Contact:
Carl Herko
Vice President, Media & Public Relations
503-416-6347
cherko@orsymphony.org


January 31, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ONE WEEK ONLY: SYMPHONY TICKETS AT BIG DISCOUNTS
‘Join the Audience’ promotion returns for a second year with $20 and $50 tickets for season’s remaining concerts


(PORTLAND, Ore.) — For one week only, Feb.1-8, music lovers will have an opportunity to buy tickets for Oregon Symphony performances at bargain prices as the orchestra brings back last year’s successful “Join the Audience” sale for an encore.

During the weeklong sale, tickets for most remaining classical, Pops and Inside the Score concerts at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall this season are available for either $20 or $50, depending on location, a substantial savings over normal ticket prices.

Thirteen different concert programs taking place between this weekend and the season-ending performances May 17-19 are included as part of the “Join the Audience” event. They are:

Among the first highlights are this weekend’s classical series concerts featuring the Oregon Symphony premiere of American composer John Adams’ Chamber Symphony and hot young Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein in a performance of Beethoven’s second piano concerto, as well as the Feb. 23-25 pops concerts featuring the Grammy Award-winning Bela Fleck & the Flecktones presenting their eclectic blend of bluegrass, fusion and jazz.

The concept of a ticket sale aimed at encouraging new members to join the audience originated several years ago at the New York Philharmonic and has since been adopted by orchestras throughout the United States. When the Oregon Symphony first experimented with the idea on a limited basis in April 2007, the orchestra sold an additional 1,000 tickets in a week.

The $20 and $50 tickets are available at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St. in downtown Portland, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays 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 may also be purchased through Ticketmaster.

“Join the Audience” is made possible thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo.

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