Open Music is a new concert series—presented by the Oregon Symphony and hosted by its Creative Chair, Gabriel Kahane—in which composers featured in our classical subscription season offer a window into their spirit and creative process through an evening of music and conversation at an intimate venue in Portland.
Kahane says: “Writing music is a mysterious calling; those of us who do it daily are continually baffled and astonished by the sublime and ridiculous pursuit of trying to find language and meaning in sound and silence. With Open Music, we hope to create a space in which audiences can get closer to the inner-workings of that pursuit, while spending time with some of the most imaginative creators of our era.”
For our inaugural season, we’ve invited four composers to open their brains onto the stage through concerts of their own design. It might include some music they've written, but more importantly, it will include music—and possibly visual art or literature—that inspires and informs their work. We’ll hear that music played by Oregon Symphony musicians, and we’ll talk about it on stage for a series of evenings that we hope will be at once casual, edifying, and full of wonder.