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Symphony Storytime

"I Love You! A Bushel & A Peck" with voice & guitar

Watch a classic song come to life in this endearing episode, featuring I Love You! A Bushel and a Peck written by Frank Loesser and illustrated by Rosemary Wells. Marilyn de Oliveira hosts Vocalist/Guitarist Beth Wood as she sings this sweet song of two smitten ducklings who care so much for each other.

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"A Horn is Born" featuring the viola

Follow Old Shoehorn's heartwarming journey toward discovering the magic of music! In this episode, Host Adam Eccleston and Oregon Symphony Principal violist Amanda Grimm explore A Horn is Born - an inspirational tale about overcoming hardship and shining brightly despite all odds.

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"Julián is a Mermaid" featuring the steel pan

Individuality and self-expression are worth celebrating! In this heartwarming episode, host Marilyn de Oliveira and percussionist Andy Akiho bring Jessica Love's story about Julián - a young boy who loves dressing up like a mermaid - to life. Follow along as they uncover the value of celebrating who we are and embracing what makes us unique. Andy plays his amazing steel pan drum!

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"Te deseo felicidad"/"I Wish You Happiness" con el violín

¡Explora esta historia positiva y edificante que empodera a los niños para que sean lo mejor que puedan ser! Presentado por Raúl Gómez-Roja con la segunda violinista Inés Voglar Belgique, subdirectora de la Sinfonía de Oregón en este episodio bilingüe. Seguro que alegrará los espíritus y encenderá la alegría. Leído con permiso de Picco Puppy Publishers.

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"Counting to Bananas" featuring the viola

When will it be time for bananas?! Tag along with us for this hilarious story about a narrator and a banana with very strong opinions. Host Adam Eccleston joins Oregon Symphony Principal violist Amanda Grimm to tell Carrie Tillotson's Counting to Bananas in this fun-filled episode.

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"Yo Puedo Hacer Cosas Difíciles" con el violín

Todos tienen fuerza dentro de ellos - a veces solo necesitamos un poco de ayuda extra para encontrarla! El presentador Raúl Gómez-Rojas narra mientras que la segunda violinista Inés Voglar Belgique, subdirectora de la Sinfonía de Oregón, interpreta magníficos pasajes de violín en este episodio bilingüe sobre el empoderamiento, la resiliencia y la fuerza. Leído con permiso de Skinned Knee Publishers.

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"Abdul’s Story" featuring the bass

Everybody makes mistakes sometimes - even the best superheroes! In this episode, host Marilyn de Oliveira and Oregon Symphony Bassist Mariya Andonova explore Abdul's Story - a heartwarming tale about getting your ideas out for all to enjoy; editing can come later. Read with permission by Simon & Schuster.

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"Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre" con el violín

¿Qué hay en un nombre? Únete a la presentadora Maria García y a Raúl Gómez-Rojas en el violín mientras exploran esta conmovedora historia sobre las vibrantes historias que nuestros nombres pueden contarnos sobre nuestro pasado y nuestro futuro.

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"I Will Keep You Safe and Sound" featuring the harp

Go on a magical adventure where loving animal guardians assure their young that they'll always protect them. Hosted by Adam Eccleston and featuring music played by Oregon Symphony harpist Matthew Tutsky, this story is sure to provide peace and calmness among young viewers. Read with permission by Scholastic Press.

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"Nadarín" con el piano

Acompaña a Nadarín, un pececito listo y el único pez negro en medio de un banco de peces rojos, mientras ide a un plan para salvar el día. Presentado por Raúl Gómez-Rojas, con interludios de piano interpretados por María García, este capítulo sobre coraje y trabajo en equipo sin duda inspirará. Leído con permiso de Lectorum Publications.

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"You Stole My Name" featuring Voice & Guitar

Take a musical journey through the animal kingdom with You Stole My Name - a colorful tale exploring animals' namesakes as unlikely pairs meet in the natural world. Oregon Symphony cellist Marilyn de Oliveira hosts while author and illustrator Dennis McGregor sings his book and plays guitar. This story is read with permission by Blue Star Press.

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Young People's Concerts

Sinfónica! • Episode 1

Brazil & Argentina

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Sinfónica! • Episode 2

Costa Rica & The Dominican Republic

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Sinfónica! • Episode 3

Mexico

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Notations

Notations - Darrell Grant

Bridging the vibrant history of Black music to Portland. Watch the final episode of the digital series, Notations. In this episode, composer and pianist Darrell Grant shares his personal journey of learning about the musical history of Portland’s Black community. Once a vibrant mecca, Portland's jazz scene was decimated when the Black community was displaced by freeways and structures. This moving episode concludes with Grant performing his piece "Crossing the Bridge, Vanport" with musicians of the Oregon Symphony. The song speaks to his belief that “human beings can find ways to communicate across the things that divide us” and is a tribute to those responsible for Portland’s jazz scene in the 1940s.

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Notations - Inés Voglar Belgique

A personal musical journey from Venezuela to Portland. In this episode of Notations, Oregon Symphony violinist Inés Voglar Belgique proudly discusses her Venezuelan roots and commitment to introduce Oregonians to her beloved culture through music. Inés shares how she has made the “beautiful city” of Portland her home, connects with other Venezuelans who reside in Oregon, and provides food, medication, and scholarship opportunities to her native country. Enjoy Oregon Symphony violinists Inés Voglar Belgique and Keiko Araki as they perform Pablo Herrero and Jose Armenteros’ “Venezuela.”

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Notations - Andy Akiho

Trinidad. Portland. Rome. NYC. Tokyo. Composer and percussionist Andy Akiho draws inspiration from all the places he's visited and lived. Learn how Akiho pursued his passion for steel by traveling to Trinidad and learning the craft from where the art form originated and thrives to this day. The avant-garde percussionist describes his way of living life as “just getting to know people in so many cultures and making music with people from around the world.”

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minute for music

88. Happy Valentine's Day!

In this week's love-themed episode of minute for music, join Oregon Symphony violinist Keiko Araki on a journey back through time as she revisits the costumes from her previous videos! Performing all the parts of Edward Elgar's Chanson de Matin, she leaves us with a gentle reminder of where all great music comes from – the (knitted, pink) heart!

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87. Practice Makes Purrrfect

As if napping and keeping groomed weren't enough, Oregon Symphony violinist Keiko Araki's cat is busy training to be a conductor. Today's #minuteformusic features the ever-affectionate Zoot as he widens his palate and dons his finest concert attire. Performing all four parts of "The Waltzing Cat" by Leroy Anderson, Keiko used some digital magic to transpose one of the parts down an octave, giving the song a reverberating bass part fit for a feline.

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86. Associate Concertmasters Peter Frajola and Erin Furbee

As we look ahead toward the crisp days of fall, wave goodbye to summer with this farewell tango. Today's #minuteformusic features Oregon Symphony Associate Concertmaster Peter Frajola and Assistant Concertmaster Erin Furbee performing Garardo Matos Rodríguez's "La Cumparsita." Loosely translated as "Little Parade," the song is commonly played at the end of an enjoyable evening of dancing to indicate that the night is over.

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Essential Sounds

Episode 6 | Community

Welcome to the season finale of Essential Sounds, playing tribute to our community. In this episode, you’ll hear our violinist Gregory Ewer’s story of how music connects us when we can’t be together physically. Portland songwriter Holcombe Waller sings his song “Hardliners” with an Oregon Symphony quartet, and Principal Cello Nancy Ives performs a tribute for her sister as she watches live, remotely.

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Episode 5 | Educators

Hear a moving rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come” by vocalist Alonzo Chadwick, as well as performances by Oregon Symphony musicians and a conversation about creating art during the pandemic with Andrew Norman, described by the Los Angeles Times as “the leading American composer of his generation.”

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Episode 4 | Medical Research

Hear performances by Oregon Symphony musicians, Blind Pilot frontman Israel Nebeker, and a conversation with American composer Jessie Montgomery, as well as Principal Bassoonist Carin Miller Packwood’s story of how her friend, a cellist and pathologist in New York City, is using skills she initially developed as a musician to identify patterns in our blood that could help fight the coronavirus.

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Listening Room

Luigi Cherubini: Overture to Ali Baba

Recorded live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 27 & 28, 2015. Carlos Kalmar, conductor.

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Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Recorded live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon on April 9-11, 2016. Carlos Kalmar, conductor.

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Dvořák: The Water Goblin, Op. 107

Recorded live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon on March 17-19, 2019. Carlos Kalmar, conductor.

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What the Future Sounds Like

Grammy Award-winning artist Chris Thile hosts and performs alongside the Oregon Symphony, conducted by Music Director David Danzmayr.

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Studio to School Project: Year Three in Review

A look back at this program that brings high-quality music education, staff development, and arts-integrated learning into schools.

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Oregon Symphony & NW Community Gospel Chorus: “Hallelujah”

An audio excerpt from the 2018 CD Gospel Christmas

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