BEETHOVEN’S PASTORAL SYMPHONY, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE CAPITOL STEPS, IL DIVO, PIANIST STEPHEN HOUGH, KIDS AND HOLIDAY CONCERTS HIGHLIGHT OREGON SYMPHONY’S NOVEMBER LINEUP

October 11, 2016

(PORTLAND, Ore.) If the Oregon Symphony were presenting any more concerts in November, a few extra days would have to be added to the calendar! From start to finish, this month offers musical events not to be missed, like Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony; the blockbuster film Raiders of the Lost Ark, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year with live symphonic accompaniment; pianist Stephen Hough playing Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian Concerto;” The Capitol Steps giving us their unique take on the current state of American politics on Election Night; chart-busting crossover sensation Il Divo presenting their newest album of Latin songs, all performed in their unique blend of opera/pop vocals; ARW, founding members of the legendary progressive rock band Yes performing the group’s iconic hits; and our first Kids and annual Holiday Pops concerts.

SATURDAY, NOV. 5
SUNDAY, NOV. 6
MONDAY, NOV. 7

BEETHOVEN’S PASTORAL SYMPHONY

When and Where: Nov. 5 at 7:30 pm, Nov. 6 at 2 pm, and Nov. 7 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Hans Graf and Oregon Symphony soloists: *Martha Long, flute; *Martin Hébert, oboe; *James Shields, clarinet; *Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon; *Jeffrey Work, trumpet; *John Cox, horn; *Daniel Cloutier, trombone

The Program:           

            Schumann:                 Overture, Scherzo and Finale

            *Martin:                     Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments

            Beethoven:                 Symphony No. 6 in F major, “Pastoral”        

What’s special about this concert:

  •  Meet newly-appointed Oregon Symphony principals Martha Long (flute) and James Shields (clarinet), who join principal oboe Martin Hébert, principal horn John Cox, principal bassoon Carin Miller Packwood, principal trumpet Jeffrey Work and acting principal trombone Daniel Cloutier as featured soloists in Swiss composer Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments.
  • Austrian conductor Hans Graf is equally at home with orchestral and operatic repertoire, and is one of today’s most sought-after guest conductors. Appointed Music Director of the Houston Symphony in 2001, Mr. Graf concluded his tenure in May 2013 and is the longest serving Music Director in the orchestra’s history. Prior to his appointment in Houston, Graf was the Music Director of the Calgary Philharmonic and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine. He also led the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra from 1984 to 1994.
  • In his 12 years with the Houston Symphony, Graf played Carnegie Hall several times. They made their debut at the venerable hall in January 2006, and were invited back in January 2010 to presented the New York premiere of The Planets – An HD Odyssey, featuring Holst’s The Planets, accompanied by exclusive high definition images from NASA’s exploration of the solar system.
  • Mr. Graf and the Houston Symphony returned to Carnegie Hall again in May 2012 to participate in Carnegie’s Spring for Music festival (the Oregon Symphony wowed New York audiences and critics at this festival in 2011) with an all-Shostakovich program.
  • Graf has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government for championing French music around the world, and the Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Hans Graf: cmartists.com/artists/hans-graf.htm

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 (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

TUESDAY, NOV. 8

THE CAPITOL STEPS

When and Where: Nov. 8 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Capitol Steps. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.                                                                                                                           

The Program: The Capitol Steps will announce their selections from the stage.

What’s special about this concert:

  • Let’s face it. In this election we all need a few laughs!
  • Just in time for Election day, the Capitol Steps bring their unique blend of spot-on comedic and musical satire to bear on our glorious political process. The group will feature songs from their latest album, What to Expect When You’re Electing.
  • The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them with clever song parodies and skits. Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, collectively the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
  • Since 1981, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, What to Expect When You’re Electing. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.
  • “They’re the best. There’s no one like them, no one in their league.”   –Larry King, CNN
  • “The Capitol Steps demand that you keep up. The show is a machine gun of comedy, firing one joke after another.” –John Boutin, DCTheatreScene.com
  • “The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave public life.”   –Former President George H. W. Bush

More Background Info and Photos:

On The Capitol Steps: capsteps.com

Tickets: begin at $35 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 (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

THURSDAY, NOV. 10

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

When and Where: Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh

The Program: The movie that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the great adventure story Raiders of the Lost Ark, with John Williams’ epic Oscar-nominated score performed live in synch with the film.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • 2016 marks Raiders of the Lost Ark’s 35th anniversary; what better way to celebrate one of the best adventure movies of the last 35 years?
  • The year is 1936, and professor of archeology and “obtainer of rare antiquities” Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is tasked by U.S. Army Intelligence to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. Indy’s quest takes him to Nepal and Egypt, reuniting him with an old friend (John Rhys-Davies), an old foe (Paul Freeman), and an ex-flame (Karen Allen) who falls somewhere in between. Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world.
  • This screening is the latest the Oregon Symphony’s series of blockbuster Hollywood films screened with live orchestra performances of their memorable scores. Last season, the Symphony featured sold-out presentations of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone and Star Trek: Into Darkness.
  • Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Williams has written some of the most indelible and popular film music in the history of film.
  • Williams has scored some of the highest-grossing and most popular films of the last fifty years, including the Star Wars franchise, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Superman series, Schindler’s List, and the first three Harry Potter films.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

  • On Raiders of the Lost Ark Live: filmconcertslive.com/movies/raiders-of-the-lost-ark/

Tickets: begin at $40 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 (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 11

IL DIVO: AMOR & PASIÓN

When and Where: Nov. 11 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: Il Divo. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program: The multiple award-winning opera-pop crossover vocal quartet presents songs from their latest album, Amor & Pasión, featuring the smoldering passion and sultry rhythms of Spain, Cuba, and Argentina.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Multiple award-winning vocal quartet Il Divo has sung for President Barack Obama and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and shared microphones with fellow superstars Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion.
  • Il Divo has sold 30 million albums worldwide, and has collected 160 gold and platinum awards in 33 different countries.
  • Singers Urs Bühler, Sébastien Izambard, Carlos Marín, and David Miller were first brought together by Simon Cowell in 2003 to create Il Divo.
  • This concert features selections from Il Divo’s seventh studio album, Amor & Pasión. Produced by multiple Latin Grammy winner Julio Reyes Copello, Il Divo has recorded 12 songs spanning a century of traditional tangos, smoldering boleros, and classic mambas
  • The album features both covers and originals, including Julio Iglesias’ iconic A Las Mujeres Que Yo Ame (To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before), Gloria Estefan’s resonant Si Voy A Perderte (Don’t Wanna Lose You), along with Himno De La Alegria, an exciting Latin treatment of Beethoven’s Ode To Joy, which singer Carlos Marín calls “our very own ‘Nessun dorma.’”

More Background Info and Photos:

On Il Divo: ildivo.com/home/

Tickets: begin at $75 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 (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SUNDAY, NOV. 13

FROZEN FAIRY TALES

When and Where: Nov. 13 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, Dance West, and the Pacific Youth Choir, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; *Pam Mahon, narrator

The Program: With “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen and music from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Queen, kids and families alike will love this hearty celebration of the coming winter.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

The first Kids Concert of the season features music from Disney’s Frozen and from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Queen

  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative music sets this original fairy tale penned by Hans Christian Andersen and published in 1844.
  • Narrator Pam Mahon guides the audience through a crystalline wonderland of ice, snow, music, and dance.
  • The award-winning Dance West will join the orchestra to present dance treatments of Prokofiev’s Troika from Lieutenant Kijé, Debussy’s The Snow is Dancing from Children’s Corner, and Dance of the Buffoons from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snow Maiden.
  • The Pacific Youth Choir, directed by Mia Hall Miller, will join Dance West and the orchestra for Bach’s Cantata No. 140 and Chilcott’s Mid-Winter.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Pam Mahon: arthousetalentandliterary.com/?p=958

On Dance West: dancewestcompany.com

On the Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.org

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

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 19
SUNDAY, NOV. 20
MONDAY, NOV. 21

STEPHEN HOUGH PLAYS SAINT-SAËNS

When and Where: Nov. 19, Nov. 20, and Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Ludovic Morlot; *Stephen Hough, piano

The Program:

            Debussy:                     “Cortège et Air de danse” from L’enfant prodigue

            Chausson:                  Symphony in B-flat major, Op. 20    

            *Saint-Saëns:             Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103 “Egyptian”

            Ravel:                         La valse

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner Stephen Hough returns to the Oregon Symphony to perform Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5, nicknamed “Egyptian” because Saint-Saëns composed it while vacationing in Luxor.
  • “After winning unanimous praise for his recordings of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concertos, the chance to hear Stephen Hough in the Piano Concerto no. 5 in F major was a tantalizing prospect … Stephen Hough possesses a rare magnetism as a performer; when matched with his technical brilliance the results can be electrifying.” – Bachtrack.com, 2014
  • In 2001, Hough’s recording of Saint-Saëns’ complete works for piano and orchestra won a Grammy for “Record of the Year” (Hyperion)
  • French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Since that time, the orchestra has won two Grammy Awards and The New York Times raved about their 2014 concert at Carnegie Hall: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”
  • “Morlot, the music director of the Seattle Symphony, has a particular affinity for French music, and he showed it here with detailed conducting and attention to the richness of the scores.” – Washington Post, Oct. 8, 2015

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Ludovic Morlot: ludovicmorlot.com

On Stephen Hough: stephenhough.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 (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 26
SUNDAY, NOV. 27

HOLIDAY POPS

When and Where: Nov. 26 at 7:30 pm and Nov. 27 at 3 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik; *Doug LaBrecque, baritone; Pacific Youth Choir   

The Program: A potpourri of holiday favorites.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • A delightful way to begin the holiday season, with music the whole family will enjoy.
  • Doug LaBrecque thrilled theatre audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Mr. LaBrecque has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of Showboat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with Les Miserables.
  • The Pacific Youth Choir, directed by Mia Hall Miller, will join LaBrecque for “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Children Go Where I Send Thee,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “O Holy Night.”
  • The audience is invited to join in the program for a holiday sing-along.
  • Several of Tyzik’s own sparkling arrangements, including “Gospel Hallelujah,” and a suite of Chanukah selections round out the program.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Doug LaBrecque: douglabrecque.com

On Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.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 (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

TUESDAY, NOV. 29

ANDERSON, RABIN & WAKEMAN (ARW): AN EVENING OF YES MUSIC AND MORE

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

The Performers: Jon Anderson, vocals; Trevor Rabin, guitar; Rick Wakeman, keyboard. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program: Three founding members of Yes, the most successful progressive rock band in history, reunite for the first time to present hit songs from some of the band’s iconic albums, such as Fragile, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Going for the One, Tormato, 90125, and others.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Long-time Yes fans, rejoice! Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman are proud to announce that after a hiatus of 25 years, they are to reform the definitive Yes line-up as Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman (ARW).
  • The most successful progressive rock group of all time, Yes was co-founded by Jon Anderson and the late Chris Squire in 1968, and went on to sell millions of records with releases such as Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Going for the One, and 90125.
  • “To be able to sing and perform with Rick and Trevor at this time in my life is a treasure beyond words,” says Anderson. “I’m so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic songs we created many years ago; it’s going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels.”
  • On Sept. 1, 2016, Jon Anderson received the Prog God award at the Progressive Music Awards, in association with currencies.co.uk, which were held at London’s Underglobe. This very special honor is given to musical innovators within the world of progressive music; Anderson joins former bandmate Rick Wakeman, as well as Ian Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks, all past winners of this prestigious prize.
  • Wakeman says the concert “will be a real mixture” of the band’s evolving sound.
  • “Everything from ‘Roundabout’ to ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and lots of stuff in between, and maybe ‘Changes,’ one of Trev’s great songs.”

More Background Info and Photos:

On Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman: arw-tour.com

Tickets: begin at $45 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 (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

Beyond the Schnitz

Oregon Symphony Community Engagement Programs

The Oregon Symphony and its musicians are deeply involved in the community in places that stretch far beyond the confines of our concert hall. Here are a few of the things happening in that arena during the month of November.

  • “Symphony Storytimes” for young listeners begins at the Multnomah County Library Hollywood Branch on Wednesdays at 6:40-7:30 pm. Each week a different musician from the four sections of the orchestra teams up with the youth librarian to read best-loved stories and play specially chosen music. Each session ends with an instrument “petting zoo”  for attendees.

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

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

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