Classical Series B+C

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Twelve concerts, October 2020–June 2021

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

OCTOBER 31, NOVEMBER 1 & 2, 2020

Mozart’s Last Symphonies

Maestro Carlos Kalmar conducts a rare, complete performance of Mozart’s revolutionary final symphonies.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Mozart: Symphony No. 39
Mozart: Symphony No. 40
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

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

DECEMBER 5, 6 & 7, 2020

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky’s sweeping concerto includes some of the most beloved melodies in the repertoire.

Kristiina Poska, conductor
Simon Trpčeski, piano

Helena Tulve: Anastatica (U.S. premiere)
Piano Concerto No. 1
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable”

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 27, 28 & MARCH 1, 2021

Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony & Gabriel Kahane

Two pieces, written centuries apart, explore the consequences of retreating from the bustling realities of contemporary life.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Gabriel Kahane, vocals

Panufnik: Katyń Epitaph
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”
Gabriel Kahane: The Right to Be Forgotten (Oregon Symphony commission)

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 10, 11 & 12, 2021

Dvořák’s New World

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 – a yearning musical postcard from the New World – never ceases to amaze.

Markus Stenz, conductor
Augustin Hadelich,

Copland: Music for the Theatre
Donnacha Dennehy: Violin Concerto (World premiere commission)
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

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 22, 23 & 24, 2021

Carmina Burana

Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of Carl Orff’s outrageous choral-orchestral classic.

Leo Hussain, conductor
PSU Choirs
Pacific Youth Choir
Soloists TBA

Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
Orff: Carmina Burana

JUNE 5, 6 & 7, 2021

Kalmar, Tetzlaff & Brahms

In his penultimate concert as music director, Carlos Kalmar conducts Brahms and Berg with superstar violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

J.S. Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata No. 42
Berg: Violin Concerto
Brahms/Schoenberg: Piano Quartet No. 1

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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