Classical Series A+B

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Twelve concerts, October 2020–June 2021

OCTOBER 3, 4 & 5, 2020

Kalmar, Moser & Sibelius 2

Carlos Kalmar kicks off his final season as music director with Sibelius’ beloved Second Symphony and Oregon Symphony Artist-in-Residence Johannes Moser.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello

Weber: Der Freischütz Overture
Robin Holloway: Cello Concerto (World premiere commission)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

OCTOBER 17, 18 & 19, 2020

Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody

Experience the thrill of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, a cornerstone of the repertoire since its 1934 premiere.

David Danzmayr, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

Elena Kats-Chernin: Heaven is Closed
Elena Kats-Chernin:
Dance of the Paper Umbrellas (U.S. premiere)
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7

NOVEMBER 7, 8 & 9, 2020

Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky

This wide-ranging program will take you on a journey with dazzling music by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Liadov, and contemporary composer Unsuk Chin.

Antony Hermus, conductor
James Ehnes, violin

Haydn: Symphony No. 102
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
Unsuk Chin: Frontispiece for Orchestra
Liadov: The Enchanted Lake
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini

NOVEMBER 21, 22 & 23, 2020

Brahms’ Requiem

Experience the awe-inspiring power of Brahms’ choral-orchestral masterpiece, poignantly paired with music by Austrian Jewish composer and World War II refugee Hans Gál.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Oregon Repertory Singers
Soloists TBA

Gál: Triptych
Brahms: A German Requiem

JANUARY 16, 17 & 18, 2021

Beethoven, Prokofiev & Tania León

Our concertmaster, Sarah Kwak, takes center stage in a program with music by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and renowned Cuban-American composer Tania León.

Yoel Gamzou, conductor
Sarah Kwak, violin

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Violin Concerto No. 1
Tania León: Stride (Oregon Symphony commission)
Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

JANUARY 30, 31 & FEBRUARY 1, 2021

Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony

Join Maestro Kalmar for one of the most celebrated symphonies – and biggest mysteries – in the repertoire.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
TBA, baritone

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6
Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
Hartmann: Gesangsszene (Song Scene)

FEBRUARY 6, 7 & 8, 2021

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5

Sit back and enjoy the exhilarating emotional journey and melodic brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth. 

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Raminta Šerkšnytė: Fires
Thomas Adès: Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

MARCH 5, 7 & 8, 2021

Schubert 9 & Dvořák

Revel in the joyful sounds of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony – his final orchestral masterpiece – and Dvořák’s lively Piano Concerto.

Joana Mallwitz, conductor
Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Marko Nikodijevic: GHB/Tanzaggregat (Dance Set)
Dvořák: Piano Concerto
Schubert: Symphony No. 9, “Great”

MARCH 13, 14 & 15, 2021

Strauss’ Don Juan & Schumann

Strauss’ delightful symphonic tale pairs perfectly with the impassioned tones of Robert Schumann’s Fourth Symphony.

James Gaffigan, conductor
Timo Andres, piano

R. Strauss: Don Juan
Timo Andres: The Blind Bannister
Missy Mazzoli: These Worlds in Us
R. Schumann: Symphony No. 4

APRIL 24, 25 & 26, 2021

Debussy, Abrahamsen & Shostakovich

Hans Abrahamsen’s atmospheric new piano concerto for the left hand complements expressive music by three 20th-century greats.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Tamara Stefanovich,

Debussy/Abrahamsen: Children’s Corner
Hans Abrahamsen: Left, alone
Lutosławski: Musique funèbre (In memory of Béla Bartók)
Symphony No. 6

MAY 8, 9 & 10, 2021

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot stars in one of the most dazzling showpieces in the repertoire.

Jun Märkl, conductor
Blake Pouliot, violin

Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Jeux (Games)
R. Strauss:
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

JUNE 12, 13 & 14, 2021

A Historic Finale: Kalmar & Mahler 9

Join us as we celebrate Carlos Kalmar’s incredible era as music director with Mahler’s transcendent Symphony No. 9.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Gabriel Kahane: Commission inspired by Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 (World premiere)
Mozart: Symphony No. 32
Mahler: Symphony No. 9

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