January 2, 2015
OREGON SYMPHONY’S 2014 CRESCENDOS TO A BIG NOTE
When hundreds of balloons dropped from the ceiling of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall at the New Year’s Eve “Ode to Joy” celebration, the uproarious applause sounded a rousing conclusion to a spectacular calendar year.
“The Oregon Symphony has grown, in both its artistic quality and its community impact,” said President Scott Showalter. “Still, we are in a crescendo mode. And our growth will continue as the second half of the 2014/15 season unfolds.”
Highlights of 2014 include:
- Scott Showalter hired as the Company’s new President
- Fifth consecutive fiscal year with a budget surplus
- Record ticket sales and record number of new contributors
- Record number of new ticket buyers in the first four months of the 2014/15 season, contributing to several sold-out concerts
- Record attendance at the Waterfront Concert, the biggest free community concert in Oregon
- 13 new members added to the Board of Directors
The whole year was capped off by one, important last-minute addition: the birth of a son to Music Director Carlos Kalmar and his wife Raffaela. Luca Pedro was born at 7:05 am on December 31, which explains why Carlos’ performance that same night conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony appeared especially joyous. Mother and son are thriving.