The orchestra plays Richard Wagner

The orchestra plays Richard Wagner

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.

Portland Mayor, Sam Adams makes a pitch for the support of arts education

Portland Mayor, Sam Adams makes a pitch for the support of arts education

Closing festivities included the traditional grand finale — Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with military cannons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery.

Boaters on the Willamette savor the concert

Boaters on the Willamette savor the concert while afloat

Northwest Natural President, Gregg Kantor

Northwest Natural President, Gregg Kantor

Bank of America's Richard Brown and his wife, Elise Brown

Bank of America's Richard Brown and his wife, Elise Brown

Carlos Kalmar is in his ninth season as music director of the Oregon Symphony

Carlos Kalmar is in his ninth season as music director of the Oregon Symphony

Sophie and KINK's Sheila Hamilton

Sophie and KINK's Sheila Hamilton

Thousands crowd Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park for the concert

Thousands crowd Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park for the concert

 

In May 2011 Kalmar made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall with the Oregon Symphony as part of the inaugural Spring for Music festival.

In May 2011 Kalmar made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall with the Oregon Symphony as part of the inaugural Spring for Music festival.

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.