Contact: Allison Griffin
Public Relations Associate

October 15, 2007



Portland, Ore. … After a successful inaugural season, the Oregon Symphony’s Inside the Score series will once again take audience members behind-the-scenes of a classical masterpiece through dialogue and musical examples from the orchestra. The series opens on Sunday, October 21 at 2 p.m. featuring Dvořák’s much beloved New World Symphony conducted by Music Director Carlos Kalmar.

Dvořák’s three-year sojourn in America made an indelible impression, both personally and musically. In particular, the sound and style of Native American melodies and Negro spirituals fired his imagination. “I should never have written the symphony like I have, if I hadn’t seen America,” he wrote.

Much has been discussed about the extent to which Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony is an “American” work. In an interview with the New York Herald in December 1893, Dvořák said, “Since I have been in this country I have been deeply interested in the national music of the Negroes and Indians.” Dvořák went on to declare, “I am now satisfied that the future music of this country must be founded upon what are called the negro melodies. This must be the real foundation of any serious and original school of composition to be developed in the United States.” The suggestion that only Afro- and Native American music was authentically “American” provoked a great deal of controversy, both in the United States and Europe. From the moment of its premiere, the New World Symphony became Dvořák’s most popular work and one of the most performed symphonies by any composer.

Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda will conduct the three remaining Inside the Score programs, which include an exploration of the Classical Symphony featuring Haydn’s Symphony No. 97 paired with Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Tickets are $15 to $75 and may be purchased at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, located at 923 S.W. Washington. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased anytime online at or charged by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased through or by calling (503) 790-ARTS.

Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available through the group sales hotline at (503) 416-6380.

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