welcome to the 2019/20 season

Oregon Symphony President Scott Showalter and Music Director Carlos Kalmar have announced the Oregon Symphony’s 2019/20 Season.

“Among this season’s many highlights, we are delighted to reveal the expansion of our classical season to 18 weeks, and our total season to 40 weeks,” announced Showalter. “At a time when most symphonies are scaling back programming, we’re bringing Oregonians a season with more of their favorite music, the world’s most in-demand artists, and the kind of innovative collaborations that have brought the Oregon Symphony national recognition.”

This season the Symphony brings back its popular SoundSights Series with three visually stunning commissions incorporating a rich tapestry of artistic elements. Portland-based designer Michael Curry will bring Revueltas’ Night of the Mayas to life with his awe-inspiring large-scale puppetry. Award-winning media artist Rose Bond will create breathtaking animation to illuminate the entire theater inspired by Berio’s Sinfonia. This production also features the remarkable vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth.  Finally, audiences will be swept away by Sibelius’ The Tempest, incorporating a live cast of actors to bring a dramatic visual element to Shakespeare’s tale.

More highlights of the season include:

  • Blockbusters of the classical repertoire with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Stravinsky’s Firebird, Mahler’s Sixth, Beethoven’s Fifth, and Smetana’s The Moldau.

  • Portland premieres of more than 25 compositions and a rich mix of the most exciting contemporary composers including Andy Akiho, John Adams, Gabriella Smith, Oscar Bettison, and George Walker among others.

  • World-class artists including the return of reigning violin virtuosos Itzhak Perlman performing Beethoven, and Joshua Bell performing Dvořák. The incomparable Garrick Ohlsson will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, and Oregon Symphony’s Artist-in-Residence, Johannes Moser, will premiere Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto to Portland audiences.

  • Major choral works from Berio’s Sinfonia sung by Grammy-winning vocal project Roomful of Teeth, to Vaughn Williams’ masterful Sea Symphony and Beethoven’s glorious Ninth. 

  • Another installment of the wildly popular Popcorn Package. This season brings Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackBatman in ConcertGhostbusters, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™. All four films are projected in their entirety on a high-definition screen while the Oregon Symphony performs their dramatic soundtracks.

  • Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik has curated a delightful 5-concert Pops Series. From the Roaring Twenties to the music of Motown, this Series offers a rich variety of entertainment and music. 

Did you Know?

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.

Portland Symphony Orchestra, Bass Section

Portland Symphony Orchestra, Bass Section

A program book from the first concert of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The program included Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony and selections from Wagner'sTannhäuse.