August 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIENDS OF THE OREGON SYMPHONY
HOST “AN EVENING IN ST. PETERSBURG” BENEFIT


Portland, Ore. … The sights and sounds of 19th century Russia are the background for the 2007 Oregon Symphony Ball, “An Evening in St. Petersburg,” sponsored by the Friends of the Oregon Symphony and Washington Trust Bank as a benefit for the Symphony on Friday, September 14 at the Governor Hotel. The hotel is located at 614 S.W. 11th Ave. in downtown Portland.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom with a silent auction, accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on items such as a Valentine’s Day Gourmet Dinner, complete with fine wines and delectable dishes.

At 7 p.m. guests will sit down to an authentic four-course Imperial Russian meal in the Heritage Ballroom. After dinner, a live auction will take place at 8:30 p.m., with items including an Italian villa for 10 in Tuscany and a private performance by former Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti. 

The evening will conclude with ballroom dancing featuring the sounds of an 18-piece orchestra, including Symphony musicians (Greg Ewer, Daniel Feng, Shin-Young Kwon, Steve Lawrence, Gayle Budd O’Grady, Sarah Roth, Tim Scott) who will perform pieces from Tchaikovsky and Strauss. In addition, Russian bass Konstantin Kvach will lend his talent in a vocal performance, and dancers from the Columbia Dance Company will perform a pas de deux from a Tchaikovsky piece.

Tickets are $250 each or $2,500 for a table of 10. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Symphony office at (503) 416-6405 or visit www.OrSymphony.org.

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