Oregon Symphony

 

News & Features

Oregon Symphony News Releases

May 2005

May 13, 2005

Annual Donor Appreciation Concert to feature Portland Youth Philharmonic side-by-side performance and announcement of Music Educator Appreciation Award
Portland, Ore. … Principal players of the Portland Youth Philharmonic will sit first chair in a side-by-side performance with the Oregon Symphony for the annual Evelyn Nagel Donor Appreciation Concert (ENDAC) on Friday, May 27, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

April 2005

April 29, 2005

Oregon Public Broadcasting to air repeat performance of "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin"
Portland, Ore. … PBS and Oregon Public Broadcasting will rebroadcast the Oregon Symphony's ground-breaking "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin" on Thursday, May 5, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. This innovative performance combines the forces of the Symphony, Portland Opera Chorus, local actors and former Resident Conductor Murry Sidlin, who conceived, wrote and conducted the performance to honor Raphael Schächter, a choral conductor from Prague who organized and lead 16 performances of Verdi's "Requiem" while interred at the Nazi concentration camp in Terezin during World War II.

April 25, 2005

OPB Radio Broadcasts Oregon Symphony Concert; Carlos Kalmar conducts Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 "Elvira Madigan"
Portland, Ore. … Oregon Public Broadcasting Radio will present Oregon Symphony performances of Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, from a November concert conducted by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, on Friday, May 6, from 9-11 p.m. This broadcast is the fifth in a series of classical Oregon Symphony concerts on OPB Radio the first Friday of each month through October 2005.

April 22, 2005

Symphony concludes 2004-05 season with Mahler's Symphony No. 5
Portland, Ore. … Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 5 will be the featured work as Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony present the final Classical Concert of the 2004-05 season on May 21, 22 and 23 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

April 22, 2005

Symphony commemorates 200th anniversary of Lewis & Clark expedition with world premiere of Kevin Walcyzk's "Corps of Discovery"; concert also features music of Mendelssohn, Barber and Debussy
Portland, Ore. … Discover uncharted territories with the Oregon Symphony as Music Director Carlos Kalmar conducts the world premiere of Kevin Walczyk's symphony "Corps of Discovery," which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition on May 14, 15 and 16 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This concert also features the Symphony premiere of Mendelssohn's "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage" and Barber's Piano Concerto with pianist Peter Donohoe, as well as Debussy's "La Mer."

April 12, 2005

Students, community members to join orchestra for North Bend concert to celebrate two-year partnership
Portland, Ore. … Community leaders playing toy instruments and students performing side-by-side with Oregon Symphony musicians will highlight a Symphony concert to celebrate a two-year Community Music Partnership (CMP) with the North Bend School District 13 and the Oregon Coast Music Association on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Bend High School gymnasium.

April 8, 2005

Legendary comedian Lily Tomlin comes to Portland for a one-woman show
Portland, Ore. … The incomparable Lily Tomlin brings many of her classic characters to life in a one-woman show, “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin,” presented by the Oregon Symphony in a Special Event concert on Saturday, April 30, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Oregon Symphony does not perform.

March 2005

March 25, 2005

Symphony's Community Music Partnership program calls for applications for 2005-07
Portland, Ore. … Applications for the 2005-2007 Community Music Partnership (CMP) are currently being accepted by the Oregon Symphony. Any community that is located east of the Cascades and has a population of 30,000 or less is eligible to apply to be the 2005-2007 partnership community. The deadline for all applications is Friday, April 29, 2005.

March 25, 2005

Musical versions of "Romeo and Juliet" are featured in a youth concert for middle and high school students
Portland, Ore. … Shakespeare's classic tragedy of star-crossed young love is portrayed in four different musical retellings as Assistant Conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the Oregon Symphony in "Romeo and Juliet." The second Youth Concert of the season, "Romeo & Juliet" is designed for sixth through twelfth graders and will be performed on Thursday, April 28 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Tuesday, April 26 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

March 25, 2005

Trio Voronezh presents Russian folk music with a symphonic twist to conclude 2004-05 Pops Season
Portland, Ore. … An eclectic assortment of music, from Vivaldi to Gershwin, along with traditional Russian folk music, will be performed on Russian folk instruments by the innovative Trio Voronezh, who team up with the Oregon Symphony Pops on April 23, 24 and 25 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

March 18, 2005

Symphony celebrates with music of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Peter Maxwell Davies' "Orkney Wedding"
Portland, Ore. … Rowdy weddings and elegant aristocratic parties are captured in music as Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony perform Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony and Peter Maxwell Davies' "Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise" on April 16, 17 and 18 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on April 19 at Salem's Smith Auditorium.

March 18, 2005

Kinderkonzerts children's concert series concludes with "Juice-Box Jammin'"
Portland, Ore. … Kinderkonzerts, the popular ensemble-based concert series which provides an interactive first Oregon Symphony experience for children in kindergarten through second grade, concludes its cycle of four concerts with "Juice Box Jammin'," an exploration of the percussion section on April 4, 5 and 6 at three Portland-area elementary schools.

March 11, 2005

Oregon Symphony Docent Program recruits community volunteers from Portland and Salem
Portland, Ore. … Volunteers from around the community with a love for music and children will be trained by the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Engagement staff on Saturday, April 9 to assist in preparing sixth through twelfth graders for an upcoming Symphony Youth Concert. The free docent training session will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at a location to be determined.

March 11, 2005

Take a musical trip to Europe this spring with the Oregon Symphony's special ticket packages featuring music of Beethoven, Mozart and Debussy
Portland, Ore. … Two subscription ticket packages that take listeners on a spring European tour are now available to the general public from the Oregon Symphony, featuring music from Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom and France."

March 11, 2005

Young professionals 'Celebrate' third 'Soirée!' event with Scottish theme party
Portland, Ore. … A Scottish theme party with Music Director Carlos Kalmar, Oregon Symphony musicians and live bagpipes will highlight the third event hosted by Soirée, the Symphony's new young professionals group, on Saturday, April 16 at a Classical concert featuring Peter Maxwell Davies' "An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise."

March 11, 2005

Symphony performs Beethoven's groundbreaking Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"
Portland, Ore. … Beethoven's landmark Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," is presented by Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony in a concert that also features the Symphony debut of charismatic percussionist Colin Currie playing more than 20 different instruments in Joseph Schwantner's Percussion Concerto on April 9, 10 and 11 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

March 4, 2005

Final Sundays at Two concert highlights works inspired by other composers; Principal Viola Joël Belgique performs Telemann Viola Concerto
Portland, Ore. … Composers who drew their inspiration from the music of other composers are featured as guest conductor Tania Miller leads the Oregon Symphony in a Sundays at Two concert performing music of Hindemith, Henze and Telemann with Principal Viola Joël Belgique on Sunday, April 3.

March 4, 2005

OPB Radio Broadcasts Oregon Symphony Concert; Carlos Kalmar conducts Vaughan Williams' "London Symphony" and Elgar's Cello Concerto
Portland, Ore. … Oregon Public Broadcasting presents "Old London Town," an Oregon Symphony Classical concert with Music Director Carlos Kalmar leading the Symphony in music of Vaughan Williams and Elgar on Friday, April 1, from 9 to 11 p.m.

March 4, 2005

Woodwind and Strings Chamber Concert highlights March Community Music Partnership events in Coos County
Portland, Ore. … Musicians from the Oregon Symphony's woodwind and string sections will present a chamber music concert on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Coos Bay's Emmanuel Episcopal Church as part of the Symphony's ongoing Community Music Partnership (CMP) with the North Bend School District 13 and the Oregon Coast Music Association.

February 2005

February 25, 2005

MEDIA ADVISORY: Music's role in healing tsunami survivors symbolized by Indonesian drum from Banda Aceh
Exactly two months after the Dec. 26 Asian tsunami disaster, a drum symbolizing the central role music can play in the healing process of a shattered community will be gifted to the Oregon Symphony and the people of Oregon as a thank you for their role in Mercy Corps' relief effort. The people of Banda Aceh, Indonesia's hardest hit city, asked Portland-based Mercy Corps to present the traditional Acehnese drum to Music Director Carlos Kalmar at a Saturday, Feb. 26, Symphony concert dedicated to tsunami victims and survivors.

February 25, 2005

Multnomah County Library and Oregon Symphony musicians conclude Musical Storytimes for kids in March at Hillsdale Branch
Portland, Ore. … The final 2004-05 Symphony Storytimes programs with live musical accompaniment by Oregon Symphony musicians will be held at Multnomah County Library branches in March through the ongoing partnership between the Library and the Symphony's department of Education and Community Engagement. Symphony musicians will collaborate with Youth Services Librarians Lisa Martin and Erica Moore to present fun-filled music-related stories at the Hillsdale Library on Wednesday, March 2, 9, 16 and 30 at 4 p.m.

February 25, 2005

OPB Radio Broadcasts Oregon Symphony Concert; James DePreist Conducts "The Pines of Rome"
Laureate Music Director James DePreist conducts the Oregon Symphony in the performance of one of his signature pieces, Respighi's "The Pines of Rome." The piece is paired with Respighi's "The Birds" and Barber's "Violin Concerto" featuring violinist Elmar Oliveira. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Radio on Friday, March 4 from 9-11pm. The broadcast is the third a series of classical Oregon Symphony concerts airing on OPB Radio the first Friday in each month through October.

February 18, 2005

Symphony Pops presents Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers with her band Immigrant Soul
Portland, Ore. … Eileen Ivers, the Celtic fiddle sensation and musical star of the original Dublin production of Riverdance, will perform Celtic-inspired world music with her band Immigrant Soul in a Pops concert presented by the Oregon Symphony on March 19, 20 and 21 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on March 22 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

February 11, 2005

Guest conductor Michael Christie and Symphony present "Musical Personalities" featuring music of Copland, Hindemith and Sibelius
Portland, Ore. … American outlaw Billy the Kid and Reformation-era painter Mathis Grünewald are portrayed in music of Copland and Hindemith as guest conductor Michael Christie leads the Oregon Symphony on March 12, 13 and 14 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

February 11, 2005

Young professionals invited to second 'Soirée!' event
Portland, Ore. … A pre-concert discussion of the story behind Brahms' "Requiem" and a post-concert party with Music Director Carlos Kalmar and Oregon Symphony musicians will be the featured activities at the second event hosted by Soirée, the Symphony's new young professionals group, on Saturday, Feb. 26 at a Classical concert featuring Brahms' "German Requiem."

February 11, 2005

Collaborative residencies and chamber music concerts continue in Coos County as part of 2004-06 Community Music Partnership
Portland, Ore. … Musicians from the Oregon Symphony continue a monthly series of chamber music concerts and school residencies on Feb. 15 and 16 in Coos County, Ore., as part of the Symphony's two-year-long Community Music Partnership (CMP) with the North Bend School District 13 and the Oregon Coast Music Association.

February 4, 2005

Brahms' Requiem to be dedicated to tsunami survivors; Mercy Corps joins Symphony to thank Oregonians for leadership role in relief efforts
Portland, Ore. … Exactly two months after the Dec. 26 Asian tsunami disaster, the Oregon Symphony will partner with Portland-based Mercy Corps to dedicate performances of Brahms' Requiem to tsunami survivors and victims, Symphony President William Ryberg announced today.

February 4, 2005

Magic Circle Mime returns with aliens who visit planet Earth in Kids Concert "Orchestra X From Outer Space"
Portland, Ore. … Curious aliens from outer space visit Earth and try to take over the orchestra as Magic Circle Mime Company joins Assistant Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the Oregon Symphony to present "Orchestra X from Outer Space," the third Kids Concert on Sunday, March 6, at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

February 4, 2005

Symphony announces 2005-2006 Season featuring expanded Classical Series schedule including full-length Sunday matinee concerts, a 'Month of Mozart' collaboration, Pops performances by Roberta Flack and The Mambo Kings, Kalmar's debut appearance on Sundays at Two, a special performance by Martin Short and film music from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Kids Concerts featuring local young musicians, exciting guest soloists and unique special events

February 4, 2005

Kalmar announces 2005-2006 Classical Series: John Adams' Pulitzer-prize winning 9/11 tribute, Mahler 7 to see Symphony debuts; expanded Classical Series to introduce full-length Sunday afternoon concerts; a 'Month of Mozart" collaboration featuring his "Requiem" and exciting guest artists & conductors

February 4, 2005

Roberta Flack, The Mambo Kings, Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti, Stars of Doo-Wop, Rock and Soul and Tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to highlight Symphony's 2005-2006 Pops Series

February 4, 2005

Symphony announces 2005-2006 Kids concert series: Magic Circle Mime's "The Mozart Experience;" Tales & Scales' "Just Beyond the Junkyard" and "Creative Kids" featuring young Oregon performers and composers

February 4, 2005

2005-2006 Front Row Center Series explores connections between music and literature from fairy tales to Romeo and Juliet

February 4, 2005

Carlos Kalmar makes first appearance on Sundays at Two Series; 2005-2006 Season also features Symphony soloists and highlights from Classical evening concerts

February 4, 2005

Martin Short and "The Lord of the Rings" highlight Symphony's 2005-2006 Special Events

January 2005

January 28, 2005

Symphony appoints Gregory Vajda Resident Conductor; one-year post heralds search for new staff conductor
Portland, Ore. … Gregory Vajda, the assistant conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony who was recently called a "young titan" in the Montreal Gazette, has been appointed to a one-year appointment as interim Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony, President William Ryberg announced today. Vajda will serve as Resident Conductor for the 2005-2006 season while a search is conducted for a new staff conductor, Ryberg said.

January 28, 2005

Carlos Kalmar leads Symphony and Portland Symphonic Choir in Brahms' "German Requiem"
Portland, Ore. … The two-week Brahms festival concludes with Music Director Carlos Kalmar leading the Oregon Symphony and Portland Symphonic Choir in Brahms' "German Requiem" with soprano Erin Wall and baritone Richard Zeller on Feb. 26, 27 and 28 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

January 21, 2005

Carlos Kalmar opens Brahms Festival with Brahms' Symphony No. 2
Portland, Ore. … The two-week Brahms festival begins with Music Director Carlos Kalmar leading the Oregon Symphony in Brahms' Symphony No. 2 on a program that also features pianist Stephen Hough performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, "Elvira Madigan" on Feb. 19, 20 and 21 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

January 14, 2005

Collaboration results in two-week Brahms Festival
Portland, Ore. … Chamber Music Northwest, Reed College and the Oregon Symphony will collaborate to create a two-week festival celebrating the music and genius of Johannes Brahms from Feb. 18 to 28, 2005. The Brahms Festival will feature concerts, lectures and social opportunities, in addition to a broad array of musical and scholarly resources.

January 14, 2005

Symphony presents "An Evening of Romance," a Valentine's Day concert for lovers
Portland, Ore. … Unforgettable romantic music from Broadway, movies and the pop charts will be highlighted on the annual Valentine's Day "concert for lovers" presented by the Oregon Symphony on Feb. 12, 13 and 14 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Feb. 11 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

January 7, 2005

Multnomah County Library and Oregon Symphony musicians continue Musical Storytimes for kids in February at Midland Branch
Portland, Ore. … Symphony Storytimes featuring live musical accompaniment by Oregon Symphony musicians will continue at Multnomah County Library branches in February through the ongoing partnership between the Library and the Symphony's department of Education and Community Engagement. Symphony musicians will collaborate with Youth Services Librarian Barbara Gorter to present fun-filled music-related stories at the Midland Library on Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.

January 7, 2005

Guest conductor Yakov Kreizberg leads Symphony in Dvořák's Cello Concerto with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott
Portland, Ore. … Acclaimed Russian guest conductor Yakov Kreizberg continues his two-week residency with the Oregon Symphony as he leads the orchestra in Dvořák's Cello Concerto featuring the debut of cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, the youngest winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition's top prize, and music of Strauss and Hindemith on Feb. 5, 6 and 7 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

January 7, 2005

Leila Josefowicz performs John Adams' Violin Concerto; guest conductor Yakov Kreizberg returns to conduct Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5
Portland, Ore. … Violinist Leila Josefowicz, considered by composer John Adams to be the finest interpreter of his Violin Concerto, performs that exciting work in a concert that also features the return of acclaimed guest conductor Yakov Kreizberg leading the Oregon Symphony in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 on Jan. 29, 30 and 31 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

January 7, 2005

Kinderkonzerts children's community concert series continues with "Zany Zoo Tunes"
Portland, Ore. … Kinderkonzerts, the popular ensemble-based concert series which provides an interactive first Oregon Symphony experience for children in kindergarten through second grade, continues its cycle of four concerts with a zoological tour of the woodwind section on Jan. 24, 25 and 26 at three Portland-Metro area elementary schools.

January 7, 2005

Symphony begins collaborative residences and chamber music concerts in Coos County as part of 2004-06 Community Music Partnership
Portland, Ore. … Musicians from the Oregon Symphony will begin a monthly series of school residencies and chamber music concerts on Jan. 18, 19 and 20 in Coos County, Ore., as part of the Symphony's two-year-long Community Music Partnership (CMP) with the North Bend School District 13 and the Oregon Coast Music Association.

December 2004

December 27, 2004

OPB Radio Broadcasts Oregon Symphony Concerts
Portland, Ore. … The Oregon Symphony, conducted by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral" and The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Radio on Friday, January 7 from 9 to 11 p.m. The broadcast kicks off a series of classical Oregon Symphony concerts that will be aired on OPB Radio the first Friday in each month for the next 10 months.

December 20, 2004

Madcap Puppet Theatre's giant puppets perform tales of magic and wonder in "Fairy Tale Fantasies"
Portland, Ore. … Giant puppets tell classic fairy tales set to music as Madcap Puppet Theatre joins Assistant Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the Oregon Symphony for a unique Kids Concert on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 20, 2004

Multnomah County Library and Oregon Symphony musicians continue Musical Storytimes for kids, parents
Portland, Ore. … Symphony Storytimes programs with live musical accompaniment by Oregon Symphony musicians will continue at Multnomah County Library's North Portland branch in January due to an innovative ongoing partnership between the Library and the Symphony's department of Education and Community Engagement. The next series of Storytimes will feature weekly events at the North Portland Library on Tuesday afternoons, Jan. 11, 18 and 25, at 3:30 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 3:30 p.m.

December 17, 2004

Fab Four 'Return' to Portland! Stars of Beatlemania Present "Classical Mystery Tour"
Portland, Ore. … Fans of The Beatles can rekindle their love of this iconic rock band as Oregon Symphony Pops presents "Classical Mystery Tour," a Beatles' tribute concert featuring original members of the Broadway hit show "Beatlemania" performing with full orchestra on Jan. 22, 23 and 24 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Jan. 25 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

December 10, 2004

Guest conductor Emil de Cou leads Symphony in Front Row Center concert featuring music of Russian Revolution
Portland, Ore. … The political and social chaos of the 1917 Russian Revolution and its turbulent aftermath are explored through music of its leading composers Shostakovich and Prokofiev as guest conductor Emil de Cou leads the Oregon Symphony in a Front Row Center concert titled "Moscow Before and After" on Friday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 10, 2004

Guest conductor Christoph Campestrini leads Symphony in music of Beethoven, Barber and Mozart with Associate Principal Horn Joseph Berger
Portland, Ore. … Four masters of 18th, 19th and 20th century music are featured as internationally acclaimed guest conductor Christoph Campestrini leads the Oregon Symphony in a Sundays at Two concert performing music of Beethoven, Barber, Schubert and Mozart with Associate Principal Horn Joseph Berger on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005.

December 10, 2004

Superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman makes rare solo recital performance
Portland, Ore. … Violin icon Itzhak Perlman, known around the world for his exquisite musicality and the engaging warmth of his personality, makes a rare solo recital appearance in Portland for an Oregon Symphony Special Event concert on Wednesday, Jan. 5 in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

December 3, 2004

Principal Second Violinist Chien Tan releases ground-breaking classical music video featuring treble violin
Portland , Ore. … Chien Tan, Principal Second Violin of the Oregon Symphony, utilizes innovative approaches to performance in her self-produced music video "Vivaldi Goldfinch," which features Tan playing the treble violin, a high-tech new addition to the string family.

November 2004

November 19, 2004

Yuletide Celebration returns with dazzling holiday family entertainment
Portland, Ore. … Portland's newest holiday tradition for family entertainment, the Oregon Symphony's Broadway-style Yuletide Celebration, returns complete with tap-dancing Santas Dec. 17 through 20 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Dec. 21 at Smith Auditorium in Salem.

November 12, 2004

Baroque expert Bernard Labadie leads Symphony, Portland Symphonic Choir and guest soloists in Handel's "Messiah"
Portland, Ore. … Renowned Baroque specialist Bernard Labadie guest conducts the Oregon Symphony and Portland Symphonic Choir with guest soloists as they present Handel's "Messiah," in full on Dec. 11 and as highlights for a Sundays at Two concert on Dec.12 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

November 5, 2004

Charles Floyd conducts sixth annual "Gospel Christmas" featuring The Brown Sisters performing music from their debut CD
Portland, Ore. … "Gospel Christmas," holiday concerts that present well-known Christmas music performed in rousing gospel style returns with acclaimed conductor and composer Charles Floyd leading the Oregon Symphony, the Northwest Community Gospel Chorus and a special appearance by the Brown Sisters on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 2004

October 29, 2004

Classical crossover violinist Aaron Meyer to appear with Oregon Symphony
Portland, Ore. … Concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer and multi-instrumentalist Bill Lamb present an evening of classical crossover arrangements, original works and old favorites as they join the Oregon Symphony for a Special Event concert on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

October 29, 2004

Kinderkonzerts children's community concert series kicks off 2004-05 season with "A Twisted Tale," a humorous retelling of "Sleeping Beauty"
Portland, Ore. … Kinderkonzerts, the community concert series which provide an interactive first Oregon Symphony experience for children in kindergarten through second grade, begins its annual cycle of four concerts on Nov. 8, 9, and 10 at three Portland-area elementary schools.

October 27, 2004

Miller Foundation will match $6 million in new contributed dollars over three-year period
Portland, Ore. … The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation will match up to $6 million in new contributions to the Oregon Symphony over the next three years, Symphony President William Ryberg announced today.

October 22, 2004

Mei-Ann Chen kicks off Sundays at Two series with solo debut of new Symphony concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti
Portland, Ore. … Newly appointed concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti makes her Oregon Symphony solo debut with Saint-Saëns' fiery virtuoso work, "Introduction and Rondo capriccioso" as Assistant Conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the orchestra in "Dreams for the Daytime," the opening Sundays at Two concert of the 2004-05 season on Sunday, Nov. 28.

October 22, 2004

Guest conductor Michael Stern leads Symphony in Elgar's "Enigma Variations" and Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" with pianist Alexander Korsantia
Portland, Ore. … Fierce Cossacks, fiery violinists and an array of close friends are portrayed in "Musical Personalities," a Classical series concert that features Elgar's "Enigma Variations" and Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" with guest conductor Michael Stern leading the Oregon Symphony and pianist Alexander Korsantia on Nov. 20, 21 and 22 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 22, 2004

Young professionals launch 'Soirée!'
Portland, Ore. … Cocktails with President Bill Ryberg and a post-concert party with Music Director Carlos Kalmar will highlight the debut gathering for Soirée, the Oregon Symphony's new young professionals group, on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Front Row Center "Tales from the Vienna Ballroom" concert.

October 15, 2004

Multnomah County Library teams up with Oregon Symphony musicians to present third season of musical storytimes for kids
Portland, Ore. … Musical story times with Oregon Symphony musicians will begin at Multnomah County Library branches Wednesday afternoons in November, as a result of an ongoing partnership between the Library and the Symphony's department of Education and Community Engagement.

October 15, 2004

New board members elected; seven new leaders represent business, community
Portland, Ore. … Seven community and business leaders representing a broad range of experience and expertise are the newest members of the Oregon Symphony Association Board, Symphony President William Ryberg announced recently.

October 15, 2004

Friends of the Oregon Symphony host "A Night of Tango" benefit
Portland, Ore. … The sensuous sounds of tango are the featured music for a festive evening that includes dance performances and the chance to kick up your own heels, sponsored by Friends of the Oregon Symphony as a benefit for the Oregon Symphony on Friday, Nov. 19 at the newly decorated ballroom of the Governor Hotel.

October 15, 2004

Kids concert series launches 2004-05 season with Carlos Kalmar conducting children's classic "Peter and the Wolf"
Portland, Ore. … Music Director Carlos Kalmar makes his Kids Concert series debut as he and the Oregon Symphony present the beloved children's musical classic, "Peter and the Wolf," on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 15, 2004

Carlos Kalmar conducts first Front Row Center concert of 2004-05 season featuring music of Strauss family and dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre
Portland, Ore. … Dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre join the Oregon Symphony to illuminate the 19 th century controversy that surrounded the world's first "dirty dance," the waltz, as Music Director Carlos Kalmar leads the Symphony in a Front Row Center concert titled "Tales from the Vienna Ballroom" on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 8, 2004

Carlos Kalmar conducts music from "Old London Town," featuring Elgar's Cello Concerto with cellist Alban Gerhardt
Portland, Ore. … British composers pay homage to their country as Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony present an evening of music by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, featuring Elgar's Cello Concerto with cellist Alban Gerhardt on Nov. 6, 7 and 8 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Nov. 9 at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium in Salem.

October 8, 2004

Big Band music opens the Pops Series with guest conductor Jeff Tyzik and vocalist Shirley Nanette
Portland, Ore. … The classic sound of big band music is performed in a fresh new style with full orchestral treatment as guest conductor Jeff Tyzik and vocalist Shirley Nanette join the Oregon Symphony Pops for a celebration of big band music and swing dancing on Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

October 4, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY: Yakov Kasman jets cross-country to deliver amazing performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3
Russian pianist Yakov Kasman, who made his American debut winning the silver medal in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997, made his Portland debut Oct. 4 as the pinch hitter on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony.

October 4, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY: Van Cliburn medalist to replace Louis Lortie; Yakov Kasman to perform Rachmaninoff concert
Russian pianist Yakov Kasman, who made his American debut winning the silver medal in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997, will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony this evening, announced Symphony President William Ryberg today.

September 2004

September 25, 2004

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Symphony expand partnership to increase statewide reach and service
Portland, Ore. … Concerts performed by the Oregon Symphony will now be heard in Lakeview, Pendleton, Burns and many other communities in Oregon and Southwest Washington due to an expanded partnership between the Symphony and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Radio.

September 24, 2004

Youth Concert features weather-related music in "Storm Chasers" for elementary school students
Portland, Ore. … A dark and stormy night and a lazy sunny afternoon will be musically depicted as the Oregon Symphony, and Assistant Conductor Mei-Ann Chen explores how composers reflect weather in music at "Storm Chasers," the first Youth Concert of the season on Oct. 25 and 26 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Thursday, Oct. 28 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium in Salem.

September 17, 2004

James DePreist conducts "The Pines of Rome," Barber's Violin Concerto with Elmar Oliveira
Portland, Ore. … Laureate Music Director James DePreist makes his only scheduled appearance with the Oregon Symphony this season with one of his signature works, Respighi's "The Pines of Rome," paired with Respighi's "The Birds" and Barber's Violin Concerto featuring violinist Elmar Oliveira on Oct. 16, 17 and 18 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

September 13, 2004

Symphony announces North Bend site for 2004-2005 Community Music Partnership
Portland, Ore. … Musicians and educators from the Oregon Symphony will immerse themselves in Coos County throughout the 2004-2005 season as part of a Community Music Partnership (CMP) with the North Bend School District. The year-long partnership, the largest and most significant education program offered by the Symphony, pairs students and educators with the Symphony's extensive roster of musicians and staff to strengthen existing programs while integrating new arts programming into the curriculum.

September 10, 2004

Oregon Symphony Pops Series opens 2004-2005 season with salute to Broadway's leading ladies
Portland, Ore. … Broadway tunes made famous by female greats such as Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews and Judy Garland will be performed by some of today's hottest Broadway divas as guest conductor David Wiley joins the Oregon Symphony in the opening Pops concert of the 2004-05 season on Oct. 9, 10 and 11 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an added performance on Oct. 12 at Salem's Smith Auditorium.

September 10, 2004

Symphony hosts black tie fundraiser at Pioneer Courthouse Square
Portland, Ore. … Dance under the stars in Portland's living room at the Oregon Symphony's black tie gala celebrating the opening of the 2004-05 season on Oct. 2 in Pioneer Courthouse Square. "Symphony Under the Stars" begins at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-concert reception, followed by the opening performance of the Symphony's Classical B series, featuring Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 conducted by Music Director Carlos Kalmar with pianist Louis Lortie.

September 3, 2004

Carlos Kalmar leads symphony in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 3 featuring pianist Louis Lortie
Portland, Ore. … Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, popularized in the 1996 film "Shine," tops the bill in a concert showcasing music inspired by the human spirit during wartime as Music Director Carlos Kalmar conducts the Oregon Symphony with pianist Louis Lortie on Oct. 2, 3 and 4 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

August 2004

August 27, 2004

Carlos Kalmar and symphony launch classical season with Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"
Portland, Ore. … Music Director Carlos Kalmar opens his second season with the Oregon Symphony with two works that portray the beauty and power of the natural world, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" on Sept. 25, 26 and 27 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

August 20, 2004

Oregon Symphony Docent Program calls for community recruits
Portland , Ore. … Volunteers from around the community with a love for music and children will be trained by the Oregon Symphony Education and Community Engagement staff on Saturday, Oct. 2, to assist in preparing third through fifth graders for upcoming Symphony Youth Concert experiences.

August 4, 2004

Free parks concerts herald new symphony season: orchestra to visit Portland's Glenwood Park before presenting traditional community concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar
Portland, Ore. … Waterfront Concert to feature the debut of the Willamette Light Brigade's lighting of the architectural features of the Hawthorne Bridge.

July 2004

July 16, 2004

Single tickets for all Oregon Symphony concerts go on sale Monday, August 16
Portland, Ore. … The general public will have its first opportunity to purchase single tickets to all Oregon Symphony concerts when they go on sale at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 16. However, subscribers to one of the Symphony's various concert series, including Classical, Pops, Front Row Center and Kids Concerts have exclusive access to all Symphony concert tickets before they are made available to non-subscribers.

July 9, 2004

Oregon Symphony announces special one-week-only online custom-designed subscriber package ticket sale
Portland, Ore. … Custom-designed subscription packages for the Oregon Symphony's 2004-05 concert season will be available for purchase in a first-time-ever online offer for one week only, from 5 p.m. Aug. 6 through 5 p.m. Aug. 13, exclusively through the Symphony's website at www.orsymphony.org.

 

 

 


SSL