August 1, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland, Ore. … The Oregon Symphony will continue its annual tradition of free community concerts heralding the upcoming season as the orchestra visits North Portland’s Arbor Lodge Park on Saturday, August 25, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Thursday, August 30. The 12th annual “Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods” series is presented by the city of Portland through the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) and the City of Portland Department of Parks and Recreation, with further support provided by PacifiCorp. Media support is provided by KINK fm102 and the Portland Tribune.
The Arbor Lodge event, organized with the help of the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Advisory Committee and local arts and cultural leaders, will include an afternoon festival beginning at 2:30 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. Oregon Symphony concert. The Waterfront concert will preview the orchestra’s 2007-2008 season and conclude with the traditional performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” accompanied by live cannons and fireworks.
The Arbor Lodge concert, which will feature music from the worlds of opera, ballet, television, film and Broadway, will be led by Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda, who will also share conducting duties for the Waterfront Concert with Music Director Carlos Kalmar.
“Arbor Lodge Park was selected as the 2007 Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods location because they put forth an application that showed how much they care about their neighborhood, and their readiness to partner with the Symphony,” said Director of Education and Community Engagement Emilia Smith. “The advisory committee has a great deal of pride in their neighborhood and are creative and enthusiastic with their efforts to build community. They share an appreciation for the arts, and a sense of civic duty through all of their community projects. The Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods is evidence of this commitment.”
The performing artists and activities for the park have been planned by a committee of neighbors and representatives from the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association, Portland Parks & Recreation and other local businesses and cultural and arts organizations.
The afternoon festival begins at 2:30 p.m. and will be emceed by Portland City Commissioner and North Portland neighbor Sam Adams. An afternoon stage featuring performers from the area include: performances by the Chief Joseph Elementary After School Marching Band, Ethos Student Jazz Combo, Xavier Tabera’s Classic Cuban Band, Self Enhancement Inc. Sounds of Soul Choir as well as their famous Drum Line, the Carroll Raaum Swing Orchestra and Penny’s Puppet Productions. In addition, Spiritual soloist Dorothy Butler will perform alongside pianist Chris Davis, Alan Ames will perform on his lap steel guitar and Mouseknuckles will give a ’20s and ’30s “hot vaudeville jazz” vocal and instrumental jazz performance.
Organizations hosting information booths and activities are the Portland Parks & Recreation Neighborhood Tree Liaison Program, where kids can make tree cookies; Portland Pirate Festival, where kids can learn sword fight moves; demonstrations by the Empyrean Movement Dance Studio, free blood pressure checks by the North Portland Neighborhood Clinic, a Community Music Center and Oregon Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo, coloring activities hosted by the Community Energy Project and rhythm activities with Let’s Begin With Music, among many others.
Reasonably priced food, including Rosie’s famous strawberry shortcake and gumbo, Yam Yam’s barbeque, The Flavor Spot’s sweet and savory waffles and tacos and burritos from ¿Por Qué No? will be available throughout the afternoon and evening.
The 7 p.m. Oregon Symphony concert, which will include Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, film music of Academy Award-winning composer John Williams and works by Tchaikovsky, among others. The program will be led by Vajda, who is entering his third season as Resident Conductor.
The Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Advisory Committee includes Christine Duffy, Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association President; Chris Sullivan, Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association Vice-President; Eric Olson, Chief Joseph Elementary School teacher; Mary Jaron-Kelley, North Portland Neighborhood Services; Chisao Hata, Ockley Green School arts specialist; Seve Gose and Louie Guerrero of Portland Parks & Recreation; and AlexSandra, Will Crow & Alan Holzapfel, all members of the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association.
Arbor Lodge Park is located within the Interstate Corridor in North Portland at North Bryant Street and Delaware Avenue. In the event of rain, all afternoon activities and the evening concert will take place in the Roosevelt High School gym, located at 6941 North Central Street.
In addition to vehicle parking, ample bike parking will be available.
On Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m. (raindate Aug. 31) Kalmar and the orchestra will present selections from the 2007-2008 season along with the traditional offering of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The concert will include Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”, excerpts from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Bizet’s Symphony No. 1, as well as music of Berlioz, Wagner and Mendelssohn.
Portland favorite, saxophonist Patrick Lamb, along with vocalist Linda Hornbuckle, will be previewing his upcoming Pops performance with the Symphony this season with a performance of “Georgia on My Mind,” conducted by Vajda.
The concert will also introduce the Symphony’s new Concertmaster, Jun Iwasaki.
Select members of the Portland Youth Philharmonic will again join the orchestra for the “1812”, which will culminate with fireworks and National Guard cannons.
The Symphony concert will be preceded by a 5 p.m. performance by the Portland Youth Philharmonic under the direction of Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, who will perform works from their previous season, including Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra” and Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Orchestra.
NOTE: Waterfront concert attendees are encouraged to bring donations of school supplies. Schoolhouse Supplies, a volunteer-run free store for Portland Public School teachers, which is stocked with supplies donated by the community, will have representatives on hand to collect the donated supplies for distribution to area students and teachers.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.