Portland, May 12th, 2013. Oregon Symphony’s “Night of the Decade” gala honored Maestro Carlos Kalmar’s 10 years with the Symphony. 400 guests attended the event held at the Nines Hotel and raised over $270,000 to benefit the Oregon Symphony’s education and outreach programs and the musicians who make these vital programs possible. Gala Co-Chair Rebecca Johnson, Oregon Symphony Associate Concertmaster Chair Peter Frajola, Laurie Frajola, and Oregon Symphony Board Member Kelly Johnson.
Funds raised during the Night of the Decade Gala help the Oregon Symphony reach over 20,000 children in the upcoming year who do not have music education in their schools. Over 220,000 students will experience the splendor in the concert hall through the Classical Series, Pops, and Specials, and now, more children will have access to education and outreach programs in schools, libraries, and at the concert hall.
The Oregon Symphony’s mission is to inspire a love and understanding of music in our lives by bringing great music to all. Its primary goal, in the words of Music Director Carlos Kalmar, is to “touch the heart and soul of every Oregonian.” For more information about the Oregon Symphony and the education and outreach programs they provide, visit www.orsymphony.org or call 503-228-4294.