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May 2003

5/9/03

Guest Conductor Keith Brion Returns
for Special Rose Festival Concert

Portland, Ore. … Guest Conductor Keith Brion returns to Portland to lead the Oregon Symphony and re-create his role as the "March King," John Philip Sousa in a special Rose Festival Concert on Saturday, June 7, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

5/2/03

James DePreist Conducts Special Tribute Concert
to Mark End of His Term as Music Director

Portland, Ore. … James DePreist ends his 23 years as music director of the Oregon Symphony with a special tribute concert featuring works of great personal meaning to him on Sunday, June 1 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

April 2003

4/25/03

Carlos Kalmar Appoints PYP's Mei-Ann Chen Assistant Conductor;
Chen to Maintain PYP Responsibilities

Portland, Ore. … Mei-Ann Chen, a rising young conductor who became Conductor and Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in August of 2002, has been appointed Assistant Conductor of the Oregon Symphony, said Symphony President Tony Woodcock today. Chen was appointed by the Symphony’s Music Director Designate Carlos Kalmar; her two year appointment begins in August.

4/25/03

Final "Symphony Sundays" Concert Features
All-Tchaikovsky Program

Portland, Ore.… Associate Conductor Norman Leyden and the Oregon Symphony present the final concert of the Symphony Sundays series, which features a salute to Tchaikovsky on Sunday, May 25 at 3 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

4/18/03

La Grande Educator James Howell
to Receive Annual Music Education Appreciation Award

Portland, Ore. … James Howell, a La Grande music specialist and current president of the Oregon Music Educator’s Association will be awarded the sixth annual Patty Vemer Music Education Appreciation Award at the Oregon Symphony Classical concert Monday, April 28, at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

4/18/03

Chamber Music on Tap Series Ends Season with "The Four Violas"
Portland, Ore. … The relaxed and unbuttoned Chamber Music on Tap series concludes the 2002-03 season with a return visit from "The Four Violas," led by Oregon Symphony Principal Violist Joël Belgique and violists Brian Quincy, Mara-Lise Gearman and Charles Noble, who will perform an evening of rather unconventional chamber music on Wednesday, May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at BridgePort BrewPub.

4/18/03

James DePreist Finishes Classical Season with
"Emperor" Piano Concerto Performed by Pianist Horacio Gutiérrez
and Brahms' Symphony No. 4

Portland, Ore. … James DePreist conducts his final Classical Concert as Music Director of the Oregon Symphony as he leads the orchestra in Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat “Emperor,” performed by pianist Horacio Gutiérrez on May 17, 18 and 19 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on May 20 at Salem’s Smith Auditorium.

4/11/03

Bank of America Pops Season Concludes with Broadway Hits
Featuring Guest Vocalist Margie Boulé

Portland, Ore. … Associate Conductor Norman Leyden ends the current Bank of America Pops season with a musical flourish as he leads the Oregon Symphony and the Leyden Singers in a concert of Broadway favorites featuring Portland vocalist Margie Boulé on May 10, 11 and 12 in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

March 2003

3/28/03

James DePreist Conducts Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4
with Pianist Michael Roll and "A Motorbike Odyssey" with Guest Trombonist Christian Lindberg

Portland, Ore. … Music Director James DePreist leads the Oregon Symphony in a concert featuring two soloists that includes music of Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major performed by pianist Michael Roll and a newer work by Swedish composer Jan Sandström, "A Motorbike Odyssey" with guest trombonist Christian Lindberg on April 26, 27 and 28 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

3/21/03

Fortissimo's Listening Group Finishes the Year with a Discussion of
Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E Minor

Portland, Ore. … Fortissimo, the Oregon Symphony's young professional volunteer organization, hosts the final Listening Group discussion of the 2002-03 season on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Room in the Central Branch of the Multnomah County Library at 801 SW 10th Ave.

3/21/03

Kinderkonzerts Conclude Four-Part Tour of the Orchestra
with an Exploration of Brass Instruments

Portland, Ore. … The Kinderkonzerts series, designed for kids in kindergarten through second grade, winds up this season’s tour of the orchestra’s families of instruments with a visit to the brass section in “Brought to You By the Letter “B,” presented by the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Programs Department.

3/14/03

Jonathan Dubay and Friends Perform at Chamber Music on Tap Concert
Portland, Ore. … Symphony violinist Jonathan Dubay and Symphony violist Brian Quincy are joined by cellist Gregory Dubay and pianist Carol Rich to present three centuries of chamber music on Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at BridgePort BrewPub.

3/14/03

Associate Conductor Norman Leyden Swings His Big Band
in a Bank of America Pops Concert Featuring Vocalists
Shirley Nanette and Michael Redman

Portland, Ore. … Swing along to the sounds of big-band music as Associate Conductor Norman Leyden leads his 17-piece big band in an annual Oregon Symphony Bank of America Pops concert featuring vocalists Shirley Nanette and Michael Redman and swing dancers from Dance West on April 12, 13 and 14 in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

3/7/03

Pianist Lilya Zilberstein Debuts with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3;
Guest Conductor Tadaaki Otaka Leads Orchestra
in Elgar's 1st Symphony

Portland, Ore. … Pianist Lilya Zilberstein makes her Oregon Symphony debut with Beethoven’s haunting Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, and guest conductor Tadaaki Otaka returns to conduct Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 in A-flat major on April 5, 6 and 7 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance April 8 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

3/3/03

Murry Sidlin Unable to Conduct Due to Injury;
National Symphony's Emil de Cou to Lead Nerve Endings Concert

Portland, Ore. … On the advice of his doctors, Murry Sidlin is unable to conduct the Oregon Symphony's March 7 "Beware the Ives of March and Beware the Marches of Ives" Nerve Endings concert. Sidlin was recently involved in a pedestrian accident in Washington, D.C., and while he is expected to recover completely, his doctors have strongly advised against travel at the present time.

February 2003

2/23/03

Symphony Announces 2003-2004 Season Welcoming Carlos Kalmar as Music Director: Season to Feature Musical Variety Including Month-long Beethoven Festival and Northwest Commissions to Celebrate Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Plus Talented Guest Soloists and Unique Special Events
… including … André Watts * Evelyn Glennie * Keith Lockhart * Christopher O'Riley * Art Garfunkel * Ravi Shankar * Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra * Thomas M. Lauderdale's Pink Martini * and more!

2/14/03

"Four-tissimo," Featuring Oregon Symphony Low Brass Section,
Performs at Chamber Music on Tap Concert

Portland, Ore. … Join "Four-tissimo," a group of low brass players from the Oregon Symphony as they present an evening of eclectic works ranging from the Baroque to ragtime and jazz on Wednesday, March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at BridgePort BrewPub.

2/14/03

Bank of America Pops Celtic Celebration Ushers in St. Patrick's Day
with Music, Dance and Song

Portland, Ore. … Journey to the Emerald Isle to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Celtic style with dancing, bagpipes, exciting theatrical staging and music that blends Broadway, pops, classical and traditional Celtic sounds in an Oregon Symphony Bank of America Pops concert led by guest conductor Jack Everly on March 15, 16 and 17 in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

2/10/03

Charles Ives' Unanswerable Question
Posed in Final Nerve Endings Concert with Murry Sidlin

Portland, Ore. … Guest Conductor Murry Sidlin will ask several "unanswerable" questions regarding the iconoclastic and uniquely American composer Charles Ives in the Oregon Symphony's final Nerve Endings concert of the 2002-2003 season: "Beware the Ives of March and Beware the Marches of Ives" on Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

2/8/03

Acclaimed Ensemble Canadian Brass Returns to Portland
Portland, Ore. … One of the world's premiere brass quintets, the Canadian Brass, returns to Portland for a special concert presented by the Oregon Symphony on Tuesday, March 11, in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

2/8/03

Kids Concert Blends Comedy and Music in "The Lost Elephant"
Portland, Ore. … An elephant has escaped from the zoo and writer, director and special guest Dan Kamin will lead Oregon Symphony Kids Concert audiences in finding him in “The Lost Elephant” on Sunday, March 9, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Conducting Assistant Jonathan Pasternack will conduct.

January 2003

1/31/03

Symphony Creates New Community Music Partnerships
to Deepen Statewide Music Education Impact:
First Community Music Partnership to Span Four Months in Klamath Falls

Portland, Ore. … In an effort to deepen its service in providing music education opportunities for Oregonians of all ages, the Oregon Symphony will launch a Community Music Partnership with four months of programs in Klamath Falls, announced Director of Education and Community Programs Michael Kosmala today. Groups of Symphony musicians will travel to Klamath Falls monthly beginning in February to present concerts, demonstrations and music education events for people of all ages in partnership with The Ross Ragland Theater.

1/31/03

Guest Conductor Yakov Kreizberg Performs Mahler's 1st Symphony;
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski Makes Symphony Debut with Beethoven

Portland, Ore. … Guest Conductor Yakov Kreizberg makes his Oregon Symphony debut with Mahler's heroic Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan," in a concert that also features pianist Piotr Anderszewski making his Symphony debut performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major on March 1, 2 and 3 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

1/24/03

Symphony President Tony Woodcock Hosts Fortissimo's Listening Group Discussion
of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, "Titan"

Portland, Ore. … Tony Woodcock, president of the Oregon Symphony, hosts Fortissimo's third Listening Group discussion of the 2002-03 season on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Room in the Central Branch of the Multnomah County Library at 801 SW 10th Ave.

1/24/03

Kinderkonzerts Continues its Four-Part Tour of the Orchestra
with "Song Soup," an Exploration of Woodwind Instruments

Portland, Ore. … The Kinderkonzerts series, designed for kids in kindergarten through second grade, continues its tour of the orchestra's families of instruments with a visit to the woodwind section in "Song Soup," presented by the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Programs Department.

1/24/03

Guest Conductor Pavel Kogan Returns to Oregon
to Conduct "Pictures at an Exhibition";
Pianist Max Levinson Launches Beethoven Cycle

Portland, Ore. … Guest Conductor Pavel Kogan returns to conduct the Oregon Symphony in Mussorgsky's popular "Pictures at an Exhibition" in a concert that also features pianist Max Levinson performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major on Feb. 22, 23 and 24 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

1/24/03

Bassoon Brothers to Perform Humorous Unconventional Music
at Chamber Music on Tap Concert

Portland, Ore. … The Bassoon Brothers return to Chamber Music on Tap to perform music from their CD recordings, as well as favorites from past performances, in what's expected to be another sold-out concert on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at BridgePort BrewPub.

1/24/03

Miss America 2002 Katie Harman Sings Romantic Favorites
in Special Valentine's Day Concert

Portland, Ore.…Spend Valentine's Day with your sweetie and Miss America 2002, Oregon's own Katie Harman, as she performs in a Valentine's Day concert with the Oregon Symphony led by Associate Conductor Norman Leyden on Friday, February 14, in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

1/17/03

'The Thick and Thin of It' Youth Concert
For Kids in 6th-8th Grades Explores Concepts of Texture

Portland, Ore. … Sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders from the Portland metro area are invited to learn about the concept of texture in music, as the Oregon Symphony, led by Portland Youth Philharmonic Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, presents the second Youth Concert of the season, "The Thick and Thin of It," which features music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Tchaikovsky and others on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

1/10/03

Murry Sidlin's "Le Jazz Hot" to Explore Influence of American Jazz on Classical Music
in Second Nerve Endings Concert

Portland, Ore. … Guest Conductor Murry Sidlin will explore how the innovative sounds of American Jazz influenced and excited 20th century European composers in the Oregon Symphony's second Nerve Endings concert of the 2002-2003 season, "Le Jazz Hot," on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:30pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

1/10/03

Martial Arts Ballet "Voice of the Dragon" Makes Oregon Debut
Portland, Ore. … "Voice of the Dragon: Once Upon a Time in Chinese America," a spectacular martial arts ballet and epic musical tale of religion, tradition, betrayal and triumph by Chinese-American composer Fred Ho, is presented by the Oregon Symphony in a special performance on Monday, February 10 in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

1/10/03

"Symphony Sundays" Series Features Oboist Karen Wagner
and Music of Telemann, Stravinsky, Strauss and Haydn

Portland, Ore. … Four centuries of favorite symphonic works from Europe are featured in an Oregon Symphony concert led by Associate Conductor Norman Leyden, which also features oboist Karen Wagner making her Symphony solo debut with Telemann's Oboe Concerto in E minor on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 2002

12/20/02

Fortissimo's Listening Group Meets
to Discuss Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"

Portland, Ore. … Fortissimo, the Oregon Symphony's young professional volunteer organization, hosts the second Listening Group discussion of the 2002-03 season on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Room in the Central Branch of the Multnomah County Library at 801 SW 10th Ave.

12/20/02

Guest Conductor Paolo Carignani Makes Oregon Debut
With Beethoven's 8th Symphony;
Symphony Musicians Peter Frajola and Joël Belgique Perform Mozart

Portland, Ore. … Guest Conductor Paolo Carignani makes his first appearance with the Oregon Symphony conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, in a concert that also features Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with soloists Assistant Concertmaster Peter Frajola, and Principal Violist Joël Belgique on Feb. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

12/20/02

DePreist Conducts, Records Postponed Performance of Shostakovich;
Baritone Nathan Gunn Sings Mahler

Portland, Ore. … Music Director and Conductor James DePreist leads the Oregon Symphony in a performance of Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 11, rescheduled from last winter, in a concert that also will feature baritone Nathan Gunn singing Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” on Jan. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on Jan. 21 at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium in Salem.

12/20/02

3 Leg Torso Returns to Chamber Music on Tap
For an Evening of Folk-Influenced Classical Music

Portland, Ore. … 3 Leg Torso, the eclectic chamber ensemble that combines eastern European folk music and Latin rhythms with classical overtones returns to the Chamber Music on Tap series on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room at BridgePort BrewPub.

12/13/02

Norman Leyden Leads Symphony in Bank of America Pops Concert
Featuring Music of Henry Mancini and Lyrics of Johnny Mercer

Portland, Ore. … Henry Mancini’s music and Johnny Mercer’s lyrics share top billing as Associate Conductor Norman Leyden leads the Oregon Symphony, the Leyden Singers and guest vocalist Judy McLane in a Bank of America Pops concert on Jan. 11, 12 and 13 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Jan. 14 at Salem’s Smith Auditorium.

12/13/02

James DePreist to Conduct Tchaikovsky's Pathétique Symphony;
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson Performs New Piano Concerto

Portland, Ore. … Old and new share the spotlight as Music Director James DePreist conducts the Oregon Symphony in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “Pathétique” and Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” in a concert that also features pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing a newly-commissioned piano concerto by American composer Michael Hersch on Jan. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

12/13/02

Education Workshop to Aid Middle School Teachers
with Integrating Music with Classroom Activities

Portland, Ore. … A workshop designed to provide middle school teachers with the skills, confidence and content that will enable them to incorporate music into their daily classroom activities will be presented by the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Programs department on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Reed College in the Vollum College Center. The workshop is free of charge and requires no prior musical training or familiarity.

12/13/02

Symphony Announces Election of New Board Members, Officers
Portland, Ore. … Several prominent business and community leaders have recently been elected to the Oregon Symphony Board of Directors, representing an incredible level of civic commitment to the future prosperity of the orchestra, said Laurie Bloch, Chair of the Board of Directors Governance Committee. In addition, two members of the orchestra were appointed to the board as full voting members for the first time in Symphony’s 107-year history, she said.

12/6/02

Oregon Symphony Docent Program Continues to Expand;
Community Recruits Wanted

Portland, Ore. … Volunteers from around the community with a love for music and children are being recruited and trained by the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Programs Department to make classroom visits which will prepare sixth through eighth graders for upcoming Symphony Youth Concert experiences. A free docent training session is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, at which docents will learn about "The Thick and Thin of It," the second Youth Concert of the season.

November 2002

11/22/02

Third Performance Added For "Gospel Christmas"
to Feature The Brown Sisters

Portland, Ore. … Guest conductor Charles Floyd, the Northwest Community Gospel Chorus and the Oregon Symphony present “Gospel Christmas,” three concerts that will bring audiences to their feet with expressive, soul-stirring Christmas music rendered in classic Gospel style on Dec. 20 and 21 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

11/22/02

Kids Holiday Concert Features New Paddington Bear Adventures
Portland, Ore. … Kids and adults alike can experience the joy of a classic Paddington Bear story set to music as Conducting Assistant Jonathan Pasternack leads the Oregon Symphony in a special Kids Holiday Concert, “Paddington Bear’s First Christmas Concert,” on Sunday, December 22 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

11/19/02

Oregon Symphony/Self-Enhancement Partnership
Receives Start-Up Funding From
PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning

Portland, Ore. … PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning announced a $10,000 gift to forge a partnership between the Oregon Symphony and Self-Enhancement, Inc. (SEI). The donation will be directed toward music programs that enrich the lives of Portland’s inner city youth.

11/15/02

Bank of America Pops Yuletide Celebration Returns
by Popular Demand With More Holiday Fun For Families

Portland, Ore. … Come celebrate the holiday season Broadway-style with music, theater and dance as the Oregon Symphony welcomes back Yuletide Celebration, a Bank of America Pops family concert featuring symphonic holiday music paired with theatrical production numbers on Dec. 14 through 17 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Dec. 13 at Salem's Smith Auditorium.

11/15/02

CM2-Children's Museum and Oregon Symphony Mark
100th Birthday of the Teddy Bear

Portland, Ore. … CM2-Children's Museum and the Oregon Symphony team up to celebrate the 100th birthday of America's favorite bear with two special appearances by Symphony musicians and President Tony Woodcock on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Children's Museum.

11/8/02

Music Director Designate Carlos Kalmar Leads Symphony
in Music of Schumann, Strauss and Barber

Portland, Ore. … Carlos Kalmar makes his first Oregon Symphony Classical Concert appearance since being named Music Director Designate conducting Schumann's Symphony No. 1, "Spring," and Richard Strauss' "Death and Transfiguration" on Dec. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This concert series also features German cellist Alban Gerhardt, who makes his Symphony debut with Samuel Barber's Cello Concerto.

11/2/02

Carlos Kalmar to Make First Appearance as Music Director Designate
To Conduct Annual "Best of the Baroque" Concert
Featuring Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo

Portland, Ore. … Music Director Designate Carlos Kalmar makes his much-anticipated return to Portland to conduct the Oregon Symphony's annual "Best of the Baroque" concert, featuring Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks" and selections from "Messiah" on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 2002

10/31/02

Kinderkonzerts Continues its Tour of the Orchestra
with an Exploration of Percussion Instruments

Portland, Ore. … The Kinderkonzerts series, designed for kids in kindergarten through second grade, continues its tour of the orchestra's families of instruments with a visit to the percussion section in "Oh! The Sounds We Make," presented by the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Programs Department.

10/28/02

James DePreist Conducts Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony;
Principal Cellist Nancy Ives Makes Solo Debut

Portland, Ore. … Music Director James DePreist and the Oregon Symphony perform Rachmaninoff's much-loved Symphony No. 2 in an all-Russian concert that also marks the solo debut of Principal Cellist Nancy Ives, who plays Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto No. 2 on Nov. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

10/27/02

Fiddler and Composer Mark O'Connor Pays Tribute
To Jazz Great Stephane Grappelli

Portland, Ore. … Violinist Mark O'Connor, known for his eclectic virtuosity and versatility, recreates 1930s Paris and its "Hot Club" jazz in a tribute to his mentor, the late French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, in a special performance presented by the Oregon Symphony on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

10/18/02

Third Angle Returns to Chamber Music on Tap
With an Evening of Contemporary Music

Portland, Ore. … Third Angle, the Northwest's premier new music chamber ensemble, returns to the Oregon Symphony's Chamber Music on Tap series with music by noted 21st century composers Aaron Jay Kernis, Jon Deak and Steve Reich on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room at BridgePort BrewPub.

10/18/02

Murry Sidlin's "Shadow and Voices: Tchaikovky's Last Days"
To Open Nerve Endings Series

Portland, Ore. … Tchaikovsky's poignant Sixth Symphony will be the focal point for Guest Conductor Murry Sidlin in the Oregon Symphony's first Nerve Endings Concert of the 2002-2003 James DePreist Tribute Season, "Shadows and Voices: Tchaikovsky's Last Days," on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

10/11/02

Christopher Parkening Performs Rodrigo;
Guest Conductor Michael Stern Makes Symphony Debut
With Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 and U.S. Premiere

Portland, Ore. … Guitarist Christopher Parkening brings his incomparable phrasing and virtuosity back to Portland with a performance of the well-known "Fantasía para un Gentilhombre" by Joaquín Rodrigo, along with Guest Conductor Michael Stern, who makes his Oregon Symphony debut conducting Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 and the U.S. premiere of Austrian composer Herbert Willi's "Encounter for Orchestra" Nov. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

10/4/02

Multnomah County Library Partners with Oregon Symphony Musicians
Portland, Ore. … Storytimes with live musical accompaniment by Oregon Symphony musicians will begin at Multnomah County Library branches in November, as a result of a new partnership between the Library and the Symphony's Education and Community Programs department.

10/4/02

Legendary Performer Lou Rawls
Headlines Bank of America Pops Concert
with Three Nights of Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Soul Hits

Portland, Ore. Lou Rawls brings his unique and unmistakable voice, called by one critic "sweet as sugar, soft as velvet," to Portland as he performs the songs that made him famous, including "You'll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine)" and "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" in four Oregon Symphony Bank of America Pops concerts Nov. 2 and 4 at 8 p.m., with two Sunday performances Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. An additional performance will be held Nov. 5 in Salem at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium.

September 2002

9/27/02

Friends of the Oregon Symphony Present the American Girl Fashion Show®
New Program Features Styles Past and Present for American Girls and Their Dolls
And Introducing Kaya, a Nez Perce First American Girl

Portland, Ore. … The Friends of the Oregon Symphony invite girls and their mothers, grandmothers and other relatives and friends to celebrate the spirit of American girlhood at the American Girl Fashion Show® on Nov. 2 at 10am, 1 pm, and 4 pm, and Nov. 3 at 1pm and 4 pm. Featuring a fresh, updated look, the all-new program showcases the styles of girls yesterday and today — with historical and contemporary fashions from American Girl, as well as adorable Bitty Baby and Angelina Ballerina outfits for younger girls.

9/27/02

'Upbeat, Downbeats!' Youth Concert
For Kids in 3rd - 5th Grades Explores Concepts of Rhythm

Portland, Ore. … Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from the Portland metro area will learn about the essential elements of rhythm as the Oregon Symphony, led by Conducting Assistant Jonathan Pasternack, presents the first Youth Concert of the season, "Upbeat, Downbeats!" on Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

9/23/02

Cellist Tim Scott Hosts Revamped Listening Group Discussion
in a New Partnership with Central Library
to Present Informative Discussions of Upcoming Symphony Concerts

Portland, Ore. … Cellist Tim Scott leads Fortissimo's first expanded Listening Group discussion of the 2002 season, in a partnership between the Multnomah County Central Library and the Oregon Symphony, on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Room in the Central Branch at 801 SW 10th Ave.

9/23/02

Joshua Bell Returns to Oregon SymphonyJ
in All-French Program Conducted by James DePreist
Featuring Ravel's Classic “Bolero”

Portland, Ore. … Music Director and Conductor James DePreist will conduct an evening of all-French music in an Oregon Symphony Classical Bravo concert featuring the brilliant violin virtuoso Joshua Bell performing Ravel's "Tzigane" and Chausson's "Poème" on Oct. 19th and 20th at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

9/23/02

Kinderkonzert Season Kicks Off with “Opposites,” a Tour of the String Section
Portland, Ore. … Following the resounding success of last year's pilot program, the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Programs Department has expanded its series of KinderKonzerts for kids in kindergarten through second grade. This year's series will host 36 separate performances (up from two last year) featuring selected members of the Oregon Symphony, who will introduce kids to the various instrument families in a cycle of four different concerts, each focusing on a different section of the orchestra. The first set of 30-minute concerts, "Opposites", which explores the contrasts in the string section, will take place at three Portland-area elementary schools on Oct. 23rd, 24th and 25th.

9/23/02

Chamber Music on Tap and the Rio Nights Ensemble
Rock the BridgePort Brewpub with an Evening of Samba Music

Portland, Ore. … Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to pound the floor as Chamber Music on Tap, Oregon Symphony's popular chamber music series featuring four-star music in a beer and pizza setting, presents the Rio Nights Ensemble, led by Symphony percussionist Chris Perry, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room at BridgePort BrewPub.

9/12/02

Bank of America Pops Opens with "The Music Man"
in Honor of Meredith Willson's 100th Anniversary;
David Douglas High School Marching Band Featured

Portland, Ore. … Continuing a successful run of semi-staged Broadway musicals, the Oregon Symphony and Associate Conductor Norman Leyden open the Bank of America Pops season with Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," marking the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth, on Oct. 12 through 14 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

9/5/02

Creativity Workshop Designed to Promote Musician Involvement
in Presenting Non-Traditional Music Events

Portland, Ore. … Symphony musicians interested in exploring all aspects of presenting non-traditional music events will gather with nationally know arts educator Eric Booth for a Creativity Workshop on Friday, Sept. 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reed College's Vollum Lounge. The workshop will explore the creative process in designing concerts and music events in non-traditional formats and environments. It also will address all facets of concert production, including funding, promoting and presenting concert events.

9/5/02

Friends of the Oregon Symphony Present “Symphony of Fashion”
Portland, OR … The Friends of the Oregon Symphony present “Symphony of Fashion,” a fashion show and luncheon Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at the Waterfront Marriott, 1401 Naito Parkway in Portland. Julie Emery, Portland television news anchor, will emcee the event. A highlight of the show will be a special appearance by Katie Harman, 2002 Miss America, singing “God Bless America” and Puccini's “O Mio Babbino Caro.

9/4/02

"Tango vs. Samba: The Cultural Contrasts of South America"
Showcases Traditional Latin-American Dance Music

Portland, Ore. … Audiences are invited to experience Argentina and Brazil without a passport in an interactive non-traditional free concert presented by the Oregon Symphony, which showcases two very different national dances of South America on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. "Tango vs. Samba: The Cultural Contrasts of South America" is a cultural immersion into tango and samba, the national dances of Argentina and Brazil and features music of Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Jobim and Pixinguinha, as well as dance lessons, special foods from both countries, and costume and instrument displays and demonstrations.

9/2/02

Renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band Returns to Portland
with an Evening of Toe-Tapping Jazz Classics

Portland, Ore. … After a long absence, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band swings back into Portland with a concert of New Orleans-style jazz presented by the Oregon Symphony on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Oregon Symphony does not perform. Media support provided by KINKfm102.

9/1/02

Canadian Violinist Karen Gomyo Makes Oregon Symphony Debut
Portland, Ore. … Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo headlines the second Oregon Symphony Classical Concert as she performs Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, with Associate Conductor Norman Leyden on Oct. 5 through 7 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

August 2002

8/30/02

Magic Circle Mime Company's “The Listener” Opens Kids Concerts
Portland, Ore. … Magic Circle Mime Co. teams up with the Oregon Symphony to open the 2002-2003 Kids Concert season with "The Listener," an original production which gives both kids and parents a new, fun-filled way to listen to music, on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

8/30/02

Chamber Music on Tap Serves Up Sixth Season
with Opening Concert by the Ethos String Quartet

Portland, Ore. … Chamber Music on Tap, the popular Oregon Symphony chamber music series that presents four-star music in a brew pub setting, opens its sixth season with the Ethos String Quartet on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room at BridgePort BrewPub. Chamber Music on Tap, sponsored by BridgePort Brewing Company, is presented by Fortissimo, the Symphony's young professional volunteer organization. The BridgePort BrewPub is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall.

8/21/02

Workshop to Aid Non-Music Teachers
in Integrating Music with Classroom Activities

Portland, Ore. … A workshop designed to provide non-music elementary school teachers with the skills, confidence and content that will enable them to include music into their daily classroom activities will be presented by the Oregon Symphony on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The workshop is free of charge and requires no prior musical training or familiarity.

8/20/02

"Symphony Sundays" Series Opens
with American Music Featuring Violinist Ronald Blessinger

Portland, Ore. … Music Director and Conductor James DePriest and the Oregon Symphony open the ever-popular "Symphony Sundays" series with a concert that features Symphony violinist Ronald Blessinger performing Aaron Jay Kernis' "Air for Violin and Orchestra" at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m.

8/19/02

Oregon Symphony Kicks Off Year-Long Tribute
to James DePreist with Return of Violinist Leila Josefowicz
and Live Concert Recording of Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Portland, Ore. …The opening Classical Concert of the Oregon Symphony's 2002-2003 James DePreist Tribute Season will feature the return of acclaimed young violinist Leila Josefowicz, performing Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D major," Sept. 21 through 23 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Josefowicz made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Tchaikovsky concerto in 1994 at the age of 16.

8/11/02

Free Memorial Concert to Mark Anniversary of Terrorist Attacks;
Music to be Piped into Park Blocks

Portland Ore. … Music Director and Conductor James DePreist and the Oregon Symphony will perform a free Memorial Concert to mark the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The concert is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall; outdoor speakers will broadcast the concert into the South Park Blocks.

8/11/02

Cellist Tim Scott Collaborates with Visual Artists to Explore
“The Look of Music / The Sound of Art” at the Portland Art Museum

Portland, Ore. … How does an artist respond to music? How is the musician inspired by art? Can music and painting together create great art? Portland artists will explore these questions with Oregon Symphony cellist Tim Scott in a live collaborative performance at the Portland Art Museum's Whitsell Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

8/11/02

Georgian State Dance Company to Make Portland Debut
Portland Ore. … Known for their strength, agility and love of homeland, the Georgian State Dance Company will make their first Portland performance in an Oregon Symphony presentation on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Oregon Symphony orchestra does not perform.

8/6/02

“Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods” Visits Portland's Pier, Glenhaven Parks for Free Concerts, Afternoon Festivals; Series Culminates at Tom McCall Waterfront Park with Kickoff of James DePreist Tribute Season
Portland, Ore. … Portland's neighborhood parks will again be the summertime stage for "Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods," an annual series of free Symphony concerts and community events that will begin in North Portland's Pier Park on Sunday, Aug. 18, continue at northeast Portland's Glenhaven Park on Sunday, Aug. 25, and culminate at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Thursday, Aug. 29, with the kickoff of the James DePreist Tribute Season.

8/5/02

Friends of the Oregon Symphony Present a Prelude Party: “Tea in the Garden”
Portland, OR … The Friends of the Oregon Symphony invites prospective new members to an afternoon of music in the garden, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Winners of the 2002 Corbett Young Artists Competition, an annual youth music contest featuring participants from the 9th through 12th grades, will perform.

June 2002

6/19/02

Young Artists Competition Attracts New Levels of Talent, Beaverton Pianist David Kim Places First
Portland, Ore. … Beaverton ninth-grader David Kim placed first among a pool of 22 award-winning entrants in the Oregon Symphony's 29th annual Corbett Competition with his performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 on Sunday, June 9, at Portland State University.

6/4/02

Corbett Competition Winner Sydnie Yao Reed to Perform in Donor Appreciation Concert Conducted by James DePreist
Portland, Ore. … Sixteen-year-old violinist Sydnie Yao Reed, a junior at South Eugene High School awarded with an appearance with the Oregon Symphony after winning the 2001 Corbett Competition, will perform in the Evelyn Nagel Donor Appreciation Concert, conducted by Music Director James DePreist Monday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

6/4/02

Free Outdoor Concerts Scheduled at Portland Area Parks as Part of Annual "Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods" Project Presented by the City and the Regional Arts and Culture Council
Portland, Ore. … Portland's Pier and Glenhaven Parks will be the summer setting for two Oregon Symphony concerts during the seventh annual "Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods," a city-funded neighborhood revitalization project established in collaboration with the city of Portland and the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) to bring music "to the people."

 

 

 


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