The Oregon Symphony Portland’s largest performing arts group, which was founded in 1896 as the Portland Symphony, is the oldest American orchestra west of the Mississippi. Major artists have worked with the ensemble throughout its history, including Otto Klemperer, Erick Leinsdorf, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Georges Enesco, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Vladimir Horowitz, Rudolf Serkin, David Oistrakh, Pablo Casals and Yo-Yo Ma.
Since its first CD recording in 1987, the orchestra has recorded 20 CDs, the most recent three in SACD with the PENTATONE label.
A 90-minute television special produced by CBS affiliate KOIN Channel 6 in honor of the Symphony’s Centennial featured DePreist and the orchestra in a performance of its signature work, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, and was awarded a Northwest Regional Emmy in June of 1997. In May of 1997 the orchestra was featured on PBS’ Newshour with Jim Lehrer.
Today, the Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras and as one of the largest arts organizations in the Northwest. Its 76 musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director Carlos Kalmar, perform a full range of concerts – classical to pops, youth concerts to one-of-a-kind special events – for an audience that exceeds 225,000 people each season. The orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 as a part of the Spring for Music festival.
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