Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Monday, May 20
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
"The Oregon Symphony Orchestra puts on a few different types of concerts, and three of those types are on the books for May.
- On May 4, Norman Huynh conducts the OSO and guest choirs from Portland State University in a live performance of the score to Miloš Forman's 1984 film Amadeus, with the score deftly synchronized to the film projected on a giant screen above the orchestra. Unlike similar performances of thoroughly cinematic scores like Star Wars, this concert doubles as a performance of a whole lot of Mozart. The music is all ages but the film is rated R, so know your kids or leave em at home."
- May 11-13, Carlos Kalmar conducts Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's popular Peer Gynt score with visualizations by designer Alexander Polzin. This the third concert of OSO's popular Sound Series, bringing together visual artists and musicians for delightfully polysensory shows. Previous concerts have featured animation, projection mapping, and all kinds of puppetry. Also on the program: Benjamin Britten’s Rimbaud-inspired Les Illuminations, featuring soprano Jane Archibald.
- OSO closes its season with a Mahler symphony, his deceptively pretty first one, the "Titan." The concerts May 18-20 also feature Kurt Weill's satirical ballet chanté, The Seven Deadly Sins, with Pink Martini chanteuse Storm Large in the lead roles (Anna I and Anna II) and vocal quartet Hudson Shad—Seven Deadly Sins specialists who've been singing the work for three decades—as Anna's Family. Listeners familiar with Weill from his Threepenny Opera can expect more of the sardonic dark cabaret sound the composer is famous for.
- Oregon Arts Watch