Carl Herko
Vice President, Media & Public Relations

March 28, 2008



(PORTLAND, Ore.) – All of the greats from the pantheon of 20th century popular music – Rodgers & Hammerstein to Irving Berlin, Cole Porter to Duke Ellington – will be putting in appearances as Portland’s own musical immortal, Norman Leyden, takes the podium Apr. 19-21 to lead the Oregon Symphony Pops audience on a sentimental journey down memory lane.

The final Pops concert of the 2007-08 season is sure to be a continuation of the decades-long love affair between Oregon music lovers and Leyden, the man who initiated the Oregon Symphony Pops series in 1970 and served as its Music Director for the next 34 years. Even now, semi-retired at the age of 90, Leyden is in his third season as the orchestra’s Laureate Associate Conductor and still wields his baton on special occasions – like this one.

“A Sentimental Journey” is the concert’s entirely apt title, appropriate because it features many of the tunes that were atop the hit parade when Leyden began his long and illustrious musical career as an arranger for the Air Force Band headed by a young major named Glenn Miller. Along the way, the journey will include stops for hits like Rodgers’ & Hammerstein’s Bali Hai, Porter’s Wunderbar and Henry Mancini’s Moon River.

Joining Leyden for the trip through the Great American Songbook are three vocalists who have performed with him many times over many years: Portland-area singers Susannah Mars and Reneé Cleland, as well as Richard Weidlich.

Three performances in downtown Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 19; 3 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 20; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Apr. 21.

Tickets are available for $15 to $96 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. Student rush tickets are also available for $10.

The concert will also be presented at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 22, at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium in Salem. Tickets for the Salem performance are available for $26 to $54 from TicketsWest, (800) 992-8499. Student rush tickets are also available for $5.

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

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