The Oregon Symphony 

The Oregon Symphony Announces the 2024-2025 Season  

Oregon Symphony will showcase the majestic connection between music and the natural world with ‘The Nature of Music’ 

2024/25 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Throughout the season, the theme The Nature of Music will captivate audiences with shared moments of focus in which the Oregon Symphony explores the power of music as a unifying social force. 

  • Oregon Symphony Music Director David Danzmayr will conduct the season opener, Richard Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony, featuring a grand and awe-inspiring performance of over 100 musicians depicting the natural landscape, beauty and challenges of an Alpine mountain. 
     
  • Oregon Symphony Creative Chair Gabriel Kahane’s world premiere of Talent & Phoenix is a work that reflects on the Almeda Fire that devastated the Rogue Valley in 2020.  
  • Principal Cello and composer Nancy Ives will perform her piece, Celilo Falls: We Were There (New Version for Orchestra). 
  • The season culminates with Danzmayr conducting Mahler’s Third Symphony, a work that progresses from the awakening of nature to the contemplation of human existence, expressing the intersection of nature, humankind, and music.
  • Composer-in-Residence Andy Akiho premieres a new concerto for cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.
  • Contemporary composers and artists including Xavier Foley will perform his co-commissioned piece, New Double Bass Concerto No. 2.
  • British composer and pianist Sir Stephen Hough will perform hissolo piano concerto The World of Yesterday in a program that includes Mozart’s first and last symphony.
  • World-renowned guest artists include pianistsYefim Bronfman,Garrick Ohlsson, and Joyce Yang.
  • Legendary jazz pianistMakoto Ozone, will showcase his inspiring rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
  • A Portland favorite and only American to win the Gold Medal at the International Chopin Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, will perform Chopin’s First Piano Concerto in the season opener.

The Oregon Symphony announces its live concert season programming for 2024-2025 in Portland and Salem. Opening on September 21, 2024, the upcoming season embraces the theme, The Nature of Music, by exploring the powerful connection between music and nature with a focus on harnessing the power of music as a social force. The season aims to rekindle deep bonds with nature and explore how music can inspire the resolve to endure and face the challenges of our changing environment.

“We will embark on a journey that explores the interplay of music and nature, unlocking a source of inspiration,” says Oregon Symphony President and CEO, Isaac Thompson. “The upcoming season aspires to take us beyond the music to the sounds, sights, and places that uniquely speak to the cultural fabric of our shared experiences as Oregonians, helping us to reflect and even confront today’s challenges.”

MUSIC DIRECTOR DAVID DANZYMAYR TAKES THE STAGE

Season highlights with Danzmayr include the 2024 season premiere on September 21-23, 2024.  Danzmayr embraces The Nature of Music as he conducts An Alpine Symphony. In a grand and awe-inspiring orchestration, more than 100 musicians will embody The Nature of Music in a musical depiction of the natural landscape, beauty, and challenges of an Alpine mountain.  

“The 2024/25 Season focuses on the connection between music, nature, and our emotions, which is part of the innate human experience and often reflects the times,” says Oregon Symphony Music Director David Danzmayr. “In our upcoming season, we will seek to tap into the relationship between music and nature to inspire joy, awe, and calm, as well as emotional and social connections.”

Danzmayr will conduct three show stopping performances of Beethoven’s works. First, on back-to-back weekends, Danzmayr will conduct Beethoven’s Emperor, featuring Beethoven’s heroic piano concerto by the globally acclaimed Yefim Bronfman. The following weekend, January 18-20, 2025, Danzmayr leads the Oregon Symphony in an ode to the power of dance in Exhilarating Beethoven, in which the Oregon Symphony performs Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

In a night graced by Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite, Danzmayr will conduct a rarely performed work, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang,” also known as Hymn of Praise on February 22-24, 2025.

Danzmayr again brings nature to the center stage on April 12-14, 2025 with depictions of babbling brooks, birdsong and booming thunderstorms that represent the beauty and power of the Austrian countryside in Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony. Creative Chair Gabriel Kahane considers how our local communities can unite when a crisis comes to our front doors in his work Talent & Phoenix. Through this new song cycle for vocal soloists and orchestra, Kahane asks, “How is memory remade, and community rebuilt, when the buildings that housed our past are reduced to ash?”

Closing out the season, Danzmayr will conduct Mahler’s Third Symphony. One of the longest symphonies, this work is a powerful exploration of nature’s diverse forms and its profound impact on the human experience. 

COMPOSERS & FEATURED ARTISTS

The Oregon Symphony is proud to present critically acclaimed artists who will perform their original compositions throughout the 2024/25 season. 

The Oregon Symphony’s Principal Cello and composer Nancy Ives will perform her piece, Celilo Falls: We Were There (New Version for Orchestra). Additional Portland-based artists include Vietnamese American composer Oswald Huynh whose original piece on intergenerational trauma and cultural inheritance, Gia Đình (meaning “family” in Vietnamese), will be performed by the Oregon Symphony, and Composer-in-Residence Andy Akiho premieres a new concerto for cellist Jeffrey Zeigler. As Xavier Foley completes his three-year term as the Composer-in-Residence for the Oregon Symphony, audiences have the opportunity to experience his virtuosity in a performance of the New Double Bass Concerto No. 2, a piece co-commissioned by the Oregon Symphony. 

OREGON SYMPHONY DEBUTS

Oregon Symphony continues to bring world-renowned guest artists to Oregon such as Makoto Ozone in his riveting rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Especially celebrated for his expertise in the works of Wagner, Asher Fisch will conduct Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman along with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.” This concert features solo pianist Joyce Yang. 

Additionally, acclaimed British conductor Dame Jane Glover will conduct two Baroque favorites, Handel’s Water Music and Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in A Major, featuring Awadagin Pratt as a solo pianist, playing Jessie Montgomery’s Grammy Award winning Rounds for Piano and Strings. Violinist Paul Huang, considered to be one of the most distinctive artists of his generation, brings his virtuosity to Korngold’s Violin Concerto, which marries European romanticism with the gilded glamour of Hollywood film scores. And, violinist Clara-Jumi Kang is the featured soloist in Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony Violin Concerto. One of the world’s greatest pipa players, Wu Man, will perform a concerto by Zhao Jiping as part of a program with Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

POPULAR FAVORITES

This year’s Pops Series features the Oregon Symphony performing popular musical hits from a variety of eras, including The Sounds of Space, Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, Marvel vs. DC, and the retro-packed Back to the ‘80s. The popular Popcorn Concert Series returns with the orchestra performing scores live as films are projected on the big screen. Feature films include Close Encounters of the Third KindFrozenHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ Part 2, and Back To The Future.

The hour-long concerts in the Music For Families series return with engaging and interactive concerts perfect for young music lovers. This season’s programming thoughtfully incorporates The Nature of Music theme in Melodies of the Animal Kingdom, The Sounds of Science, Adventures in the Great Outdoors, and Peter & The Wolf.

The Oregon Symphony will bring the holiday spirit to life with the 25th annual performance of Gospel Christmas. In addition, this holiday season Associate Conductor Deanna Tham will conduct Love Actually in concert. Tham also will bring to life a new holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring live actors and the timeless music of Vince Guaraldi performed by the Oregon Symphony. Furthermore, audiences will be mesmerized by the taiko drumming of Kodō, and Philip Glass’ influential Koyaanisqatsi will be performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble and the Oregon Symphony.

Subscribe now for the best 2024/25 season seats. Individual ticket sales for all concerts go on sale in August 2024. Ticket information and pricing are available at www.orsymphony.org or by calling 503-228-1353. 

About Oregon Symphony

The multi-Grammy Award-nominated Oregon Symphony, led by Music Director David Danzmayr, serves more than 250,000 people annually through live concerts, and education and community engagement programs. Through innovative initiatives such as the Creative Alliance, the Oregon Symphony engages cultural thought-leaders to bring a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and inspiring musical experiences to our community that go beyond the concert hall and support the Symphony’s mission to move music forward. Online programming and syndicated broadcasts extend the Oregon Symphony’s reach to tens of millions more children and adults around the world. The Oregon Symphony has delighted audiences for more than 125 years and is the oldest orchestra in the Western United States. For more information, visit www.orsymphony.org. Follow Oregon Symphony on Instagram and Facebook.   

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