Time to start planning for your First Thursday and Labor day weekend in Portland. The Oregon Symphony kicks off its new season with their 16th annual concert at the Waterfront Park this coming Thursday. 15,000+ people are expected to attend the event which includes music, dancing, fireworks, cannons, and more.
Plus, it’s all FREE.
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Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert
Thursday, Sept 1, 2011
Tom McCall Waterfront Park | 1020 Naito Pkwy
More info: www.orsymphony.org/waterfront
5 PM Portland Youth Philharmonic
7 PM Oregon Symphony
The annual tradition of launching the Oregon Symphony season with a FREE park concert continues with the much anticipated Symphony performance at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. No tickets are required. Bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating.
Closing festivities include the traditional grand finale – Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with an elaborate fireworks show, complete with military canons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery.
What's So Special About This Concert:
- A popular Portland end-of-summer tradition now in its 16th year, the Waterfront Concert is the Oregon Symphony's free performance of the year and annually draws its biggest audience. A crowd of 15,000 or more is expected.
- Concert goes green! Instead of printing thousands of programs, most of which are left behind on the grass, this year's concert program will be available as a smartphone app. (iPhones and Androids only). Link to program for those who want to print out programs/don’t have smart phone here.
- Music Director Carlos Kalmar and Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda share the conducting duties.
- Dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre will also take part, performing to three Gershwin tunes.
- The traditional grand finale – and everyone's favorite outdoor show-stopper, the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture – will herald an elaborate fireworks show, complete with military cannons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery.
- Before the Oregon Symphony takes the stage, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, led by Music Director David Hattner, will perform an hour-long concert of its own from 5 to 6 p.m. PYP musicians also join the Oregon Symphony for the 1812 Overture.
- Concert ends with fireworks over the river.
- The concert is funded by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Metro, and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. Additional support is provided by Portland Parks & Recreation. Presenting sponsors of the concert are NW Natural and KOIN-TV.