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This past Thursday night, the Oregon Symphony was broadcast as part of a new series of local and web-streamed broadcasts on our local public classical music station, In the past we’d had a series of broadcasts on the local NPR station, which were then shifted over to the home of classical music on the radio here in Portland. Due to funding issues, the broadcasts were phased out, and last year’s simulcast of our Carnegie Hall debut was the first to be heard in Portland in some time. Thankfully, funding was found, and in May and September of this year the OSO will be heard in three additional broadcast concerts.

As a titled player, I seldom get the chance to hear the orchestra from the perspective of the audience – I’m pretty much playing every piece on every concert (and when I get time off, I stay away from the concert hall). I hear a lot more than an audience member might, but especially in the Schnitz, it’s hard to hear the orchestra in its entirety rather than in its multiplicity of component parts. That’s why playing in Carnegie Hall was such a revelation to we musicians in the orchestra: we finally got to hear what we really sounded like without having to sit in the audience.

So, getting to hear what we sound like in our own hall (albeit in the somewhat manipulated circumstances of a multi-channel, multi-miked recording) was a chance to hear where we’ve come in the past ten years. In short, we’ve become an entirely different orchestra. The string sound is lush, but clear. The brass are ferociously powerful, but also sensitive and capable of a burnished tone. The woodwinds are breathtaking in their virtuosity. And the percussion are accurate, musical, and create countless different sonic effects. I think that our Mozart (and other Classical period) performances are unique among North American orchestras, since we play with limited vibrato and with a keen sense of lithe phrasing and unity of ensemble. We’re now a virtuoso ensemble capable of performances that match any in the US, and maybe the world, given the right direction, repertoire, and inspiration. We have a music director who knows music, and how to get what he wants to suit his vision of that music. We have a great staff that works tirelessly for us twelve months of the year, and we have loyal patrons and fans that come out to every concert we give. That’s not such a bad place to work, especially given that we work in Portland, one of the best cities to live in in the world.

Now, can we get started on finding out how to get a new hall, please?

tune in to the oregon symphony tonight!

Tonight, Thursday the 26th, is the night that the Oregon Symphony regains the airwaves in its first local broadcast performances in several years (aside from the Carnegie Hall concert last year). Here’s the info:

Kahane Plays Mozart
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25
Elgar: Cockaigne (In London Town)
Original concert dates: Feb. 18/19, 2012
Broadcast date: 7:00 pm, Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012

Tune in either by tuning your radio to 89.9 FM (in Oregon/SW Washington), or go to and click on the “listen now” button at the top of the page. It will also be available as an on-demand stream for two weeks from the original broadcast date.

oregon symphony broadcast schedule announced

Finally! The Oregon Symphony is back on the airwaves, and not only our local FM station (89.9 FM, but streamed around the world and available for two weeks after the broadcast date as an archived stream.

Kahane Plays Mozart
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25
Elgar: Cockaigne (In London Town)
Original concert dates: Feb. 18/19, 2012
Broadcast date: 7:00 pm, Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012

Ohlsson Plays Mozart
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Haydn:  Overture in C major
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Original concert dates: Mar. 31, Apr. 1 & 2, 2012
Broadcast date: 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 10, 2012

Arnaldo Cohen Plays Tchaikovsky
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Arnaldo Cohen, piano
Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Dvorák: Scherzo capriccioso
Original concert dates: May 12, 13, 14, 2012
Broadcast date: 7:00 pm, Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Liszt/Adams: The Black Gondola
Adams: City Noir
Dvorák: Nocturne
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Original concert dates: May 20 & 21, 2012
Broadcast date: 7:00 pm, Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012



tune in to the oregon symphony tonight


© Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Portland’s 24 hour classical music station, 89.9 FM, will be broadcasting our Carnegie Hall debut live tonight. If you live in the the station’s broadcast area (much of the state of Oregon), just tune to the frequency for your area (you can find a list of stations and translators here) at 5:00 p.m. PDT. If you live outside of the listening area, then you can click here to listen online at 5:00 PDT.

carnegie broadcasts


If you can’t make it to the Oregon Symphony’s upcoming Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Spring for Music series, you can sit in the comfort of your own home and still be part of this historic event!

Our own (KQAC 98.9 FM) will be broadcasting/streaming the concert at 5:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, May 12 on their website – just click on the ‘Listen Now’ button along the top of their home page.

Here’s a list of KQAC’s other frequencies and translators that cover much of Oregon:

89.9 FM KQAC, greater Portland metro area, Vancouver, Beaverton, Salem, Gresham, Longview/Kelso.

88.1 FM KQOC, along the mid-north Oregon Coast, such as Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Lincoln City, Neotsu.

88.1 FM KQHR, in or near the Columbia Gorge area, such as Cascade Locks , Hood River, White Salmon, Trout Lake, Lyle, Mosier, Parkdale.

96.3 FM KQHR repeater, in The Dalles, Goldendale, Dufur.

99.1 FM KQHR repeater, in The Dalles and Goldendale – temporary signal

WQXR in New York is broadcasting (and simultaneously web streaming) each of the seven concerts on their web site.  To find out details, click here.

all-classical FM program director resigns post

John Dodge, the Program Director of All Classical FM (Portland’s 24 hour classical radio station), has announced his resignation in an email to staff members, volunteers, and board.  He is the latest casualty of the de/recession that has hit Oregon so hard.  Here is the email in its entirety: Continue reading

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Just a heads up – I’ll be on KBPS-FM (All Classical 89.9 FM, or from 2 – 3 p.m. today for their spring pledge drive.  I’m not sure what I’ll be talking about, or with whom I’ll be talking, but it should be fun!