Oregon Symphony’s 125th season: in person, with new music director and acoustic upgrades to concert hall

Posted on: March 12, 2021

“The Oregon Symphony on Tuesday announced its plans for returning to the stage to celebrate its 125th season in the fall of 2021 with a full slate of concerts and a significant sound upgrade,” writes Rosemarie Stein in Tuesday’s (3/9) Oregonian (Portland). “The symphony has been shuttered since coronavirus restrictions went into effect in March 2020. Under the direction of new music director David Danzmayr … the symphony’s 2021-22 season will bring a new concert-going experience for audiences at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. During the performance break, the venue has been equipped with a new Meyer Constellation Acoustic System … the biggest upgrade to the [hall] since it became the symphony’s permanent home 40 years ago. Danzmayr’s first season also brings the formation of a Creative Alliance, which Danzmayr described as ‘musical innovators, who will harness their own unique perspectives throughout this historic season.’ … The symphony has scheduled its opening performances for Oct. 2-4. Danzmayr will conduct Mahler’s second symphony ‘Resurrection.’ Other highlights include … Dvořák’s ‘New World’ … Handel’s ‘Messiah’ … and Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ symphony … [and] Pops Concerts and family concerts…. Violinist Joshua Bell … pianist Yefim Bronfman and … violinist James Ehnes are on the schedule.”