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From Classical to Pop, Movie Buffs to Kids, the Oregon Symphony’s New Season Unites Through Music

Within the season there are four distinct series of concerts geared to a range of musical tastes, showcasing ways live music brings people of all ages and backgrounds together and creates common ground.

Presented by Oregon Symphony March 1, 2023


Your Oregon Symphony’s 2023-2024 season launches on March 9, and it promises to deliver the power of shared musical experiences, from classical masterpieces and remarkable guest artists, to screening of favorite films with live orchestra, and family-friendly kids’ concerts. 

World-famed cellist and champion for culture’s impact on humanity, Yo-Yo Ma, will premiere the 2023-2024 season in a concert on September 10.

Yo-Yo Ma premieres the season September 10

Yo-Yo Ma, world-renowned cellist and champion for culture’s impact on humanity, will kick off the season with the Oregon Symphony on September 10. This is one of nine Add-On concerts, which will only be available to subscribers until later this summer.

Classical Series — 18 concerts in three different packages

The Oregon Symphony’s Classical Series offers a choice of three different packages, each developed by Oregon Symphony’s Music Director, David Danzmayr. These include Mahler’s First Symphony, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah for the holiday season, and famed works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and more; and spotlights acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham, pianist Conrad Tao, and Oregon Symphony artist-in-residence and violinist Simone Lamsma.

Oregon Symphony’s Popcorn Series presents the ultimate movie night, where audiences view blockbuster movies on a huge screen while the orchestra plays the film score live.

Pops Series — Storm Large, George Gershwin, acrobats and famous film scores

Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads a spectacular, sparkling Pops Series in four concerts that spotlight music spanning a variety of eras. Enjoy Portland’s beloved vocalist Storm Large with America’s Got Talent star Jimmie Herrod with the Oregon Symphony, an acrobatic performance by Troupe Vertigo set to symphonic music; and music by famed film composer John Williams, known for his scores for Star Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T.-The Extra Terrestrial, JAWS, Harry Potter and more. In celebration of the 125th anniversary of George Gershwin’s birth, a concert is dedicated to his contributions to American music and features his popular jazz standards.

Popcorn Series — the ultimate movie night

The Popcorn Series is tailor-made for film buffs who want the ultimate movie night experience, as each concert projects iconic films on a huge screen while the orchestra performs the score live. The four films-cum-concerts include Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Toy Story and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows™ Part 1.

For its Classical Series, the Oregon Symphony’s Music Director, David Danzmayr, has created three different packages that showcase 18 concerts of outstanding classical music performances.

Music For Families — especially for kids

At an hour long and priced for families, these concerts feature fun music tied to the themes of adventure, sports, and magic. This series, featuring the concerts Trills & Treasures, Musical Olympics and Wands & Wizards, is the perfect outing for the whole family and a great introduction to the symphony for young listeners. 

Special Add-On Concerts

Nine Add-On Concerts, mostly one night only throughout the season, can be purchased along with any subscription package. First of these, and sure to be a sell-out, is the September 10 season Premiere with Yo-Yo-Ma and the Oregon Symphony conducted by Music Director David Danzmayr.  Additional Add-Ons include The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert, with the Oregon Symphony playing the movie score live while the classic Christmas tale is projected on a huge screen.

Other holiday concerts in the group are Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Holiday Brass, Comfort & Joy featuring season classics, Gospel Christmas, Kristin Chenoweth and Pink Martini. These are bookended by Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer with Rakesh Chaurasia in November and the martial arts/acrobatic/drum group Drum Tao in April.

Classical Series concerts are offered Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Pops and Popcorn Series concerts are offered Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Music for Families is offered Sundays at 2pm. 

Subscriber benefits

Concerts are only available as part of a subscription package starting on March 9 until single tickets are available later this summer. Oregon Symphony subscribers enjoy a number of benefits, including the best seats, which can be kept season after season; as much as 20% savings over individual tickets, with no handling fees; free ticket exchanges; VIP access to rehearsal passes to see musicians in action; first to purchase advance tickets to new concerts, and a payment plan with no extra fees. 

To purchase a subscription to your Oregon Symphony’s 2023-2024 season programming, visit orsymphony.org or call 503-228-1353.





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