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March 13, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUGGLERS AND GYMNASTS AND SINGERS, OH MY:
IT’S CIRCUS DAY AT THE OREGON SYMPHONY


(PORTLAND, Ore.) — There may not be an actual big top inside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on for the final Oregon Symphony Kids Concert of the season, but the young audience is in for a thrill a minute nonetheless because, as the concert title says, “It’s Circus Day.”

The fun begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 6, as Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda becomes the ringmaster in a program that features not only the orchestra but tumblers from the Oregon Gymnastics Academy, juggler Dave Clay and the Pacific Youth Choir.

The circus theme runs through all of the music on the program, from the opening March of the Gladiators to Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Dance of the Tumblers and on to one of the show-stoppers, Matthias Bamert’s Circus Parade, with its individual segments named for such denizens of the big top as lions, bears, clowns and little monkeys. Circus Parade is an interactive musical presentation at which audience members get to play composer by voting on which music they want the orchestra to perform.

Pam Mahon, dressed in full clown regalia, is the narrator who will help tie all the music together. But the music isn’t the only fun part of the afternoon: The festivities actually begin a 1 p.m. in the lobby of the concert hall with a petting zoo and other activities for children before the orchestra takes the stage.

Tickets are available for $8 to $39 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.

Presenting sponsor for the concert is Umpqua Bank, with media support from the Portland Tribune and Portland Family magazine.
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