Carl Herko
Vice President, Media & Public Relations

June 4, 2008



(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Southeast Portland’s Mt. Scott Park and the downtown Tom McCall Waterfront Park will play host to the Oregon Symphony in August when the orchestra leaves its usual concert-hall home to kick off its 2008-09 season with a pair of popular outdoor performances.

“Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods,” as the orchestra’s annual al fresco concert series is known, includes two free performances each August, the first in a Portland neighborhood park that changes from year to year and the second in the waterfront park that runs along the banks of the Willamette River through downtown Portland.

This summer’s free performances will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Portland’s Mt. Scott Park, SE 72nd Avenue and Harold Street, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park downtown.  

The Mt. Scott concert will be preceded by an afternoon-long festival at the park celebrating three nearby Portland neighborhoods: Mt. Scott-Arleta, Brentwood-Darlington and Foster-Powell. An advisory committee made up of neighborhood association members from the three areas will meet throughout the summer with orchestra representatives to plan the festival and concert.  

“We are very proud to be hosting this year's Oregon Symphony park concert,” said Scott Vala, a committee member from the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association. “This is where we live, and we want the rest of the city to experience our park and our neighborhood's special character – and also appreciate some of the many things Southeast Portland has to offer.”

The Mt. Scott event on Aug. 23 will begin at 2 p.m. with the festival featuring family activities focusing on the arts, entertainment showcasing neighborhood diversity and booths featuring social-service resources available to residents. It will be followed by the free Oregon Symphony concert at 7 p.m.

The summer series concludes the following Thursday, Aug. 28, with another free performance by the Oregon Symphony, led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 Naito Parkway. The Oregon Symphony takes the stage at 7 p.m. for its waterfront performance, following a 5 p.m. concert by the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods is a city-funded neighborhood revitalization project established in collaboration with the City of Portland, Portland Parks and Recreation and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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