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October 9, 2018

PORTLAND, OR – The Oregon Symphony’s SoundStories series opens with a visually stunning production of Stravinsky’s Petrushka, featuring theatrical creations by Creative Director Doug Fitch, on November 3-5; celebrate Election Day with the razor-sharp political wit of The Capitol Steps on November 6; conductor and arranger Steve Hackman presents his latest symphonic mashup, Tchaikovsky v. Drake, on November 8; our Kids Series opens with a swashbuckling journey through pirate-infested waters, with guest performers Dance West and the Pacific Youth Choir, on November 11; pianist Ingrid Fliter, praised for her “old master touch” with Beethoven, performs the “Emperor” Concerto on November 17-19; and Principal – Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra in a dazzling multimedia concert featuring some of Disney’s most magical music with scores from Frozen, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, and more on November 24-25.




When and Where: Nov. 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Doug Fitch, creative director

The Program:    

Haydn: Symphony No. 103, “Drumroll” 
Walton: Johannesburg Festival Overture
Honegger: Pastorale d’été
*StravinskyPetrushka (1947 version) 

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • The first of Oregon Symphony’s SoundStories series kicks off with an innovative theatrical staging of Stravinsky’s Petrushka, featuring renowned creative director Doug Fitch’s eye-catching puppets and other visual creations.
  • Fitch – whose work ranges from architecture to operatic stage direction – will transform the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with dazzling scenes, larger-than-life characters, and spirited performers in this “total event” production of Stravinsky’s ballet.
  • Fitch has collaborated with many organizations to create innovative productions, including La Grande Macabre with the New York Philharmonic (2010), Hansel and Gretel with the Los Angeles Opera (2006), Turandot with the Santa Fe Opera (2005), and Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio for the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center (2005).
  • “Genre-bending” is how Fitch describes his work, which amalgamates puppetry with dance, live action and audience participation. The aim is to break down the formalities that govern the average concert and redefine the relationships between musicians and audiences.
  • “The players become a rather naughty group of participants at the ballet’s Shrovetide fair… The puppetry is beguiling and touching, and entirely true to Stravinsky’s vision that figures made of wood and cardboard have emotions and souls.” – The Guardian, April 2015

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Doug Fitch: douglasfitch.com

Tickets: begin at $24




When and Where: Nov. 6 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Performers: The Capitol Steps. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program: What better way to spend election night than with The Capitol Steps, who will perform selections from their most recent album, Make America Grin Again, and more.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Widely regarded as some of the funniest political satirists in American politics today, The Capitol Steps have spent the past 37 years gleefully skewering political figures on both sides of the aisle. In that time, the “Steps” have released over 35 albums, including their latest, Make America Grin Again. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.
  • Over 30 years ago, The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
  • What The Capitol Steps have to say about Make America Grin Again: “It’s amazing. It’s huge. It’s fabulous. It has nothing to do with Russia. Or Putin. Or those annoying immigrant children at the border.”
  • To date, The Capitol Steps have performed for five sitting U.S. Presidents, and have also appeared on “Good Morning America,” the “Today Show,” “20/20,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Nightline,” CNN’s “Inside Politics,” and dozens of times on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” 
  • Make America Grin Again features hilarious ditties that comment on the ups and downs of political life in the era of Donald Trump. Songs include “Pence is From Heaven,” “Taking Aim at the NRA,” “Happy Days are Here for Dems,” “Hang Down Your Head, Paul Ryan,” “Korea,” and “Hillary Will Survive.”
  • Critics from across the political spectrum hail The Capitol Steps’ witty, biting satire of Washington’s political scene. The Wall Street Journal notes, “The troupe has become a favorite on the Washington social circuit. Its political satire brings chuckles ¼ rave reviews ¼ guffaws ¼ and bipartisan grins all around. The satire hits the mark.” Larry King, formerly of CNN, declared, “There’s no one like them, no one in their league,” while The New York Times wrote, “Those who complain that politicians and government are good for nothing are wrong. The Capitol Steps makes clear that more often than not, they’re good for a laugh.”

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On The Capitol Steps: capsteps.com

Tickets: begin at $35




When and Where: Nov. 8 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with guest conductor Steve Hackman. Note: Neither Tchaikovsky nor Drake will perform on this concert.

The Program: Classical music meets hip-hop in this symphonic mash-up from visionary composer and conductor Steve Hackman. Three vocalists and a rap artist join the Oregon Symphony to meld Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Fifth Symphony with more than a dozen Drake hits, including “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” and “Started from the Bottom.” 

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Conductor, composer, arranger, producer, and songwriter Steve Hackman is increasingly in demand as one of the most compelling artists contributing to a new landscape in hybrid music. Fluent in both classical and popular repertoire, he crafts and conducts virtuosic, cross-genre works and performances that intrigue the established audience and engage an excited new one.
  • Hackman presents programs that synthesize orchestral and pop masterworks. Among his creations are Brahms v. Radiohead; Beethoven v. Coldplay; Copland v. Bon Iver, and Bartók v. Björk.
  • Tchaikovsky vs. Drake interweaves two very different composers’ visions, and creates a musical journey that seamlessly bridges two artists separated by more than a century.
  • Audiences will experience Hackman’s pairing of Drake’s “Emotions” with the horn solo from the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony
  • “I’ve always thought that mash-ups and remixes are just celebrating the original(s), and when you hear something familiar with something unfamiliar it only encourages you to go discover that unfamiliar.” – Steve Hackman
  • “Young audiences are very excited about learning more about Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven. I think these integrations with other artists that are more familiar to them are a great gateway [to these artists].” – Karl Pedersen, Columbus Symphony principal violist

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Steve Hackman: stevehackman.com

Tickets: begin at $25




When and Where: Nov. 11 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, Dance West, and the Pacific Youth Choir, with Associate Conductor Norman Huynh; Pam Mahon, narrator

The Program:

Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave”
Korngold: Overture to Captain Blood
Elgar: “In Haven” from Sea Pictures
Handel: Hornpipe from Water Music
Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Menken: “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid
Rimsky-Korsakov: Excerpt from Scheherazade
Verdi: “Libiamo” from La traviata
Badelt: Suite from Pirates of the Caribbean 

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Our first Kids Concert of the 2018/19 Season features music of the high seas, featuring Korngold’s Overture to Captain Blood, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, selections from Alan Menken’s score for Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and more!
  • Narrator Pam Mahon guides the audience through the swash-buckling adventures of Captain Blood, The Flying Dutchman, and those bloodthirsty Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • The award-winning Dance West ensemble joins the orchestra to interpret Wagner’s powerful and stormy Overture to The Flying Dutchman.
  • The Pacific Youth Choir, directed by Mia Hall Miller, will sing music from Elgar’s Sea Pictures; “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid; and “Libiamo” from La traviata
  • Other program highlights include excerpts of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Handel’s Water Music.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Pam Mahon: arthousetalentandliterary.com

On Dance West: dancewestcompany.com

On the Pacific Youth Choir: pacificyouthchoir.org

Tickets: begin at $11




When and Where: Nov. 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony with guest conductor Alexander Soddy; *Ingrid Fliter, piano

The Program:

*Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • British conductor and pianist Alexander Soddy is particularly known for his strong background in opera. After he earned degrees in musicology and theory from Cambridge University, Soddy began working with the National Opera Studio in London. He has served as music director of the Nationaltheater Mannheim since the 2016/17 season.
  • “Soddy brought out gorgeous textures and brilliant flourishes from the Met Orchestra.” – New York Classical Review, October 3, 2017
  • Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter has won the admiration and hearts of audiences around the world for her passionate and sensitive performances, played with an effortless technique. Winner of the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists and the only woman to have received this honor, Ms. Fliter divides her time between North America and Europe.
  • “Zankel Hall was packed on Wednesday night with concertgoers curious to hear the New York recital debut of … Ingrid Fliter, who last year became the fifth winner of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award … Ms. Fliter has a brilliant, muscular yet seemingly relaxed technique.” – Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 2007
  • Fliter has been praised for “relaxed lyricism and a warm, full tone” (The Independent, 2014); and “her high musical seriousness and her willingness to court danger.” – Norman Lebrecht, La Scena Musicale, July 5, 2007

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Alexander Soddy: arsis-artists.com/en/alexander-soddy/

On Ingrid Fliter: ingridfliter.com/

Tickets: begin at $24




When and Where: Nov. 24 at 7:30 pm and Nov. 25 at 2 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik

The Program: The magic of Disney comes to life in this multimedia showpiece featuring music from the scores of Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, The Little MermaidMary PoppinsAladdinThe Lion King, and more.

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • The most breathtaking moments of Disney’s cinematic magic come to life as the Oregon Symphony performs live, while scenes from some of Disney’s most beloved films are projected on a jumbo screen above the orchestra.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Jeff Tyzik: jefftyzik.com

Tickets: begin at $23



Tickets for all concerts can be purchased online at orsymphony.org; or in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., Portland, OR 97205.

Ticket Office Hours

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September–June (Mon–Sat, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Mon–Fri, 10 am–9 pm, Sat 10 am–6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

Season subscriptions, including the popular Choose Your Own packages and Gift Cards, are available through the Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353


ABOUT OREGON SYMPHONY The multi-Grammy-nominated Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras. Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, it serves over 300,000 people annually through more than 110 performances and award-winning education and community engagement programs. Now in its 123rd year, the Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi.

The Symphony’s ground-breaking 2017/18 Season set box office and fundraising records and was marked by an initiative to connect more deeply with the Portland community. The organization embarked on the year-long Sounds of Home series, which revolutionized the role of the arts in addressing three of the most critical social issues of the day: immigration, the environment, and homelessness. This series made a powerful impact in the community through innovative art, cross-sector partnerships with 37 organizations, and civic leadership. Sounds of Home community concerts hosted in venues across the city reached nearly 3,000 attendees and were viewed by thousands more through live streaming on social media.

The Symphony reached over 15 million radio broadcast listeners in the 2017/18 Season via All Classical Portland as well as American Public Media’s SymphonyCast and Performance Today. The season additionally featured three world premieres, including the first-ever play commissioned by an American orchestra.

Photos for media use are available at orsymphony.org/newsroom.


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