October 12, 2016

(PORTLAND, Ore.) –  International percussionist Colin Currie is set to begin his second season as the Oregon Symphony’s new Artist in Residence with a very busy schedule leading up to his October 22, 23, and 24 concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert where he will perform the West Coast premiere of Andrew Norman’s Switch for solo percussion and orchestra with Music Director Carlos Kalmar on the podium.

The engaging and energetic Currie, also the Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, has performed with the Symphony on numerous occasions, establishing a solid fan base and developing a deep affection for Portland and its residents.

As the Artist in Residence, he is the organization’s ambassador-at-large, putting his artistic muscle and charismatic personality to work, helping the Symphony share the joy of music with as wide and as diverse a population as possible.

To that end, he—equipped with a truckload of percussion instruments—will be performing in a variety of schools and public places during the week of October 19-26.

Colin Currie/Artist in Residence Schedule of Free Public Events

Wednesday, October 19

7-8:30 pm | Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Portland

As a result of a unique partnership between the Oregon Symphony and Intel, the audience will enjoy a new composition by Oregon Symphony percussionist Sergio Carreno that features other Symphony percussionists performing with new experimental wireless technology that enables music to be made solely with hand movements rather than traditional instruments. Also included in the lineup will be pieces composed by well-known Scandinavian composers. 

Monday, October 24

12-1 pm | Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington, Portland

Colin Currie and local actor Pam Mahon will present a collaboration of contemporary marimba works and selected readings of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez.

Tuesday, October 25

7-8 pm | Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg

Colin Currie solo percussion performance.

Wednesday, October 26

10-11 am | Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg

Colin Currie brings his uniquely engaging presentation and performance to Newberg School District’s middle school students.

In addition to these free public events, Colin Currie will also be performing or visiting the Portland Youth Philharmonic and Metropolitan Youth Orchestra rehearsals and St. Mary’s Home for Boys, in addition to making media appearances on OPB’s “State of Wonder” and All Classical Portland’s “Thursdays @ 3” (Oct. 20 at 3 pm, 89.9FM).

Additional information:

On Colin Currie:

Colin Currie’s “Metal, Wood, Skin” video:

On the Artist in Residence program:


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