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


January 18, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHAT EXACTLY IS A ‘CLASSICAL’ SYMPHONY?
THE ANSWER IS INSIDE THE SCORE


(PORTLAND, Ore.) — The Oregon Symphony’s immensely popular Inside the Score concert series resumes Feb. 10 with a unique in-depth exploration of an intriguing question: Just what makes a Classical symphony classical?

The concert is the second of four performances this season in the orchestra’s Sunday matinee series, Inside the Score, where short musical programs – usually under an hour in length, with no intermission – are coupled with an insider’s discussion aimed at giving audience members a unique insight into the music. Inside the Score programs are among the most popular events on the Oregon Symphony’s season-long calendar and are an ideal way to introduce both children and new concertgoers to the world of orchestral music.

It’s hard to imagine now, but there was once a time when no such thing as a classical symphony even existed. Somebody had to invent it.

Enter the inventive Viennese composer Franz Joseph Haydn, the man destined go down in history as one of the absolute masters of this amazing new kind of art the world had never before heard. The February program begins with a performance of his 25-minute-long Symphony No. 97, written in 1792. Then the focus shifts fast-forward 125 years, to 1917, and the Classical Symphony of Sergei Prokofiev, a 13-minute-long work the young Russian composer wrote as a tribute to what Haydn had created so many years before.

Two composers, two countries, two radically different eras separated by centuries: Is it even possible that one single word – “classical” – can describe two pieces of music that seem to have so little in common? That’s precisely the question Inside the Score looks to answer.     

Resident conductor Gregory Vajda leads the program, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in downtown Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Tickets are available for $15 to $75 at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown 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, www.orsymphony.org.

Tickets are also available through ticketmaster.com 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.

Inside the Score is sponsored by the Friends of the Oregon Symphony.

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