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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18
Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 9

Between the ages of 12 and 14, Felix Mendelsohn wrote 12 string symphonies, and Music Director Carlos Kalmar says “they are all such an enormous display of talent, it is pretty much unbelievable.” In Symphony No.9, “you hear darkness and you hear light at the same time-it’s astonishing.”

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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18 – Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 9

Between the ages of 12 and 14, Felix Mendelssohn wrote 12 string symphonies, and Music Director Carlos Kalmar says “they are all such an enormous display of talent, it is pretty much unbelievable.” In Symphony No.9, “you hear darkness and you hear light at the same time-it’s astonishing.”

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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18 – Britten's Simple Symphony

Our premiere episode of Classical Sessions: Carlos@18, honoring Carlos Kalmar’s 18-year legacy as Music Director.

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Symphony Storytime

"Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes" featuring the Bassoon

Written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Carin Miller Packwood, Principal Bassoon. Pete the Cat goes walking down the street. Along the way, his white shoes change colors. But Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song.

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"The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale," featuring the Bass Trombone

Written and illustrated by Jan Brett. Hosted by Shalanda Sims and featuring Charles Reneau, Bass Trombone. One by one, a crowd of animals make room for a cozy nap in a lost mitten, until a tiny mouse causes a wonderfully funny outcome.

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"Because," Featuring the Viola

Written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Amber Ren. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Kenji Bunch, Viola. A young girl's love of the symphony and her journey to center stage is full of discovery, persistence and magic.

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77. Principal Trumpet Jeffrey Work

This minute for music is a musical shot in the arm. A jab of relief, if you will. Jeffrey Work, Oregon Symphony Principal Trumpet, plays James M. Stephenson's "Vaccin-A-tude." We hope you enjoy this healthy dose of music.

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76. Principal Horn Jeff Garza

Do Monday mornings have you yearning to go back to sleep? Let today's minute for music ease you into your week as Jeff Garza, Oregon Symphony Principal Horn, and pianist Jon Nakamatsu play a soothing selection from Carl Reinecke's "Notturno." And maybe give that snooze button one more press. We won't tell.

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75. Principal Clarinet James Shields

The sparkling interplay of Oregon Symphony musicians James Shields (Principal Clarinet) and Trevor Fitzpatrick (Cello) brings to mind the glistening of fresh snowfall at sunrise, the sense of possibility, and perhaps even a hint of danger of the trail not yet travelled in this selection from Swedish composer Svante Henryson's "Off Pist."

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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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The Lullaby Project Concert Celebration

Our 2019 Concert Celebration in which parents and musicians perform their lullabies.

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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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