Salem, OR. “We often hear that operating support is the most important type of award,” said Arts Commission Chair Jenny Green. “Especially now, as arts organizations struggle to recover from losses caused by the pandemic, these awards help relieve a bit of the economic pressure.”
Grants totaling $1,265,166 will be distributed to 154 Oregon arts organizations through the Oregon Arts Commission’s fiscal year 2022 Operating Support Program. Including Artists Repertory Theatre (A.R.T), which received $10,490. Seen above is a photo by Owen Carey of A.R.T’s production of The Miracle Worker. There are six more recipients than in the fiscal year 2021 due to a growing number of eligible organizations. Ranging from $2,000 to $ 25,000, the grant awards are available to nonprofit organizations with arts at the core of their mission and budgets over $150,000.
One of the largest grants was one made to Oregon Symphony for $25,000.
In 2019 organizations receiving Operating Support from the Arts Commission expended $213 million, employed 11,681 FTE and produced events and activities that were attended by close to 3.7 million people. *Organizations with budgets under $150,000 are eligible to apply to the Small Operating Program. This program funds an additional 109 arts organizations.
The fiscal year 2022 Operating Support Grants, in the Portland Metro area were awarded to the following nonprofits:
45th Parallel, Portland: $4,899,
Alberta Abbey Foundation, Portland: $6,147,
All Classical Public Media, Inc., Portland: $11,900,
Artichoke Community Music, Portland: $5,934,
Art In The Pearl, Portland: $4,899’
Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland: $10,490,
A-WOL Dance Collective, Inc., Clackamas: $4,899,
Bag & Baggage Productions, Inc., Hillsboro: $7,531,
BodyVox Inc., Portland: $13,521,
Bosco-Milligan Foundation, Portland: $5,435,
Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Tigard: $11,265,
Caldera, Portland: $13,091,
Camp45 Contemporary, Portland: $5,506,
Cappella Romana Inc., Portland: $7,997,
Chamber Music Northwest, Portland: $13,226,
Children’s Healing Art Project, Portland: $4,899,
Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Oregon City: $8,360,
Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Oregon City: $4,899,
CoHo Productions Ltd, Portland: $4,899,
Corrib Theatre, Portland: $4,899,
Curious Comedy Productions, Portland: $6,657,
Echo Theater Company, Portland: $5,620,
Ethos Inc., Portland: $8,230,
Film Action Oregon dba Hollywood Theatre, Portland: $8,794,
Friends of Chamber Music, Portland: $9,200,
Hand2Mouth, Portland: $4,899,
Imago the Theatre Mask Ensemble, Portland: $4,899,
In a Landscape, Portland: $4,899
Independent Publishing Resource Center Inc., Portland: $7,330
Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego: $11,535
Literary Arts Inc., Portland: $14,004
Live Wire Radio, Portland: $8,705,
MetroEast Community Media, Gresham: $11,970,
Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland: $10,421,
Miracle Theatre Group, Portland: $20,854,
Music Workshop, Portland: $4,899,
My Voice Music, Portland: $6,511 Northwest Children’s Theater & School Inc., Portland: $11,162,
Northwest Professional Dance Project, Portland: $11,245,
Old Church Society, Inc., Portland: $7,353,
Open Signal, Portland: $15,965,
Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland: $11,114,
Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Portland: $9,670,
Oregon Center for Contemporary Art, Portland: $11,010,
Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland: $6,116,
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland: $13,489,
Portland Jazz Festival, Inc. dba PDX Jazz, Portland: $9,072,
Portland Opera Association, Portland: $22,309,
Portland Piano International, Portland: $6,442,
Portland Playhouse, Portland: $11,431,
Portland Street Art Alliance, Portland: $5,131,
Portland Symphonic Choir, Portland: $4,899,
Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland: $7,642,
Profile Theatre Project, Portland: $7,477,
Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland: $25,000,
Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, Portland: $4,899,
Shaking the Tree Theatre, Portland: $4,899,
Stumptown Stages, Lake Oswego: $4,899,
The Circus Project, Portland: $8,966,
The Portland Ballet, Portland: $8,667,
The Red Door Project, Portland: $7,939,
Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Portland: $5,217,
Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland: $8,611,
triangle productions, Portland: $6,178,
Vibe of Portland, Portland: $4,899,
Western Alliance of Arts Administrators, Portland: $6,972,
White Bird, Portland: $11,124,
Write Around Portland, Portland: $9,822,
Young Audiences of Oregon, Portland: $8,192,
Young Musicians & Artists, Portland: $4,899,
Youth Music Project, West Linn: $6,390,
From The Oregon Arts Commission:
The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development. The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org.
Portland, OR. After a four year search and evaluation of over 700 possible music professionals, the Oregon Symphony announced that Austrian-born conductor David Danzmayr will serve as its next Music Director.
Current Music Director, Carlos Kalmar will move into an advisory position with the organization after 17 years at the helm.
Because of the pandemic, symphony concerts have been canceled through June. But Scott Showalter, Oregon Symphony president, says the orchestra should be back in the fall. “We will reunite in-person with our community in Fall 2021, as we celebrate our 125th anniversary with adventurous new programming and exhilarating performances.”
Regarded as a gifted conductor, Oregon Symphony describes its new Music Director, David Danzmayr as, “a creative leader with a unique artistic vision, reflecting his desire to embrace wide-ranging cultures while inspiring and challenging audiences.”
According to the symphony’s announcement, Danzmayr has won prizes at some of the world ́s most prestigious conducting competitions, including at the International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition and the International Malko Conducting Competition. He was also awarded the Bernhard Paumgartner Medal by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum, and was a finalist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s First International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition, where he was judged by a panel including longtime Oregon Symphony Music Director James DePreist.
Danzmayr was strongly influenced by Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado in his time as conducting stipendiate of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and by Leif Segerstam during his additional studies at the Sibelius Academy. Subsequently, he gained significant experience as assistant to Oregon Symphony Music Director Laureate Carlos Kalmar, Neeme Järvi, Stéphane Denève, Sir Andrew Davies, and Pierre Boulez, who entrusted Danzmayr with the preparatory rehearsals for his own music.
the Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra in the western United States.
Here is a video about this new chapter in the life of the Oregon Symphony.
From Oregon Symphony:
The multi-Grammy Award-nominated Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras. Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, it serves more than 235,000 people annually through live concerts and award-winning education and community engagement programs. The Oregon Symphony has broken attendance and fundraising records in recent years, while innovating on stage through new series such as SoundSights, Sounds of Home and SoundStories. Additionally, syndicated programming for broadcast reaches tens of millions of people throughout the world. As 2021/22 will mark its 125th anniversary, the Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra in the western United States. For more information, visit www.orsymphony.org.
Portland, OR. “Kids are at home, parents are home-schooling, and we believed we could help,” explains Norman Hunyh, the Associate Conductor of the Oregon Symphony. It was because of the dearth of summer activities for kids that Symphony Storytimewas born. In each episode of the new virtual series, a narrator reads a classic children’s book while members of the Oregon Symphony provide background music and sound effects. Assistant Principal Oboist Karen Wagner and host Amy Haroldson (seen in the photo above) tell the story of a “Top Cat” who doesn’t want to share his house and favorite things. (photo credit, Jacob Wade).
A lesson on the featured background instrument makes these 15-minute episodes both entertaining and educational. On June 25, the first episodes of Symphony Storytime were released. One was called “Mole Music,” and features the Cello. When Mole finally learns to play the violin, his music has an effect more magical than he will ever know. Written by David McPhail. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Marilyn de Oliveira, assistant principal cello.
Assistant Principal Oboist Karen Wagner and host Amy Haroldson perform for the Oregon Symphony’s new children’s program, Symphony Storytime (Jacob Wade).
Hunyhprovided the artistic vision for Symphony Storytime by setting educational objectives and establishing the flow of each piece, among other responsibilities. Hunyh described this project as “new and exciting territory”.
Assistant Principal Second Violinist Inés Voglar Belgique (Jacob Wade)
Assistant Principal Cellist Marilyn de Oliveira (Jacob Wade)
Each story was chosen because it meant something special to the musicians.
“I really like [Mole Music] because it talks about how music changes Mole’s life, and it also shows us how music can change the world around us,” says cellist Marilyn de Oliveira in the first episode.
Guitarist and vocalist Edna Vazquez and percussionist and host Sergio Carreno maintain social distance on set. Hunyh’s top priority was the health and safety of musicians and staff. (Jacob Wade)
Many participants in the project are native Spanish speakers, such as guitarist and vocalist Edna Vázquezwho performs in the Symphony Storytime episode “Necesito un Abrazo”, which helped inspire the creation of unique Spanish episodes. The Spanish episodes are not translations of the English episodes, rather their own stories, intended to support and engage the Latinx community.
Symphony Storytime’s first release included “Mole Music”, “Top Cat”, and “Goodnight Bob”in English featuring cello, oboe, and percussion, respectively.“Necesito un Abrazo” and “Ve, Perro. ¡Ve!”were released in Spanish, featuring guitar and violin. More episodes will be released on July 2 and July 9.
The power of music to unite and inspire is boundless. Music lifts us higher on our most joyful days, and draws us together in challenging times. As soon as it’s safe, we’ll be back – performing for you in our concert hall and reaching out to children and adults across our region.
Portland, OR. It was a soggy but exuberant start to the Oregon Symphony 120th anniversary season as 76 professional musicians, and Music Director Carlos Kalmar, took to the Waterfront Park stage for an annual free concert. (We’ve got all of the details for the upcoming season below.)
The September 1st season kickoff concluded with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with military cannons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery, and an elaborate fireworks finale.
Sgt. Richard Botta of Portland Light Artillery Command expained to Dave Salesky KATU how his team sets off the howitzers at just the right time for the 1812 Overture.
The 2016/2017 season offers more than 80 Classical, Pops, Kids, and Special Concerts. It runs from September through May.
This month, the Symphony launchs its SoundSights Series, in which the Symphony collaborates with some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest artists to bring an extraordinary visual element to the stage. It starts in September with Bluebeard’s Castle, a dark and mysterious opera with sculptures by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. In December, video artist Rose Bond and her team will transform the walls of the Schnitz into an animated backdrop for Turangalîla,a symphonic dance of love and joy. Next spring, master stage designer, costumer, and puppet maker Michael Curry will mount magical scenery for Stravinsky’s Perséphone, a musical version
Hers’s a list of some of the Oregon Symphony offerings for the 2016/2017 season:
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The Shanghai Acrobats of the
People’s Republic of ChinaWednesday, September 7, 2016 | 7:30 pm. This riveting acrobatic group will thrill you with astonishing acts that have dazzled audiences the world over. China’s preeminent company of acrobats will thrill your whole family with its winning combination of athleticism, energy, and charm.The Oregon Symphony does not perform.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Norman Huynh, conductor
Back by popular demand! One of the most iconic R&B groups in music history returns to the Oregon Symphony. The four-time Grammy Award winners have thrilled audiences around the world for more than two decades with their smooth harmonies and enduring themes. Count on them for favorites like “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day,” “Motownphilly,” and many others.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony
of the Goddesses – Master Quest Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Amy Andersson, conductor Pacific Youth ChoirJourney to Hyrule and celebrate The Legend of Zelda with “Master Quest,” the next chapter of the multi-media Symphony of the Goddesses tour! Chronicling favorite moments from the franchise’s 30-year history, “Master Quest” also includes never-before-performed scores and gorgeous, larger-than-life gameplay imagery from the latest Zelda release, Tri Force Heroes.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Monday, September 26, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Carlos Kalmar, conductor • Viktoria Vizin, Judith • Gábor Bretz, Bluebeard • MaryAnne Glazebrook, former wife • Myia Johnson, former wife • Ithica Tell, former wife • Dale Chihuly, glass sculptures set designer • Mary Birnbaum, stage director
Rogerson:Among Mountains (World Premiere)
Oregon Symphony commission celebrating our
120th Anniversary Season with generous support
from William D. Rutherford Mozart: Symphony No. 31, “Paris” • Bartók:Bluebeard’s Castle
Dale Chihuly’s magnificent works of art provide a stunning visual dimension for Béla Bartók’s dark and mysterious opera. Mozart’s celebratory Symphony No. 31 balances the evening nicely. And what kicks off a 120th Anniversary Season better than a world premiere?
Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Brent Havens, conductor Tony Vincent, vocals
His music lives on! A full rock band and vocalist join the orchestra to celebrate the one-of-a-kind genius in a sensational musical odyssey through his unforgettable body of work with “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl,” and many more.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis returns to Portland for one night only! It’s impossible to say enough about this extraordinary musician and this magnificent orchestra. Suffice it to say, this will be an evening of jazz played by the very best.
The Oregon Symphony does not perform.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 3 pm. Long before becoming world-renowned as the iconic George Costanza on “Seinfeld,” Jason Alexander was a Tony Award-winning Broadway song and dance man. His appearance features an hilarious re-telling of his journey to and on the Broadway stage with great music from the theater, along with comedy and audience interaction. It’s a much-heralded performance of music, laughter, and fun.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Itzhak Perlman, violin Rohan De Silva, piano
Brahms: Sonata No. 2 Ravel: Sonata No. 2
The reigning virtuoso of the violin returns once more to share his remarkable artistry and irrepressible joy for making music. This will be a rare evening with the 16-time Grammy winner who continues to thrill audiences around the world.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 2 pm
Monday, October 24, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Carlos Kalmar, conductor • Colin Currie, percussion
Rouse: Supplica • Andrew Norman: Switch for solo percussion and orchestra Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)
Scotland’s most famous musical export (after the bagpipes) begins his second year as our own Artist-in-Residence with the West Coast premiere of a new American percussion concerto. After intermission, revel in the humorous twists of Strauss’ tongue-in-cheek self-portrait.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Monday, October 31, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Carlos Kalmar, conductor • Joseph Swensen, violin
Janáček:From the House of the Dead Prelude Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3, “The Fiery Angel” • Barber: Violin Concerto Bach/Stokowski: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
A classical Halloween! Get set for an evening of musical thrills and chills featuring Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Prokofiev’s almost demonic “Fiery Angel,” and, on the lyrical side, Barber’s gorgeously melodic Violin Concerto.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 2 pm
Monday, November 7 | 7:30 pm. Hans Graf, conductor • Martha Long, flute • Martin Hébert, oboe • James Shields, clarinet • Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon • Jeffrey Work, trumpet • John Cox, horn • Daniel Cloutier, trombone
Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale • Martin: Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
Two remarkable symphonies team up: Beethoven’s musical paean to the beauties of nature and Schumann’s joyful Overture, Scherzo and Finale. Plus symphony wind and brass principals take center stage in Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 7:30 pm. It’s election day! Regardless of how your favorite candidates are faring, it’s time for political parody at its hilarious best. Cast your ballots, then sit back and enjoy the nation’s leading political satirists as they put the “mock” back in democracy.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Norman Huynh, conductor
In the action-adventure franchise of the century, Harrison Ford stars as the intrepid archaeologist with a penchant for adventure. Go back to where it all began, as Indiana Jones is brought to life by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and the Oregon Symphony orchestra, playing John Williams’ memorable score.
Friday, November 11, 2016 | 7:30 pm. With their extraordinary mix of opera, pop, folk and more, multi-platinum winning Il Divo has become the most successful classical crossover group in history. Now they’ll bring the smoldering passion and sultry rhythms of Spain, Cuba, and Argentina to Portland in a one-night-only performance!
Saturday, November 19, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 20, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Monday, November 21, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Ludovic Morlot, conductor • Stephen Hough, piano
Debussy: Cortege and Dance Air from L’enfant prodigue Chausson: Symphony in B-flat Major
• Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian” Ravel: La valse
Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot leads the Symphony for the very first time. He’s joined by MacArthur “Genius” grant award-winning pianist Stephen Hough who returns to tackle Saint-Saëns’ final piano concerto, nicknamed “Egyptian” for its exotic sounds.
Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman (ARW):
An Evening of YES Music and MoreTuesday, November 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Jon Anderson, vocals Trevor Rabin, guitar Rick Wakeman, keyboardThree defining members of the British prog rock band Yes – Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman – reunite for hits like “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “And You and I” in this much-anticipated 2016 tour.The Oregon Symphony does not perform.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 2 pm
Monday, December 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Carlos Kalmar, conductor • Steven Osborne, piano • Cynthia Millar, ondes martenot • Rose Bond & PNCA, video animators
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde • Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphony
Renowned video animator Rose Bond and her team transform the hall in this original production. Watch in amazement as the walls become a riveting, visual stage for Messiaen’s symphonic dance of love and joy.
Friday, December 9, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 | 4 pm. This 18-year tradition keeps getting bigger and better. The region’s premier gospel singers and the Oregon Symphony orchestra will have you on your feet, clapping and shouting, celebrating the true spirit of the season. Don’t miss out on this exhilarating experience!
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Norman Huynh, conductor Oregon Repertory Singers
Everyone’s favorite feel-good holiday classic! Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed star in the timeless tale of a discouraged businessman whose guardian angel helps him discover the far-reaching influence of everyday kindness. The orchestra performs the uplifting soundtrack in real time. Projected in HD, in its original black and white format.
Friday, December 30, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 31, 2016 | 7:30 pm. Carlos Kalmar, conductor Portland Symphonic Choir Amber Wagner, soprano Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor Dashon Burton, bass-baritone
What better way to start the New Year than this celebration of triumph and joy! Beethoven’s Ninth and the full-throated glory of its soaring Ode to Joy will have you ready to pop the cork and welcome in an exhilarating New Year.
Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 2 pm
Monday, January 16, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Carlos Kalmar, conductor • Alban Gerhardt, cello
Franck: The Breezes (Les Éolides) • Dutilleux: A Whole Distant World (Cello Concerto) Haydn: Symphony No. 80 Respighi: The Pines of Rome
Laureate Music Director James DePreist made Respighi’s majestic Pines of Rome an Oregon Symphony signature. Enjoy it now with Music Director Carlos Kalmar’s deft touch. Add to that a performance from one of our favorite soloists, Alban Gerhardt, and you’ve got a night to remember.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Norman Huynh, conductor
The Denver-based indie rock band DeVotchKa powers into new territory. Long renowned for their lush sound and eclectic mix of genres, they’re ready to show Portland what happens when they combine their intimate melodies with the full orchestral power of the Oregon Symphony.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ Film Concert
Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 2 pm. Justin Freer, conductor Pacific Youth Choir
The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Oregon Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Monday, January 30, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Carlos Kalmar, conductor • Stefan Jackiw, violin
Shepherd: Magiya • Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 Stravinsky:The Fairy’s Kiss Divertimento Tchaikovsky:Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy
In the depths of winter, we’ll warm you with the music of Russia’s greatest composers: the passion of Tchaikovsky’sRomeo and Juliet, Stravinsky’s brilliant take on Tchaikovsky’s musical ideas, and violinist Stefan Jackiw’s interpretation of Prokofiev’s opulent Violin Concerto.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Japan’s most celebrated Taiko ensemble is an exhilarating blend of drumming, athleticism, and theater. The whole family will be blown away by Kodo’s dazzling display and explosive sound!
Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 2 pm. Norman Huynh, conductor Pam Mahon, narrator Pacific Youth Choir and Dance West
We’ll spirit the young audience away for a musical adventure inside the orchestra with Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. But we promise to bring them back with smiles on their faces!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Norman Huynh, conductor Storm Large, vocals
When Storm Large joins the band, she sets hearts to pounding. When it comes to love, few singers approach matters of the heart with the gusto, the passion, and, yes, the grit, of this powerful performer.
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 3 pm. One of the spiciest concerts of the season! Dazzling dancers, some of Portland’s hottest tango musicians, and the inimitable Pepe Raphael bring the tango to vivid life. It’ll be sizzling at The Schnitz.
Monday, February 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Brent Havens, conductor
Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, The Music of Prince celebrates all of Prince’s exceptional tunes. Expect to enjoy songs like “Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “When Doves Cry.” The Oregon Symphony orchestra, amplified with a full rock band and vocals, captures Prince’s distinct sound while presenting some familiar and lots of new musical colors!
Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Monday, February 27, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Christoph König, conductor • Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Adams: Slonimsky’s Earbox • Schumann: Piano Concerto Elgar: Enigma Variations
Two brilliant masterworks make for an extraordinary musical experience. Each variation in Elgar’s most popular work is an emotional tribute to friends and family. And acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Kahane returns to perform Schumann’s thrilling tour-de-force.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Norman Huynh, conductor
The special friendship between 10-year-old Elliott and a homesick alien still touches audiences in an emotional way. Part fantasy, part science fiction, and so totally lovable that
it won four Academy Awards® – including Best Score for John Williams’ music. The orchestra’s live performance with E.T. on the big screen is an experience the whole family will enjoy!
The most popular and most performed cello concerto of all time, paired with an exciting new commissioned work – and second world premiere of this Anniversary Season – from Portland composer Kenji Bunch, heralded by The New York Times as “a composer to watch.”
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm. He’s a brilliant actor and writer, and the tallest member of Monty Python. He’s also a founding father of modern comedy, whose multitude of fans will be hanging on his every word!
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2 pm. Carlos Kalmar, conductor • Gil Shaham, violin
Richard Heuberger:The Opera Ball Overture Johann Strauss, Jr.:Indigo and the Four Thieves Overture • Korngold: Violin Concerto Suppé:Poet and Peasant Overture Josef Strauss: Dynamiden waltzes Richard Strauss:Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Viva Vienna! While the night away with Carlos, the orchestra, and some of the greatest music composed by Viennese composers and played by one of the most extraordinary violinists of our time.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Monday, April 10, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor • Katie Van Kooten, soprano • Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano • Jack Swanson, tenor • Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone • Members of Portland Symphonic Choir
Purcell/Talbot: Chacony in G minor • Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements • Mozart: Requiem (Levin completion)
A performance to ponder the meaning of life. The immortal music Mozart wrote on his own deathbed and left unfinished makes a fitting companion piece for Igor Stravinsky’s powerful Symphony in Three Movements, written to commemorate WWII.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 2 pm
Monday, April 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Jun Märkl, conductor • Simone Lamsma, violin
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) • Britten: Violin Concerto Hosokawa: Circulating Ocean Debussy: La Mer (The Sea)
Debussy’s most sensuous work powers an evening of oceanic currents, with sea-going works by both Hosakawa and Mendelssohn. Renowned violinist Simone Lamsma returns to perform Britten’s Spanish Civil War-inspired Violin Concerto.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 3 pm. Grammy Award winner Patti Austin has been wowing audiences since her childhood debut at the iconic Apollo Theater. Now, with 17 albums to her credit including her 2002 Grammy-nominated recording “For Ella,” she’ll thrill us with her electrifying renditions of the First Lady of Song’s legendary hits – “How High the Moon,” “The Man I Love,” “Too Close for Comfort,” and many more.
He’s worked with The Walt Disney Company, Cirque du Soleil, and the Olympics, and now Michael Curry brings his exhilarating stage magic to our performance of Stravinsky’s most tender work and the mythic story of the origin of the seasons.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 2 pm
Monday, May 22, 2017 | 7:30 pm. Carlos Kalmar, conductor Tamara Wilson, soprano Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo soprano Portland State Chamber Choir, Man Choir, and Vox Femina
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”
Like Beethoven’s Ninth which inspired it, Mahler’s massive Second Symphony explodes the symphonic genre. The monumental sweep of this groundbreaking soundscape miraculously encompasses life, death, and resurrection. What an epic way to end the 120th Anniversary Season!
The Oregon Symphony currently has 76 professional musicians on contract, and is led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar. Each year it engages dozens of guest conductors and artists, both popular and classical, to perform with the orchestra. The organization’s operating expense budget was $16.2 million in FY ’15, of which just over 78% was spent on programs.
The Oregon Symphony is managed by a full-time staff of 37 who are responsible for concert production, marketing, public relations, education, community engagement, fundraising, customer service, accounting, and financial reporting.
It is governed by a volunteer board of directors who, together with the trustees of the Oregon Symphony Foundation, last year contributed thousands of hours and almost $1.5 million in support of the organization. The Oregon Symphony performs nearly 80 concerts a year at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, in a wide range of music to suit many tastes and preferences. It presents two end-of-summer outdoor concerts in Portland and travels regularly for performances in Salem, Newberg and smaller communities elsewhere in the state. It also provides an award-winning program of educational and community engagement activities.
The Oregon Symphony’s programs serve more than 225,000 people annually. It is supported by thousands of individuals, businesses and foundations and receives funding from the Regional Arts & Cultural Council, the State of Oregon Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Symphony’s principal volunteer organization, Friends of the Oregon Symphony, supplies valuable volunteer assistance and fundraising revenue.
Now in its 120th season, the Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi.
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