Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Oregon Symphony invited to the big dance - Carnegie Hall!

The Oregon Symphony has been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2011 as part of the new Spring for Music Festival. The orchestra is one of seven that will play in Carnegie in this new music series that is "designed to spotlight the artistic vision of orchestras dedicated to distinctive and adventurous programming." Festival organizers are calling this festival “a high-profile artistic laboratory for programming and concert experimentation in the world’s most competitive and visible musical environment.”

The 2011 festival includes seven concerts over nine night nights, May 6-14. The Oregon Symphony, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar conducting, will perform on Thursday, May 12. Also invited are Albany, Atlanta, Dallas, Montreal, Oregon and Toledo Symphony Orchestras and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

“The invitation to appear at the first Spring for Music festival is a tremendous endorsement of what the orchestra has achieved over the past six years under music director Carlos Kalmar”, said Oregon Symphony Association president Elaine Calder. “This gives us a chance to show to the rest of the country what a great orchestra we have here. Playing at Carnegie Hall is the dream of every classical musician and ensemble – it’s simply the venue, and the ultimate testing ground. This is a terrific opportunity to build morale and support at home, and burnish our national reputation."

“We hope many of our friends and supporters will join us on the trip to New York, and we’ll be starting work immediately to raise the money to go, and to organize some very special events both in Portland and in Manhattan.”

Wow! This is great news and a triple-depth-charge espresso for the Oregon Symphony. Congratulations to the everyone at the OSO!

Click here to read all about this in the New York Times.

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