treat from beginning to end.” – TheStar.com; “There’s a womanly curve to the way she sings coloratura, and a kind of pliable agility.” – Jenna Simeonov, Schmopera.com; “The secret star of the evening was like a force of nature, the Canadian Jane Archibald. [She] has an extraordinary voice that is able to effortlessly fill the room to the furthest corner with radiant splendour.” – Klassik Begeistert

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Jane Archibald: janearchibald.com
On Alexander Polzin: maestroarts.com/artists/alexander-polzin
On this concert: orsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/1819/ peer-gynt

Tickets: begin at $24




When and Where: May 18, May 19, and May 20 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Storm Large, vocalist; *Hudson Shad, vocal quartet

The Program:

*WeillThe Seven Deadly Sins
Mahler:  Symphony No. 1, “Titan”

What’s Special About This Concert:

  • What better way to end the Oregon Symphony’s classical season than with Portland’s favorite diva, Storm Large? Since her debut of Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins with the orchestra in 2010, Large has made the work her own, performing it with the Detroit Symphony at Carnegie Hall in the 2013 Spring for Music Festival, as well as with orchestras around the country.
  • Hailed by The New York Times as “sensational” for her interpretation of Weill’s troubled heroine Anna, Large has become a bona fide classical music star, as well as a celebrated punk rocker and chanteuse with Portland’s own Pink Martini.
  • Praise for Storm Large’s Anna: “Large’s version demonstrates that Weill and Brecht’s take-down of capitalism, misogyny and exploitation is still relevant in the age of Donald Trump and #MeToo.” – BachTrack.com; “Throughout the performance, the role of Anna fits her exaggerated facial expressions and droll delivery like her black floor-length gown and matching thigh-high boots … the dynamic singer refrained from unveiling her full vocal might until Anna’s climactic reconciliation with her family, fulfilling that old showbiz adage to always leave ’em wanting more.” – Houston Chronicle; “Large … has a remarkable ability to convey venality and vulnerability in equal measure, and to suggest obscenity and heartbreak simultaneously … US vocal quartet Hudson Shad were outstanding as Anna’s money-grabbing family.” – The Guardian (UK)
  • In 1989, the Arts at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn asked bass Wilbur Pauley to contract a quartet to perform as The Family in Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins with Marianne Faithfull. The response was favorable. Over the last quarter century, Hudson Shad has most likely racked up more performances as The Family in The Seven Deadly Sins than any other group in history. They have performed in almost 40 different locations, from Arezzo to Zagreb, numbering over 100 performances worldwide. They participated in a staging of the work at the Macerata Festival.
  • Praise for Hudson Shad as Anna’s Family: “The delightful harmonies of Hudson Shad enriched the performance even more. Wilbur Pauley's (bass) exquisitely full and rich vocals were decidedly an asset in filling out the harmonies, and props must be given to him for taking on some of the other roles necessary to tell the story.” – BroadwayWorld.com; “winningly and wittily performed by this veteran group, worthy heir to the German Comedy Harmonists.” – Bachtrack.com 

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Storm Large: stormlarge.com
On Hudson Shad: americancomposers.org/2014/11/04/hudson-shad
On this concert: orsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/1819/mahler-first-symphony

Tickets: begin at $24




When and Where: May 22 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; Boyz II Men, vocals

The Program: The Grammy-winning R&B group blend their signature harmonies and hit songs with the sound of a full orchestra in an evening of hits, including “End of the Road,” “One Sweet Day,” “On Bended Knee,” “Water Runs Dry,” “Your Home is In My Heart,” “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” and other classic hits from Boyz II Men’s 25-year chart-topping song list.

What’s Special About This Concert:

  • The iconic R&B group returns to perform with the Oregon Symphony in a one-night-only concert of their chart-topping hits.
  • The best-selling R&B group ever, Boyz II Men has sold 64 million albums worldwide and garnered numerous awards, including four Grammys, nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Praise for Boyz II Men’s orchestra concerts: “Boyz II Men are master balladeers and their dreamy R&B transcended genres as the National Symphony Orchestra’s classic accompaniment raised II’s timeless ballads to a new level of grandeur… It was also interesting to hear an orchestral musical arrangement in tandem with R&B. It worked beautifully as the orchestra brought out new nuances of the R&B sound making a strong musical statement about the potential of mixing genres.” – D.C. MetroTheatreArts.com
  • Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman says performing with an orchestra is more rewarding than appearing a cappella. “For me – and I think I speak for the rest of the guys – it’s better. The musicianship of it and the fact that our songs are being played by an orchestra is just so refreshing. It allows us to be more creative and our vocals to flutter a little bit more.” – Charlotte Observer, 2016
  • “We all met in a creative and performing arts high school where we were taught Brahms, Bach and Vivaldi, and us doing this is coming full circle,” Stockman adds. “[Performing with an orchestra] makes it feel like we’re back home.”

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Boyz II Men: boyziimen.com
On this concert: orsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/1819/ boyz-ii-men

Tickets: begin at $50



Tickets for all concerts can be purchased online at orsymphony.org, or in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., Portland, OR 97205.

Ticket Office Hours

July–August: (Mon–Fri, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Mon–Fri, 10 am–9 pm).

September–June (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.

Season subscriptions, including the popular Choose Your Own packages and Gift Cards, are available through the Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353.



The multi-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 110 performances and award-winning education and community engagement programs. Now in its 123rd year, the Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi.

The Symphony’s ground-breaking 2017/18 Season set box office and fundraising records and was marked by an initiative to connect more deeply with the Portland community. The organization embarked on the year-long Sounds of Home series, which revolutionized the role of the arts in addressing three of the most critical social issues of the day: immigration, the environment, and homelessness. This series made a powerful impact in the community through innovative art, cross-sector partnerships with 37 organizations, and civic leadership. Sounds of Home community concerts hosted in venues across the city reached nearly 3,000 attendees and were viewed by thousands more through live streaming on social media.

The Symphony reached over 15 million radio broadcast listeners in the 2017/18 Season via All Classical Portland as well as American Public Media’s SymphonyCast and Performance Today. The season additionally featured three world premieres, including the first-ever play commissioned by an American orchestra.

Photos for media use are available at orsymphony.org/newsroom.


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