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Oregon Symphony Invites You to Celebrate the Holiday Season with a Variety of Concerts Happening Throughout December

Enjoy holiday traditions from different cultures, sing-along to your favorite seasonal songs, and experience festive classics in an all new way

PORTLAND, Ore., October 22, 2021

The Oregon Symphony is proud to present its holiday concert season with a slew of musical celebrations that will begin on December 4th and run through December 31st. The festive array of concerts, taking place at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, includes performances of traditional holiday classical music, a multicultural musical tribute, family-friendly events and a New Year’s Eve celebration with Motown’s original Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight.

“This year we designed a season that is sure to appeal to all members of our community with programming that celebrates and explores holiday traditions across genres and cultures,” said Scott Showalter, president and CEO of Oregon Symphony. “It will be wonderful to reunite with audiences during the holidays and celebrate with one another through the joy of live music.”

The full list of programming can be found below:

December 4th-6th: The season will kick off with the Symphony’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. Music Director David Danzmayr conducts Handel’s beloved masterpiece that features the Portland State University Chamber Choir and four world-class soloists: Yulia Van Doren, Gina Perregrino, Miles Mykkanen and Jonathan Woody.

December 8th: Audience members young and old will enjoy Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas. This show provides plenty of cherished traditional Christmas tunes and a very merry sing-along. Raul Gomez Rojas conducts the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Chorale.

December 10th-12th: The Northwest Community Gospel Chorus returns for its 22nd annual performance of Gospel Christmas with the Oregon Symphony. The chorus will bring their talents to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Charles Floyd conducting for a powerful and inspirational experience that will lift your spirits and bring joy to your holiday season.

December 13th: Indulge your holiday nostalgia with It’s a Wonderful Life in Concert. The screening will be unlike any you’ve experienced before. The classic film plays on the big screen while the Symphony performs the score live in an evening fit for the entire family.

December 16th: A Very Merry Christmas Concert with Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández provides audience members a multicultural experience this season. Moving gracefully among classical, pop, jazz, swing, and show tunes, conductor José Hernández leads Mariachi Sol De México® in a vibrant musical tribute to Mexico’s Christmas traditions.

December 18th-19th: Cirque Nutcracker puts a new twist on a holiday classic. The performance pairs the unique hybrid of cirque, dance and acrobatic art of Troupe Vertigo with the power of the Oregon Symphony for a live reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece, The Nutcracker.

December 31st:We close out the season and ring in the New Year with an incredible performance from Motown’s original Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight. New Year’s Eve with Gladys Knight & The Oregon Symphonybrings the seven-time Grammy Award winner to the stage with the Oregon Symphony for an unforgettable celebration.

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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