A night out at the Oregon Symphony

By reeset / On / In Family, Programming

It was too bad that most folks at the Code4Lib conference had to leave early today because they missed out a one fantastic concert put on by the Oregon Symphony in Salem.  This is the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Symphony playing in Salem, OR so they Symphony put on a free concert for the community.  For 2 1/2 hours, some of the best players in Oregon entertained the crowd.  As I said, it was a fantastic concert and the piano player, Kirill Gerstein, was fantastic.  The music director was Carlos Kalmar.  The music played was:

  • Manhattan Broadcasts (Heinz Gruber); movements Tammany Hall and Radio City.
  • Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra (Maurice Ravel); movements Allegramente, Adagio assai and Presto.
  • Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin)
  • Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin)

The official program description can be found here.  As I said, Kirill Gerstein’s rendition of Allegramente and Adagio assai and his rendition of Rhapsody in Blue were just fantastic…in fact, the Symphony’s rendition of Rhapsody in Blue resulted in a spontaneous standing ovation. 

–Terry