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In the Community

Your Oregon Symphony and our partner organizations use music’s transformative power to inspire our youth, foster life-long learning and bring healing and joy to all parts of our community.

Lullaby Project

The Lullaby Project unites Oregon Symphony musicians and local singer-songwriters with parents experiencing housing insecurity to create personal lullabies for their children.

The Lullaby Project Celebration Concert

The music created by the 2018 Lullaby Project mothers, songwriters, and musicians was showcased in this special community performance at The Old Church, livestreamed on the Oregon Symphony Facebook page.

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The Lullaby Project: Behind the Scenes

Together with musicians from the Oregon Symphony and local singer-songwriters, mothers and mothers-to-be are creating personal lullabies for their children, expressing their hopes and dreams for the future.

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The Making of a Lullaby

A peek into the creative process behind the Lullaby Project.

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Studio to School

Providing comprehensive musical training to both students and educators, the Studio to School program was created in partnership with David Douglas School District and 45th Parallel, a Portland musicians’ collective.

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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Studio to School Project, Year Two

A look back at this multi-year project serves to promote equal access to high quality music education, provide staff development, and enhance arts integrated learning for children; it is carried out in partnership with the teaching musicians of the 45th Parallel.

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Studio to School Project: Year One 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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Holiday Music

A celebratory mix of selections from live concerts, holiday video performances and other festive finds.

Happy Father's Day

Father-son musician / amateur astronomy duo Jonathan Dubay, violin and Liam Dubay, piano, perform Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Mvt. viii Louange à l'immortalité de Jésus.

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Lift Every Voice and Sing

In honor of Juneteenth, we present your Oregon Symphony brass section performing "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Originally conceived as a poem by James Weldon Johnson and later composed as a hymn by his brother John Rosamond Johnson, it is often referred to as "The Black National Anthem," with lyrics affirming the liberty of all Black Americans. To learn more about local Juneteenth events, head to juneteenthor.com.

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Happy Mother's Day

In honor of Mother's Day, Oregon Symphony cellist Seth Biagini and his mother, pianist Cathy Biagini, play this hauntingly beautiful rendition of the fifth movement from French composer Olivier Messiaen's "Quatuor pour la fin du temps" / Quartet for the End of Time. Recorded remotely from Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California.

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Oregon Symphony & NW Community Gospel Chorus: “Hallelujah”

An audio excerpt from the 2018 CD Gospel Christmas

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Mondays with the Maestro

Music Director Laureate Carlos Kalmar explores connections between emotionality and music, with musical examples and personal stories. This series was created in partnership with Artslandia.

Episode 7: Carlos’ Favorites

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Episode 6: Fear

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Episode 5: Joy

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Gala 2021: The Music Plays On

A live concert event hosted by Scott Showalter and your Oregon Symphony musicians, honoring Carlos Kalmar in his 18th & final season as Music Director

Alicia Hall Moran: Believe Me

Accompanied by her husband Jason at the piano, multi-dimensional artist Alicia Hall Moran lends her rich mezzo-soprano to this original composition for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Augustin Hadelich: Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

Classical violinist Augustin Hadelich plays the Allegro Moderato movement of the Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25, by Pablo de Sarasate for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Jeffrey Kahane: Songs Without Words: Duetto Op. 38, No. 6 in A-Flat Major

Renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane performs Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words: Duetto Op. 38, No. 6 in A-Flat Major for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Simone Lamsma: An Die Musik

Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma performs “An Die Musik” by Franz Schubert, accompanied by pianist Thomas Beijer for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet: That’s a Plenty

Performing a socially-distanced rendition of Lew Pollack’s ragtime composition “That’s a Plenty” (arrangement: Jim Parcel), this brass quintet is composed of Oregon Symphony musicians Joseph Berger, David Bamonte, Jeffrey Work, Casey Jones, and JaTtik Clark. The video premiered at the 2021 Oregon Symphony Gala: The Music Plays On.

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Joshua Bell & Peter Dugan: Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E-flat Major

Joshua Bell, violin and Peter Dugan, piano performing Frederic Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E-flat Major (arrangement: Sarasate/Bell/Wallace) for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet: James M. Stephenson's Fanfare for an Angel

Joseph Berger Associate Principal horn, David Bamonte, Assistant Principal, Musicians of the Oregon Symphony Richard Thornburg trumpet chair, Jeffrey Work, Principal turmpet, Casey Jones, Principal Trombone, and JáTtik Clark, Principal tuba, perform James M. Stephenson's Fanfare for an Angel for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Gabriel Kahane: Little Love

Gabriel Kahane performs original composition Little Love for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Johannes Moser: La Cumparsita

Cellist Johannes Moser performs Gerardo Matos Rodriquez' La Cumparsita for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Oregon Symphony: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Overture from the Marriage of Figaro

Trevor Fitzpatrick, Marilyn de Oliveira, Antoinette Gan, and Kevin Kunkel perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Overture from the Marriage of Figaro" for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Edna Vazquez: Amor y Albur

Edna Vazquez plays original composition "Amor y Albur" for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Sarah Kwak and Emanuel Ax: Leclair's Violin Sonata Op. 9, No. 3 in D Major - Allegro - Adagio

Sarah Kwak, Janet & Richard Geary Concertmaster, and Emanuel Ax, piano, perform Jean-Marie Leclair's "Violin Sonata Op. 9, No. 3 in D Major - Allegro - Adagio" for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Oregon Symphony: Johannes Brahms' String Sextet Op. 36, No. 2 - Poco Allegro

Members of the Oregon Symphony perform Johannes Brahms' "String Sextet Op. 36, No. 2 - Poco Allegro" under the direction of Conductor Carlos Kalmar, for the Oregon Symphony Gala 2021: The Music Plays On.

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Watch the full Gala 2021 concert here