Portland, September 1st. An estimated 15-thousand people enjoyed the sounds of the Oregon Symphony at its annual free outdoor concert. The concert was supported by the City of Portland, Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) Work for Art, and NW Natural.
Closing festivities included the traditional grand finale — Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with military cannons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery.
The Oregon Symphony produces more than 80 concerts a year, mostly at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. It programs a wide range of music to suit many tastes and preferences. The symphony currently has 76 professional musicians on contract. The free Waterfront Park concert is the kick off to the Oregon Symphony’s 2011-2012 season.