Biography

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 PENTATONE.  These three last CDs garnered three Grammy Award nominations, including two for Best Orchestral Performance. Today, 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.
 
Photo by: Beth Nakamura
 

Discography

Elgar-Vaughan Williams-Britten - THIS ENGLAND

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Music for a Time of War

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George Antheil, Walter Piston, Aaron Copland - Spirit of the American Range

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Haydn - Symphonies Nos. 53, 64 & 96

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