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Oregon Symphony announces 2019/20 Special Concerts featuring artists spanning the entertainment spectrum from Nas and Guster to Itzhak Perlman to Portland’s own favorites: Storm Large, Chris Botti, and guest dancers of Oregon Ballet Theatre.

PLUS! Single tickets are now on sale for Popcorn Package concerts.

May 7, 2019

Oregon Symphony continues to expand its popular Oregon Symphony Presents (OSP) concerts, attracting diverse audiences with a passion for spectacular entertainment. The 2019/20 Season is no exception, featuring collaborations with guest artists that stand apart from the Symphony’s core subscription programming from Grammy Award-winning hip hop guitarist Wyclef Jean to Boston alt-rock band Guster and performances with local favorites and international stars Storm Large and Chris Botti.

OSP has served as an incubator for launching a number of innovative Symphony concerts that have now become traditions. This season will include the return of the wildly popular Popcorn Package, at which the Oregon Symphony performs the soundtracks to blockbuster movies projected in HD on a huge screen, as well as Gospel Christmas and the annual holiday Comfort and Joy concert. OSP begins the 2019/20 Season with its latest tradition, a classical concert at the Oregon Zoo on September 7.

Tickets to these concerts can be purchased:
Online at any time from orsymphony.org 
By phone at 503-228-1353 or 800-228-7343 (M–F, 10 am–6 pm)
In person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M–Fri, 10 am–6 pm).

More concerts to be added throughout the year:
The Oregon Symphony anticipates adding a number of other concerts to this schedule as the season progresses. Subscribers to the Classical, Pops, Kids, and Popcorn series always receive news of these additions first and enjoy a limited-time pre-sale period during which they may purchase tickets ahead of the public with special discounts to most concerts.

Oregon Symphony Presents
2019/20 Special Concerts Schedule

Oregon Symphony at the Zoo
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 7 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor

The Oregon Symphony returns to the Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts series with a delightful program of classical favorites. Bring family and friends, and join us in this gorgeous natural setting as the sun goes down and music fills the night sky.

For tickets, visit zooconcerts.com.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert
Friday, September 13, 2019, 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 15, 2019, 2 pm

With the help of his new teacher, Yoda, Luke Skywalker grows stronger with the Force, and the Rebel Alliance continues to battle the evil Empire. John Williams’ Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated score soars, as the Oregon Symphony performs live with the projected film.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Warner /Chappell Music. © 2019 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Guster with the Oregon Symphony
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7:30 pm

Norman Hyunh, conductor

Boston alt-rock band Guster joins forces with the Oregon Symphony to bring their winsome melodies, soaring hooks, and tight, immaculate songcraft to the concert hall with a career-spanning set featuring tracks from their latest album Look Alive as well as other fan favorites.


A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop Featuring Wyclef Jean
Sunday, September 22, 2019, 7:30 pm 

Norman Hyunh, conductor

Throughout his career multi-Grammy Award-winning producer, actor, author, and hip hop guitarist Wyclef Jean has skillfully blended hip hop with a variety of musical styles. Now the former Fugees band member creates an entirely new music experience, weaving hits such as “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “Gone till November” with a full orchestra for a perfect blend of classical and hip hop.


Batman in Concert
Friday, October 4, 2019, 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 2 pm

Norman Hyunh, conductor

Tim Burton’s enduring superhero film pits Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson against each other as Batman and his nemesis, the Joker. Composer Danny Elfman, whose score was nominated for multiple awards, snagged a Grammy for his Batman Theme in 1990. Batsuits encouraged!


Copland v. Bon Iver
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:30 pm

Steve Hackman, conductor

Experience a new frontier in music as the Oregon Symphony combines Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring with the songs of Grammy Award-winning indie band Bon Iver. Together the two genres form a beautiful, contemplative, and simply gorgeous evening of music.

Bon Iver does not perform


Chick Corea
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:30 pm

Steven Mercurio, conductor

Chick Corea’s career as one of the most creative minds in jazz spans more than five decades. We can’t wait to hear what he’ll do with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, the piece that introduced jazz into the classical repertoire.


Seu Jorge Presents The Life Aquatic – A Tribute to David Bowie
Monday, November 11, 2019, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Inspired by his role in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Brazilian singer/songwriter Seu Jorge joins the Oregon Symphony to celebrate the music of David Bowie with poignant covers of “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” “Space Oddity,” and more.

The Tenors Christmas
Monday, December 2, 2019, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

The three magnetic singers of The Tenors return to showcase the powerful crossover sound that has earned them international acclaim. Their soaring voices are sure to get your holiday season off to an electrifying start. 


Kenny G – Celebrating 25 Years of Miracles: The Holiday Album
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 7:30 pm

Take a joyous ride through the smooth sounds of jazz with the one-and-only Kenny G this holiday season. This festive evening features music from his first Christmas album, Miracles: The Holiday Album, which ranks among the bestselling yuletide albums ever made.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:30 pm

Experience the magic of the season with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis returns with a show featuring the group’s beloved Christmas music along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.

The Oregon Symphony does not perform


Gospel Christmas
Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 4 pm

Charles Floyd, conductor

What could make the most wonderful time of the year even better? Celebrate the joy of the season at our 21st Gospel Christmas! Clap your hands and stomp your feet along with the region’s premier gospel singers and the Oregon Symphony at this beloved annual concert.


The Storm Large Holiday Ordeal
Monday, December 16, 2019

Norman Huynh, conductor

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with the infamous and fabulous Storm Large Holiday Ordeal? Now in its 13th year and first time with the Oregon Symphony, Storm’s Ordeal will delight you and leave you begging for more of her wicked charm and stunning vocals. Your holidays will never be the same!


Comfort & Joy: A Classical Christmas
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Join the Oregon Symphony for an evening of good cheer with seasonal classics, a very merry sing-along, and a jubilant celebration sure to put you and yours in the holiday spirit.


Cirque Nutcracker
Saturday, December 21, 2019, 2 pm and 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

The awe-inspiring talents of Troupe Vertigo join forces with the Oregon Symphony, bringing their unique hybrid of cirque, dance and acrobatic art to Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday masterpiece, The Nutcracker. This concert is sure to be a delightful treat for the entire family.


A Viennese New Year with guests from Oregon Ballet Theatre
Monday, December 30, 2019, 7:30 pm

Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Come away to the glittering palaces of Austria as we celebrate the golden age of Viennese music with operatic melodies and Strauss waltzes, while dancers from Portland’s own Oregon Ballet Theatre bring romance to the stage in breathtaking vignettes.


Itzhak Perlman Plays Beethoven
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

The reigning virtuoso of the violin returns to share Beethoven’s exquisite Violin Concerto. A night to remember!


Ghostbusters in Concert
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 2 pm and 7:30 pm

Peter Bernstein, conductor

Buckle up for this comedy classic! The Ghostbusting team must take up their proton packs and save the world from a paranormal crisis. Elmer Bernstein’s Grammy-nominated score is one of the most recognizable of the 80s. Kick back and enjoy the fun.


Game ON!
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Featuring concert premieres from 14 blockbuster video games, including World of Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, Bioshock, Overwatch, and more, Game ON! combines unrivaled, world-class symphonic arrangements with stunning in-game HD videos and never-before-seen concept art.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert
Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 2 pm

Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™! For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while the Oregon Symphony performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)


Nas: Illmatic – 25th Anniversary
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7:30 pm

Norman Huynh, conductor

Hip hop icon Nas teams up with the Oregon Symphony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his critically acclaimed debut album, Illmatic. Experience one of the defining records of 90s hip hop showcasing the rapper's meticulous rhymes and cutting social commentary in this unforgettable symphonic rendition.


Chris Botti
Saturday, May 4, 2020, 7:30 pm

There’s nothing like a Chris Botti concert. He’s the complete package: a dazzling trumpeter, a brilliant bandleader, and a born showman whose joy at being on stage is infectious. Now he returns to dazzle hometown fans with the unparalleled crystalline and poetic sounds that have made him one of the most successful performers of all time.



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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