Legendary Rapper Nas Brings His Grammy® Award Winning Talent to the Oregon Symphony for One Night Only on November 10th, 2021

The Illmatic creator, widely considered one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time, will perform from his iconic discography

PORTLAND, Ore., October 13, 2021

Nasir JonesToday, Oregon Symphony announces an extraordinary new addition to their fall concert schedule. Nas with the Oregon Symphony is a one night only concert event taking place on Wednesday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Celebrating over 25 years since the debut of his 1994 platinum album Illmatic, the performance will feature over a quarter-century’s worth of Nas’ greatest records including from his 2020 Grammy® winner for Best Rap Album, King’s Disease. With the addition of the dynamic power and virtuosity of the full Oregon Symphony, Nas’ hyper-visual storytelling and topical verses will come to life in a distinct and exciting way.

The first full-length album by poet and rhyme-master Nas (Nasir Jones), Illmatic, is widely considered one of the greatest rap albums of all time and in 2021, was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry. Concert goers will experience this hip-hop landmark like never before with a performance that includes instrumentals from the full orchestra. This once in a season event is sure to bring together fans for an incredible, genre-bending performance. 

Tickets are available for purchase starting at 10:00 am, Wednesday October 13th, on Oregon Symphony’s website at orsymphony.org/nas.

In order to enter the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, all attendees will be required to present either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, along with a valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID. (A negative COVID-19 test = taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time). A face covering is also required for entry and must be worn at all times. More info at orsymphony.org/safety

About Oregon Symphony

Led by Music Director David Danzmayr, the multi-Grammy Award-nominated Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras. It produces several hundred concerts and award-winning education and community programs each year, serving more than 250,000 people in-person and tens of millions more people through broadcasts and recordings. Oregon Symphony has broken attendance and fundraising records in recent years, while innovating on stage through multimedia series such as SoundSights, Sounds of Home and SoundStories. Celebrating its 125th anniversary in the 2021/22 season, Oregon Symphony is committed to building the audiences of tomorrow through breakthrough artistic programs with a wide-ranging coalition of cultural thought-leaders and musical innovators. For more information, visit www.orsymphony.org.

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