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Oregon Symphony’s Livestream Concert Series Begins on Nov. 7 with Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and the World Premier of a New Composition by Gabriel Kahane

Streaming Viewers Get Exclusive Bonus Content and an Up-Close View of the Orchestra Performing
PORTLAND, Ore., October 12, 2022

Today, the Oregon Symphony is launching the first of six livestream concerts for its 2022/2023 season with Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and the world premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s The Right to Be Forgotten (a folk opera in one act) on Monday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. Each of the livestreamed classical performances will be conducted by David Danzmayr, Music Director for Oregon Symphony, and include exclusive bonus content available only to the streaming audience.

Composer and Oregon Symphony Creative Chair Gabriel Kahane’s The Right to Be Forgotten explores composer Nathaniel Levatin’s Walden-esque experience of leaving the internet world behind for a year during the pandemic and living a completely analog life. The narrative for this mini-folk opera will serve as a fascinating counterpoint for the livestream audience.

Livestreamed performances bring the symphony into viewers’ homes where they can enjoy close ups of the orchestra as well as watch Danzmayr conduct face-forward from the musicians’ perspective – a unique opportunity to experience the emotion and physicality involved with conducting an orchestra.

Streaming audiences also get exclusive bonus content created specifically for each concert. This content is offered during the intermission and may include interviews with Danzmayr about the compositions he is conducting, mini documentaries of featured composers, tours of featured musicians’ home studios, artist interviews, and concert commentary from musical experts.

As part of the Symphony’s commitment to develop engaging programming and provide access to live music performances to a broad range of audiences and communities, the livestream concert series, which debuted last season, proved to be popular with viewership encompassing more than 30 states and internationally, throughout Asia and North America. Viewers can experience sights and sounds of live symphony concerts on any SmartTV, computer, tablet or smartphone, with no additional download required.

“The Oregon Symphony continues to reach audiences beyond the concert hall by delivering relevant and creative digital offerings.'' says Scott Showalter, President and CEO of Oregon Symphony. “Our livestreamed programming provides both longtime symphony enthusiasts and new audiences access to a one-of-a-kind concert experience.”

Livestreamed performances can be purchased individually, or in three- or six-concert packages:

  • Individual concerts: $14.99
  • 3-concert package: $39.00
  • 6-concert package: $69.00

After the livestream, the concert will be available on-demand as a recorded performance for twelve days.

2022/2023 Livestreamed Concerts

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony – November 7, 2022
David Danzmayr, Conductor
Showcasing the vast expressive range of the classical orchestra, Beethoven's "Eroica" celebrates the power of the human spirit in times of conflict and intolerance. Rounding out the night are Lera Auerback’s rendition of Icarus, and Gabrel Kahane’s The Right to Be Forgotten (a folk opera in one act).

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Pianist Kirill Gerstein – December 5, 2022
David Danzmayr, Conductor
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. Framing the program are Tania León's Pulitzer Prize–winning Stride, an homage to the profound legacy of Susan B. Anthony, and Prokofiev's nostalgic Seventh Symphony.

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Violinist Vadim Gluzman – January 30, 2023
David Danzmayr, Conductor
An emotional journey rife with brilliant melody, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony is a triumphant reflection on the composer's struggle with fate. Also, Nordic splendor takes center stage in Sibelius's patriotic Finlandia and the U.S. premiere of Erkki-Sven Tüür's latest violin concerto performed by Vadim Gluzman.

Music of (In)Tolerance: from Mendelssohn to Wagner – March 13, 2023
David Danzmayr, Conductor
Ideas of oppression and resilience are woven throughout Wagner's rarely heard Rienzi Overture and Mendelssohn's monumental "Reformation" Symphony, a heartfelt work inspired by the composer's Protestant faith. Visionary pianist-composer Gabriela Montero showcases her astonishing powers in Babel, a portrait of her experience as a human rights activist.

Music of Steel & Majesty with the Oregon Symphony – May 1, 2023
David Danzmayr, Conductor
Be transported by the silvery sounds of the steel pan as Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist Andy Akiho performs Beneath Lighted Coffers, inspired by the architecture of the Roman Pantheon. Hailed by Schumann as "sheer musical mastery," Schubert's Ninth Symphony is the composer's most exuberant, expansive symphonic statement.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 – June 12, 2023
David Danzmayr, Conductor
Our season concludes with 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. Principal Flute Martha Long brings sparkling grace to Mozart's playful Flute Concerto in G Major.

To experience Oregon Symphony’s 2022-2023 season programming, visit orsymphony.org or call 503-228-1353.

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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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