Oregon Symphony


News & Features

Oregon Symphony News Releases

October 2016

October 11, 2016

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Capitol Steps, Il Divo, Pianist Stephen Hough, Kids and Holiday Concerts Highlight Oregon Symphony’s November Lineup  If the Oregon Symphony were presenting any more concerts in November, a few extra days would have to be added to the calendar! From start to finish, this month offers musical events not to be missed, like Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony; the blockbuster film Raiders of the Lost Ark, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year with live symphonic accompaniment; pianist Stephen Hough playing Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian Concerto;” The Capitol Steps giving us their unique take on the current state of American politics on Election Night; chart-busting crossover sensation Il Divo presenting their newest album of Latin songs, all performed in their unique blend of opera/pop vocals; ARW, founding members of the legendary progressive rock band Yes performing the group’s iconic hits; and our first Kids and annual Holiday Pops concerts.

September 2016

September 28, 2016

The Oregon Symphony Welcomes New Board Members at Annual Membership Meeting  The Oregon Symphony held its annual membership meeting last week on the stage of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall amid the splendor of the Dale Chihuly glass set pieces that highlighted the classical season-opening production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. The Symphony shared the results of the first-time-ever, online elections, welcoming four new board members for three-year terms.

September 14, 2016

Tony Bennett, Colin Currie, Wynton Marsalis, Itzhak Perlman and Marc-André Hamelin headline Oregon Symphony October concerts.  The best of the best: that’s what the Oregon Symphony is serving up in October, as jazz and classical music superstars grace the stage of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The legendary Tony Bennett, who sings the American Songbook like nobody else, and multiple Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, along with the top-notch Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, present unforgettable evenings of vocal and instrumental jazz. Artist-in-Residence Colin Currie returns to perform the West Coast premiere of a new American percussion concerto, while acclaimed pianist Marc-André Hamelin tackles the monumental Third Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

August 2016

August 23, 2016

Oregon Symphony continues Winning Streak with Another Strong Season  The 2015/16 season, with its wide-ranging musical offerings and energized community engagement efforts, sets more new records. President Scott Showalter announced today the results of the 2015/16 season, his second as the Symphony President. In addition to exceeding its revenue goals, the Oregon Symphony set a number of new records, including total season subscription revenue, total classical ticket revenue, percentage of first-time ticket buyers, the highest grossing single concert, and the amount raised at the annual gala. Consequently, the Symphony balanced its budget for the seventh consecutive season.

August 18, 2016

The Oregon Symphony adds Pokémon to its Season Lineup  Pokémon Go fans won’t want to miss this! This show has become the must-see video game concert of the year, giving audiences of all ages the chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise, now with a few exciting interactive connections to Pokémon Go.

August 9, 2016

Oregon Symphony’s 120th Anniversary Season kicks off with Star-Studded Lineup: Renée Fleming, Boyz II Men, Music of David Bowie, Shanghai Acrobats and Bluebeard’s Castle with Sets by Dale Chihuly  The Waterfront Concert on September 1 opens the Symphony’s 120th season with a month full of exciting performances to delight both the eyes and the ears. The award-winning Shanghai Acrobats return, along with superstar Renée Fleming and four-time R&B Grammy winner Boyz II Men. Fans of the Legend of Zelda series will welcome the newest installment in Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest, and legendary musician/artist David Bowie’s music gets symphonic treatment in The Music of David Bowie. The Classical Series opens September 24 with a semi-staged concert performance of Bartók’s only opera, Bluebeard’s Castle, with sets designed by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.

August 9, 2016

Oregon Symphony’s Waterfront Concert set for September 1  The Waterfront Concert—one of Portland’s favorite summer events and the largest free concert in the state—to be broadcast live for the second year in a row on All Classical Portland (KQAC 89.9 fm). On September 1, the skies above Tom McCall Waterfront Park will once again light up following Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with military cannons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery. An expected audience of over 20,000 spectators will enjoy the dazzling fireworks finale and celebrate what is expected to be the largest-ever Waterfront Concert.

July 2016

July 28, 2016

Oregon Symphony announces Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone™ Film Concert  The Oregon Symphony announced today that they will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on January 21 (7:30 pm) and 22 (2:00 pm), 2017 as part of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature the Oregon Symphony orchestra performing live, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film on a high-definition big screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Tickets go on sale to the public Sunday, July 31, via OrSymphony.org, and by phone (503-228-1353) starting Monday, August 1. They are currently on sale now exclusively to Oregon Symphony subscribers.

July 1, 2016

The Oregon Symphony Extends Music Director Carlos Kalmar’s Contract Through The 2020/2021 Season Carlos Kalmar announces that the 2020/21 season will be his last, providing a five-year period in which to select his successor. The Oregon Symphony Board of Directors Chair Jack Wilborn today announced a three-year extension of Music Director Carlos Kalmar’s contract. Previously set to expire in June 2018, that contract will now continue through the 2020/21 season, ensuring Kalmar’s artistic leadership for another five seasons.