Symphony musicians on the loose!

A tradition is born. In a blitz of activity for one week in spring, Musicians from the Oregon Symphony and Friends provide FREE chamber concerts throughout the greater PDX area!

Here’s how it all started: In 2013, the Oregon Symphony was scheduled to return to Carnegie Hall after a stunning success in 2011, but due to financial constraints, we were unable to make the trip. Individual members of the OSO came together to make the most of our extra week at home, with the goals of celebrating our ties to this community, thanking our supporters, and making new friends. We felt that we had a lot to celebrate and we wanted to invest in the future of this great orchestra, so we decided to travel all over the metro area with a veritable festival of informal chamber music events, guided by the credo “bringing world-class music to you, where you live, work and play.” We decided not to charge admission to these concerts as our gift to the community that sustains us, but gladly accepted donations on behalf of the Oregon Symphony.

It was such a success, we decided to do it again in 2014. Once again, we presented concerts all over town, sometimes in places where you might not expect to see us. We were delighted to once again to meet so many music lovers in their communities! There were loyal fans from the year before and many new friends as well. As before, we set an informal tone so you would feel free to do all the things you would not normally do at a classical concert: take photos, tweet, text, clap between movements, and ask us questions. Sitting on stage with the performers continued to be popular, and the questions were as wonderful as before. (You can relive all the fun by going to ‘Updates” in the menu above and clicking “2014 Events Blog.”) It was clear that we would be doing this again in 2015!

We are almost done with the planning process. In our off-hours, a committee of musicians from the Oregon Symphony has been putting together Classical Up Close 2015. We’ve identified six evenings between April 26 and May 3 when we can offer free evening concerts and we found generous community partners well-distributed around the Portland Metro area to host us in their neighborhoods. You can find the schedule under the menu items “Updates” and “Concert Schedule and Blitz List,” or click this link. We’re doing this on a volunteer basis, as a gift to the community, and we depend on these community partners to make the concerts possible. We continue to talk to community leaders to drum up support and we’re busy setting up Blitzes. We’ve posted sign-up sheets at the Schnitz for our colleagues in the orchestra to offer their musical gifts to fill out the programs. Stay tuned to see the schedule and programs as they are created by following this blog.

This is about bringing world-class music to you — up close! We can’t wait to see you!

4 thoughts on “Symphony musicians on the loose!

  1. Denise Reilly

    I have the 6 evening concert dates, times and locations. But where do I find the where and when the “Blitz” events are happening?

  2. Linda Stern

    Just got back from Reed and the first Classical Up Close concert. It was fabulous!!!! The music was varied, and it was wonderful to meet the musicians and have them talk about themselves and the music. This is an incredible treat for Portland, and I urge everyone to go to one of the performances. You won’t be disappointed!

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