The Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi. The premiere on October 30, 1896 was conducted by local musician W. H. Kinross. Then known as the Portland Symphony, the concert was held at the 1750-seat Marquam Grand Opera House.
A program book from the first concert of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The program included Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony and selections from Wagner'sTannhäuse.