Contact: Carl Herko
Vice President, Media & Public Relations

December 14, 2007



Portland, Ore. … An imaginary journey to Europe and back—with stops in France, Russia, Romania and elsewhere—awaits audience members during “Songs of Travel,” the Oregon Symphony’s second Kids Concert of the 2007-08 season.

The fun begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda leads the orchestra in thrilling works by French composer Maurice Ravel, Russian Alexander Glazunov, Norwegian Edvard Grieg, America’s own march king John Philip Sousa, and others. (And no passport is required!)
Among the highlights: Phenomenal 14-year-old violinist Brandon Garbot, a student at Beaverton’s Conestoga Middle School, will be the soloist in the third movement of Glazunov’s Violin Concerto. Garbot, who started playing the violin when he was 7 and is already an award-winning musician, is concertmaster of the renowned Portland Youth Philharmonic. He holds a 2007-08 Young Artist Fellowship with Chamber Music Northwest.

Also featured will be the Skyview High School Tropical Storm Steel Drum Ensemble from Vancouver, Wash., in a performance of “The Hammer” that is sure to make audience members think they’ve touched down on an exotic island. And the Aratas Hungarian Dance Ensemble will take the stage to perform a selection of Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances.

The concert is sponsored by the Greenbrier Companies, with media support from the Portland Tribune and Portland Family Magazine.

Tickets are available for $8 to $39 at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 during the same hours, or online at any time from the orchestra’s web site,

Tickets are also available through or by calling (503) 790-ARTS. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available through the symphony’s group sales hotline, (503) 416-6380.

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