TONY BENNETT, COLIN CURRIE, WYNTON MARSALIS, ITZHAK PERLMAN AND MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN HEADLINE OREGON SYMPHONY OCTOBER CONCERTS

September 14, 2016

(PORTLAND, Ore.) The best of the best: that’s what the Oregon Symphony is serving up in October, as jazz and classical music superstars grace the stage of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The legendary Tony Bennett, who sings the American Songbook like nobody else, and multiple Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, along with the top-notch Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, present unforgettable evenings of vocal and instrumental jazz. Artist-in-Residence Colin Currie returns to perform the West Coast premiere of a new American percussion concerto, while acclaimed pianist Marc-André Hamelin tackles the monumental Third Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

 

TUESDAY, OCT. 4

POKEMON

Please note: This concert has been cancelled. The Symphony hopes to reschedule in the future at which time an announcement will be issued.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 8
SUNDAY, OCT. 9
MONDAY, OCT. 10

RACHMANINOFF’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3

When and Where: Oct. 8 at 7:30 pm, Oct. 9 at 2 pm, and Oct. 10 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Nicholas Carter; *Marc-André Hamelin, piano

The Program:

            Wagner:                      “Forest Murmurs” from Siegfried

            Sibelius:                      Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52

             *Rachmaninoff:         Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor    

What’s special about this concert:

  • “Is it possible for a pianist to be too good? If anyone faces jeopardy with that question, it’s Marc-André Hamelin ... Outwardly miraculous, beneath the surface it felt as if each note’s every possibility had been considered in advance, then ensconced in a pianism of total authority.“ – The New York Times, 2016
  • “Marc-André Hamelin has such an unassuming manner at the piano and wears his virtuosity so lightly that one often senses a disconnect between the visual impression and the sounds that emerge from his playing. His first entry as soloist in the Rachmaninov concerto managed to combine purpose with a sense of nonchalance … even when the temperature in the music rises, such as in the link to the finale, there was never any feeling of barnstorming or flashiness, just a serious presentation of the melodic and rhythmic impulse … Above all, this was a profoundly musical interpretation, one in which the listener was able to marvel at the sheer detail of Rachmaninov’s compositional magic while reveling in the virtuosic ease that Hamelin brought to it.” – Matthew Rye, Bachtrack.com 2016
  • A native of Montreal who now lives in Boston, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Hailed by The Guardian as “one of Australia’s most talented classical musicians,” Nicholas Carter is the first Australian to head a state symphony in more than 25 years.
  • “Rarely has the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra been led by a conductor of such strong personality as Nicholas Carter. The 30-year-old from Melbourne is only just settling into the saddle as its newly appointed conductor, but already he has placed his stamp on the orchestra like a smoking hot branding iron.” – The Australia Review, March 2016

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Nicholas Carter: askonasholt.co.uk/artists/conductors/nicholas-carter

On Marc-André Hamelin: marcandrehamelin.com

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at OrSymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

When and Where: Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program: Mr. Marsalis will announce his program from the stage

What’s special about this concert:

  • 18 young members of Dr. Thara Memory’s Portland-based American Music Project will be invited to the stage to play with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis.
  • Jazz superstar Wynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a world-renowned trumpeter and composer. Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12, entered Juilliard at age 17, and later joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 60 jazz and classical recordings, which have won him nine Grammy Awards.
  • Internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader and educator Wynton Marsalis is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz.
  • In 1983, Marsalis became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammy Awards in the same year and repeated this feat in 1984. Marsalis is also an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of U.S. universities and colleges.
  • In November 2005, Marsalis received The National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States Government. In 2009, Marsalis received France’s highest distinction, the insignia Chevalier of the Legion of Honor
  • The 15 members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, some of whom performed with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra, are some of the best soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz. In residence since 1988, the JLCO is considered the finest big band in the world today.
  • Marsalis and the JLCO sold out their last appearance in Portland in 2014.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: jazz.org/JLCO/

On Wynton Marsalis: wyntonmarsalis.org

Tickets: begin at $40 and can be purchased online at OrSymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 15
SUNDAY, OCT. 16

JASON ALEXANDER SINGS BROADWAY

When and Where: Oct. 15 at 7:30 pm and Oct. 16 at 3 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik; *Jason Alexander, vocals

The Program: Mr. Alexander will announce his program from the stage

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • Actor, comedian, vocal artist, and director Jason Alexander brings his Tony award-winning voice to Portland for two evenings of Broadway favorites.
  • Alexander, best known for his portrayal of George Costanza on the hit TV show Seinfeld, has an impressive list of Broadway roles to his credit, including his 1989 performance in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, for which he received a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
  • “Alexander not only has an exceptional voice and a thoroughly honed gift for selling a song, but he can also be surprisingly light on his feet and work a room with an ease that any standup comedian would envy.” – Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2015
  • Alexander will perform selections from an eclectic array of Broadway shows, such as The Music Man, Pippin, Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out and Merrily We Roll Along, as well as interweave his inimitable comic routines.
  • Alexander began his acting career onstage in New York. He has appeared in a number of productions, including Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, Kander & Ebb’s The Rink and Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Jeff Tyzik: jefftyzik.com

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at OrSymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

TUESDAY, OCT. 18

ITZHAK PERLMAN RECITAL

When and Where: Oct. 18 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: *Itzhak Perlman, violin; *Rohan De Silva, piano. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program:

            *Leclair:          Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 9, No. 3

            *Brahms:        Scherzo from Sonatensatz in C minor, “FAE Sonata”

            *Beethoven:   “Spring” Sonata

            *Ravel:            Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G Major

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • An undisputed superstar of the violin, Itzhak Perlman is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s highest artistic award, for “his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of our nation.”
  • Perlman’s 1970s recordings of Beethoven’s violin sonatas with pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy are considered definitive by many audiophiles.
  • On June 23, 2016, in Jerusalem, Perlman received the 2016 Genesis Prize, an award that honors individuals who have attained excellence in their professional fields, have made a significant contribution to humanity, and serve as an inspiration to others through their dedication to Jewish values and the State of Israel.
  • Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Rohan De Silva is Perlman’s regular collaborative pianist. He also works with other top-shelf violinists, including Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Midori. He has been a member of the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1991.
  • In addition to the listed works, Mr. Perlman and Mr. De Silva will perform several favorite pieces, which they will announce from the stage.

More Background Info and Photos:
On Itzhak Perlman: itzhakperlman.com
On Rohan De Silva: juilliard.edu/faculty/rohan-de-silva

Tickets: begin at $45 and can be purchased online at OrSymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 22
SUNDAY, OCT. 23
MONDAY, OCT. 24

COLIN CURRIE

When and Where: Oct. 22 at 7:30 pm, Oct. 23 at 2 pm, and Oct. 24 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Colin Currie, percussion

The Program:

            Rouse:             Supplica

            *Norman:       Switch for solo percussion and orchestra

            Strauss:           Ein Heldenleben

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • The Symphony’s Artist in Residence returns for his second year of residency, performing in a variety of places around Portland. See “Beyond the Schnitz” section below.
  • Scotland’s most famous musical export (after the bagpipes) begins his second year as the Oregon Symphony’s Artist-in-Residence with the West Coast premiere of a new American percussion concerto by rising star Andrew Norman.
  • Currie has garnered rave reviews wherever he performs: “Surely the world's finest and most daring percussionist.” – The Spectator, August 2013. “Staggeringly virtuosic display.” –  Financial Times, September 2014
  • “The man is simply a marvel.” –  The Daily Telegraph, November 2014
  • Currie is Artist in Association at London’s Southbank Centre, where he was the focus of a major percussion festival “Metal Wood Skin” in 2014, featuring premieres by Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, James MacMillan’s “Percussion Concerto No. 2” with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Louis Andriessen’s “Tapdance” with the Asko-Schoenberg Ensemble.
  • Currie has recorded many concerto, recital and chamber works, including Andrew Norman’s “Switch” with Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer, released on Reference Records.
  • Los Angeles-based composer Andrew Norman has a distinctive, often fragmented and highly energetic voice, which has been cited in the New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors,” in the Boston Globe for its “staggering imagination,” and in the L. A. Times for its “Chaplinesque” wit.

More Background Info and Photos:
On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org
On Colin Currie: colincurrie.com/site/

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at OrSymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

THURSDAY, OCT. 26

TONY BENNETT

When and Where: Oct. 26 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: Tony Bennett, vocals. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

The Program: Mr. Bennett will announce his program from the stage

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • No one else in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Tony Bennett. In the last ten years alone, he has sold ten million records.
  • “…his voice is still a technical marvel, and no one else on Earth can make a lyric written eight decades ago sound as natural as a conversation at a coffee shop.”  – New York Magazine
  • In December 2015, 18-time Grammy Winner Tony Bennett and jazz pianist Bill Charlap, were nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for their jazz piano album, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.  
  • Last year, Bennett and Lady Gaga took home the Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” for their album, Cheek To Cheek
  • Bennett became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2005, was named an NEA Jazz Master in January of 2006, received the Citizen of the World award from the United Nations and a Billboard Magazine Century Award in honor of his outstanding contributions to music.

More Background Info and Photos:

On Tony Bennett: tonybennett.com

Tickets: begin at $45 and can be purchased online at OrSymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 29
SUNDAY, OCT. 30
MONDAY, OCT. 31

BARBER’S VIOLIN CONCERTO

When and Where: Oct. 29, Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar; *Joseph Swensen, violin

The Program:

            Janáček:                      Overture to From the House of the Dead

            Prokofiev:                   Symphony No. 3, “The Fiery Angel”  

            *Barber:                      Violin Concerto

            Bach/Stokowski:        Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

What’s So Special About This Concert:

  • These concerts juxtapose spooky music for Halloween by Janáček, Prokofiev and Bach with Samuel Barber’s lyric violin concerto.
  • Joseph Swensen currently holds the post of Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, where he was Principal Conductor from 1996-2005.
  • In addition to his conducting engagements, Swensen has recently returned to the concert platform as a violin soloist. Before launching his conducting career in the mid-1990s, Swensen enjoyed a highly successful career as a violin soloist appearing frequently with the world’s major orchestras and important conductors. 
  • Barber’s Violin Concerto is among the most performed and recorded violin concertos by an American composer.

More Background Info and Photos:

On the Oregon Symphony: orsymphony.org

On Joseph Swensen: josephswensen.com/biography.htm

Tickets: begin at $23 and can be purchased online at OrSymphony.org; in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland (M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm); by phone at (503) 228-1353 (M-Fri, 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

 

Beyond the Schnitz

Oregon Symphony Community Engagement Programs

The Oregon Symphony and its musicians are deeply involved in the community in places that stretch far beyond the confines of our concert hall.  Here are a few of the things happening in that arena during the month of October.

While Colin Currie is in Portland to perform the West Coast premiere of Andrew Norman’s new percussion concerto “Switch,” our Artist in Residence will have a busy schedule, working with young musicians in schools and coaching in youth orchestra rehearsals. In addition to those appearances, Currie will be performing in a variety of places with performances that are open to the public.

 

Wednesday, October 19

7 - 8:30 pm 

8800 SW Oleson Rd., Portland

Colin Currie and the Oregon Symphony Percussion Ensemble at Nordia House.  Free

 

Thursday, October 20:

3 - 4 pm

All Classical Portland Studio

211 SE Caruthers St., Portland

 

 All Classical Portland’s  “Thursdays @ Three” live performance on solo marimba. Broadcast live. Seats available by reservation from www.allclassical.org.

 

Monday, October 24:

12 – 1 pm

Literary Arts office

925 SW Washington St., Portland

A free solo pop-up recital on marimba with selections by Gabriel Garcia Márquez, read by actor Pam Mahon.

 

 

Tuesday, October 25:

7 - 8 pm 

Chehalem Cultural Center

415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg

Evening Recital. For tickets contact http://www.chehalemculturalcenter.org/ 503 487 6883

 

Wednesday, October 26:

10 - 11 am

Chehalem Cultural Center

415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg

Youth Concert with technique demonstrations. Free and open to students, teachers and parents.

 

Photos for media uses can be accessed at: www.orsymphony.org/newsroom/artists.aspx

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

 

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