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October 22, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEGENDARY R&B SINGER SMOKEY ROBINSON TO PERFORM
WITH OREGON SYMPHONY


Portland, Ore. … Bob Dylan called him “America’s greatest living poet.” He is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and his songs are recognized by young and old alike. The legendary Smokey Robinson will perform with the Oregon Symphony for a one-night-only performance on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The concert is generously sponsored by Northwest News Channel 8.

For more than four decades, Robinson has been a leading figure in popular music, producing hits like “Tears of a Clown,” “I Second That Emotion,” and “My Girl.” He secured his place in R&B history as the lead singer for the Miracles and vice president of Motown Records, serving as in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter. Even after he took his song-writing career solo, he continued the hitmaking tradition with “Just to See Her” and “Being with You.”

Robinson expanded his career in 2004 with the launch of “The Soul is in the Bowl” soul food entrees. He also serves as the official spokesperson of the Great American SmokeOut, which takes place annually one week before Thanksgiving. Robinson recently performed on the finale of American Idol Season 6 on May 23, 2007. He and the top six male contestants performed a medley of his hits.

In addition to the orchestra, Robinson will be joined by a 10-member band, including guitar, drums, keyboard, bass, saxophone and dancers.

“My songs are written about love,” he said. “It's an everlasting subject. Love always has significance and it never goes out of style.”

Tickets are $30 to $118 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 www.OrSymphony.org 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 ticketmaster.com 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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