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Oregon Symphony’s Third Season of the Popular Digital Series, Symphony Storytime, Adds Four Spanish-Language Episodes

Digital release of the educational and entertaining series premieres four new episodes featuring inspiring children’s storybooks in Spanish
PORTLAND, Ore., October 4, 2022

Symphony Storytime: La Oruga Muy HambrientaToday, the Oregon Symphony introduced the first of four Spanish-language episodes in the third season of Symphony Storytime. The free, educational digital series premiered Tuesday, August 9, 2022 and releases new episodes every two weeks featuring Oregon Symphony musicians accompanying the reading of beloved illustrated children’s books in both English and Spanish.

The series will feature fun and educational Spanish-language children’s stories such as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar (La Oruga Muy Hambrienta)” that features Oregon Symphony Assistant Principal Second Violin, Inés Voglar Belgique and showcases how a violin can make a sound like a caterpillar munching. The bi-lingual episode “Abuelo,” which is a moving story about a young boy’s fond memories with his abuelo, and “Pete el Gato and His Four Groovy Buttons” are both narrated by Marilyn de Oliveira, Assistant Principal Cello, Oregon Symphony and accompanied by Oregon Symphony’s Principal Clarinet, James Shields.

According to the 2020 Census, Oregon's Latinx population grew by more than 30% in the last ten years. Latinx are now the largest minority group in the state and their numbers have grown faster than the national rate in each of the last three decades. “This season’s four Spanish-language episodes reflect our ongoing commitment to reach Oregon’s Latinx audiences, and diverse populations around the world from across the U.S. and Mexico to the U.K., India and Ukraine,” said Scott Showalter, President and CEO of Oregon Symphony. “Having musicians play music alongside narrated storybooks provides a unique and fun way to introduce classical music and instruments to young children at home and in the classroom.”

There are also several English language episodes remaining in this season, including: “Grumpy Monkey,” and “Change Sings” by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, best known for delivering her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration. All episodes will be free and available online to the public and educators at Studio 125, Oregon Symphony’s new digital destination for music.

Symphony Storytime was originally inspired by parents’ and educators’ desire for meaningful digital content for their young children as families were encouraged to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Created for educators and families with young children and pre-K to early elementary school students, the highly repeatable series of 10-15 minute episodes have since become a valued resource for at-home and classroom learning. Each episode includes a narrator-read book on-screen accompanied by an Oregon Symphony musician performing a “soundtrack” inspired by the story, and is followed by an educational segment that features fun facts about the highlighted instrument and a specially prepared solo.

All episodes are made available on Oregon Symphony’s website and YouTube channel.

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

A partial list of Oregon Symphony’s 2022 Symphony Storytime episodes is included below. The one remaining Spanish-language episode will be announced in the coming weeks.

2022 Symphony Storytime Initial Book Titles and Episodes

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar (La Oruga Muy Hambrienta)” in Spanish
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
Hosted by Maria Garcia, Pianist & All Classical Portland Artist-in-Residence and Inés Voglar Belgique, Assistant Principal Second Violin performs alongside the host

“Abuelo” in Spanish
Written by Arthur Dorros and Illustrated by Raúl Colón
Hosted by Marilyn de Oliveira, Assistant Principal Cello, Oregon Symphony and James Shields, Oregon Symphony Principal Clarinet performs alongside the host

“Pete el Gato and His Four Groovy Buttons” in Spanish
Written by Eric Litwin and Illustrated by James Dean
Hosted by Marilyn de Oliveira, Assistant Principal Cello, Oregon Symphony and James Shields, Oregon Symphony Principal Clarinet performs alongside the host

“Llama Llama Red Pajama” featuring the English horn
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
Hosted by Adam Eccleston, All Classical Portland Radio Host and featuring Jason Sudduth, English horn

“Grumpy Monkey” featuring the English horn
Written by Suzanne Lang and illustrated by Max Lang
Hosted by Adam Eccleston, All Classical Portland Radio Host and featuring Jason Sudduth, English horn

“Your Name is a Song” featuring percussion
Written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and illustrated by Luisa Uribe
Hosted by Adam Eccleston, All Classical Portland Radio Host and featuring Oregon Symphony Assistant Principal Percussion, Stephen Kehner

“Change Sings” featuring percussion
Written by Amanda Gorman and illustrated by Loren Long
Hosted by Adam Eccleston, All Classical Portland Radio Host and featuring Oregon Symphony Assistant Principal Percussion, Stephen Kehner

“Wonder Walkers” featuring the cello
Written and illustrated by Micha Archer
Hosted by Matthew Gailey and featuring Oregon Symphony Cello, Trevor Fitzpatrick

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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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