Contact: Allison Griffin
Public Relations Associate

November 19, 2007



Portland, Ore. … A salute to Italy through music and literature is the foundation for the next Oregon Symphony classical concert. Performances are Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, December 3 at 8 p.m. The concert is generously sponsored by RBC Dain Raucher, with additional support by Lufthansa Airlines and The Oregonian.

The program will open with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Inspired by a series of sonnets, the work is by far his most famous, so well known they have entered the collective ear of popular culture. Despite their overexposure, these concerti evoke the changing seasons with drama and elegance. The four concertos were written to go along with four sonnets. Though it is not known who wrote these sonnets there is a theory that Vivaldi wrote them himself.

Born in the United States and raised in Finland, violinist Elina Vähälä made her concerto debut at the age of 12 with the Sinfonia Lahti.  In 1993 she was chosen to carry the title ”Young Master Soloist” of the Sinfonia Lahti, and since then she has performed regularly with this Gramophone-Award-winning orchestra. In 1999 Vähälä won first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions; the same year she gave her critically acclaimed New York recital debut. The 2007-2008 season includes the Finnish premiere of John Corigliano’s violin concerto “The Red Violin” with the Turku Philharmonic and appearances with the Tampere Philharmonic, Sinfonia Lahti, West Virginia Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Korean Chamber Ensemble and Virtuosi di Kuhmo.

The program also includes Elgar’s In the South. The work is a musical portrait of the Ligurian Riviera on the Tuscan coast, peppered with quotes from Tennyson and Byron.

The program will conclude with Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture.

Tickets are $15 to $98 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 are also available 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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