Contact: Carl Herko
Vice President, Media & Public Relations
(503) 416-6347

January 4, 2008



(PORTLAND, Ore.) — America’s single greatest contribution to the world of music – jazz – takes the spotlight as the Oregon Symphony focuses on the Great American Songbook in its next Pops concert, “Legends of Swing.”

Three performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. All performances will be in downtown Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Audience members may well conjure up mental images of Frank, Ella, Judy and other one-name-only legends of the late, great era in popular music as vocalists Michael Civisca and Rachel Price join the orchestra in classic tunes ranging from George Gershwin’s Our Love Is Here to Stay to Cole Porter’s I’ve Got You Under My Skin and on to Harold Arlen’s Get Happy.

All of the arrangements are by legendary Big Band arranger and conductor Nelson Riddle. Conducting the Oregon Symphony will be Michael Berkowitz, a Riddle protégé and, in his own right, a prominent drummer who has performed with such luminaries as Henry Mancini, Liza Minnelli, Sting and Bette Midler. 

Tickets are available for $15 to $86 at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., Portland. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 during the same hours, or online at any time from the orchestra’s web site,

Tickets are also available through or by calling (503) 790-ARTS. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available through the symphony’s group sales hotline, (503) 416-6380.

Media support for the concert is provided by Willamette Week and KEX Radio.

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