Contact: Carl Herko
Vice President, Media & Public Relations

December 21, 2007



(PORTLAND, Ore.) — A magical world of fairies and fantasy will come alive—at least in the imagination—when the Oregon Symphony presents Felix Mendelssohn’s light-hearted Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream to help take the chill out of a January Portland night.

Music Director Carlos Kalmar will lead the orchestra in three performances, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20, and 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is, of course, the most fanciful play of the immortal William Shakespeare, and as a young child Mendelssohn would enact it at home with his sister, Fanny. Years later he was commissioned by his patron, the King of Prussia, to write the incidental music, a composition that still ranks today among his most popular.

Accompanying the orchestra will be sopranos Sharin Apostolou—one of this season’s Portland Opera up-and-coming studio artists—and Amy Jo Arrington, along with women of the Portland Symphonic Choir. Between individual sections of the incidental music, actors Maureen Porter and Ted deChatelet will present excerpts from Shakespeare’s play.

For an absolute contrast, the concert begins with the first Oregon Symphony performance of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, a densely textured work composed in 1990 by Scotland’s foremost contemporary composer, James MacMillan, and the composition that first brought him international acclaim. A single-movement piece built upon church themes, The Confession of Isobel Gowdie is based on the story of a 17th century Scottish woman who confessed to witchcraft and was burned at the stake.

“This work is the requiem that Isobel Gowdie never had,” the composer once wrote.

Tickets are available for $15 to $98 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.

Classical series concerts of the Oregon Symphony are sponsored by Lufthansa, with media support from The Oregonian, KINK-FM and KBPS All Classical Radio.

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