Symphony Performs Two Concerts at Willamette

The Oregon Symphony will perform both a pops concert and a classical concert during October in Smith Auditorium at Willamette University.

The pops concert, titled "The Great Gershwin" and conducted by Jeff Tyzik, is Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu will join the symphony to perform "Rhapsody in Blue," and tenor Doug LaBrecque will sing a medley of show tunes, including "They Can't Take that Away From Me," "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You."

Conductor Carlos Kalmar will lead the orchestra Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in a classical concert that features pianist Kirill Gerstein. The symphony will perform Bach's "Orchestral Suite No. 4," Bernstein's "Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, ‘The Age of Anxiety,'" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7."

Since 1955 the Oregon Symphony, based in Portland, has partnered with Willamette to bring the symphony's classical concerts to the Salem community. Pops concerts were added to the series in 1975. Today the Oregon Symphony in Salem presents a season of nine to ten concerts annually on the Willamette campus.

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