Welcome to your Oregon Symphony’s 2018/19 Season. This year, our theme is stories, and storytelling will feature in our programs from Classical to Kids, Popcorn, and Pops. A special series, SoundStories, will further explore the power of storytelling in three exceptional concerts that intertwine diverse performance genres. But first, we are privileged to present the world’s foremost operatic soprano, Renée Fleming, on Opening Night. As our work also reaches beyond the concert hall, we will partner with OHSU’s Brain Institute and Ms. Fleming to present "Music and the Mind," a discussion on music and neuroscience (full details below).
Through events like these, Oregon Symphony is committed to bringing the joy of music to more people in new ways. We are one of the oldest orchestras in the United States, yet our vision – to inspire audiences, present the best musicians, and build a stronger community – is bold and adventurous. Artistic excellence, innovative programming, and robust community engagement make the Oregon Symphony a part of your story.
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.
A program book from the first concert of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The program included Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony and selections from Wagner'sTannhäuse.