December 3, 2007



Portland, Ore. … Yuletide Spectacular, now a Portland holiday tradition for the entire family, will be presented by the Oregon Symphony on Saturday, December 15 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m. and Monday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The concert is generously sponsored by The Standard with additional support by the Willamette Week and Northwest Newschannel 8.

Drawn exclusively from local talent, this year’s Yuletide Spectacular will feature a festive theatrical line-up, including a retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” by noted actor Scott Coopwood and a 24-member cast, combined with show-stopping musical and dance numbers. The show will also feature Dance West, the Portland area’s premiere high school dance ensemble.  A vocal ensemble, many of whom have performed with the Portland Opera, will perform holiday favorites such as “Hark The Herald Angel,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”  Vocalist Pam Mahon will be featured in two numbers, including “The Man with the Bag.” Mahon has performed extensively with both Portland Center Stage and the Portland Opera. The production is directed once again by Vivienne Elborne, who also directed the Symphony’s staged musicals, “The Music Man” and “Camelot.”

The program is led by guest conductor John Morris Russell. Currently the music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Russell has guest conducted many distinguished ensembles, including the orchestras of the New York Philharmonic, Toronto and New York City Ballet.

Local audiences may recognize Coopwood from his work at Portland Center Stage and Artist Repertory Theatre. He recently appeared in an Oregon Lottery commercial and as numerous voices for "Lewis and Clark: An Unfinished Journey," produced locally by Oregon Public Broadcasting for Public Radio International. As he presents the retelling of “A Christmas Carol,” using different voices for each character, the acting ensemble will mime the action in front of a scrim with period costumes and other theatrical effects.

“This is always the biggest production each year,” said Artistic Administrator Charles Calmer. “It’s our gift to the community, with about 75 people involved in singing, dancing, acting— all meshing nicely with the orchestra.”

Tickets are $15 to $90 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. 

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