well, the official start of the straight-up classical 2010/11 season is only a week away. after 115 years of doing this, one might think the oregon symphony would be tempted to just phone it in, but no, not these guys. case in point: 15 of the 16 shows will feature music never performed in the orchestra’s history. perhaps even more impressive is that this classical season will include works by 9 living, breathing, active composers. they’re also going to do a percussion concerto (i.e. one guy hitting stuff while the band plays) – who the hell does a percussion concerto?! this unusually kick-ass classical programming is exactly why the orchestra is invited to play carnegie hall next may. don’t get me wrong, i’m also looking forward to hearing mahler, mozart, and Beethoven… i just think they sound even sweeter unfolding in the midst of some rare musical gems.
p.s. the oregon symphony even has some less spendy options for you – at least until midnight tonight