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November 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OREGON SYMPHONY CONTINUES GOSPEL CHRISTMAS TRADITION


Portland, Ore. … The Oregon Symphony’s performance of Gospel Christmas will return for its ninth year of expressive, soul-stirring Christmas music in gospel style on December 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The concert is generously sponsored by The Heathman Hotel with additional support by KINK and the Portland Tribune.

The performance features the soulful harmonies and contemporary rhythms of the Northwest Gospel Choir, a group of more than 100 singers from more than 30 of the Portland area’s gospel choirs. Conductor and arranger Charles Floyd will return to lead the Symphony. A nationally known conductor, Floyd has led more than 500 orchestras since 1991, including the San Francisco, Atlanta and Houston Symphony Orchestras. His eleven-year partnership with Natalie Cole included the multiple Grammy Award-winning tribute to Nat King Cole entitled “Unforgettable, With Love.” His conducting appearances have included the annual “Gospel Night at Pops” at Boston’s Symphony Hall and Esplanade Pavilion and a PBS telecast of “Evening at Pops,” featuring Patti LaBelle and Edwin Hawkins in a program of gospel music.

The choir is directed by Gary Hemenway, pastor of Journey Church in Walla Walla, Wash. Rehearsals take place three months prior to the performances and occur each weekend.

“These choir members, soloists and musicians are people who love to sing and proclaim the Good News through the medium of gospel music,” said Choir Manager Dorothy L. Davis.

The concert will also include arrangements including “Tell It On the Mountain,” “Hark” and “Crown Him Lord.”

Tickets are $25 to $80 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 are also available through ticketmaster.com or by calling (503) 790-ARTS.

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