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October 29, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OREGON SYMPHONY KICKS OFF SEASON’S FIRST KIDS CONCERT


Portland, Ore. … Join Detective Crescendo as she investigates the Case of Mysterious Musical Sounds at the first Oregon Symphony Kids Concert of the 07-08 season. The concert is Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. The concert is generously sponsored by Portland Tribune and Portland Family Magazine.

Pam Mahon will play the role of Detective Crescendo. A previous performer with the Symphony, she has performed with the Portland Opera in Street Scene, La Belle Helen, The Cunning Little Vixen, The Magic Flute and Jenufa.  Earlier this year, Mahon worked with The Well Arts Institute in Recovery: Write Now.

As Detective Crescendo, she will investigate the suspects, which will include the different instrument families—sweeping strings, booming brass, playful woodwinds and rhythmic percussion.

The concert features Wagner’s Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Guest conductor Josephine Lee will lead the Symphony during the program. In May 2007 with executive producers Erica Mann Ramis and Harold Ramis, Lee music directed the cultural programming surrounding the Dalai Lama’s public talk at Chicago’s Millennium Park. In observance of September 11, 2001, Chicago Children’s Choir collaborated with Steppenwolf Theatre Company and presented Citizens of the World, co-created and produced by Lee and Steppenwolf. Lee co-produced Chicago Children’s Choir’s first studio recording Open Up Your Heart (2004) and the soundtrack for Sita Ram (2006). Lee was most recently recognized as a 2006 “Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts” by Chicago Tribune.

Tickets are $8 to $39 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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