Oregon Symphony's Virtual Gala Fundraiser

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The pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the arts community -- including our beloved Oregon Symphony. But the Symphony is moving forward despite the setback. They are replacing their annual fundraising gala with a virtual event -- that's open to the public! Scott Showalter, president and CEO of the Oregon Symphony, joined us from his home in Portland to tell us how we can help.

The Oregon Symphony's Virtual Gala will be live-streamed on Sunday, April 19 at 7:00 pm on Facebook and the Oregon Symphony website.

  • The live-stream includes a performance by Oregon Symphony musicians who each performed a piece at home..and then those performances were turned into a virtual performance, conducted by Music Director Carlos Kalmar.
  • There will also be a special performance by Portland’s favorite diva, and regular Symphony guest artist, Storm Large.
  • For added fun, get dressed up (tuxedo or t-shirt, gown with slippers, your choice) and interact during the Symphony's Virtual Red Carpet. Post pictures of you and your family at home with loved ones.

What you can do to support the Oregon Symphony

  • For those patrons who purchased tickets to canceled concerts, please consider donating them back to the Symphony or exchanging them for a gift certificate. The loss of millions of dollars over these months is straining the Symphony's cash flow significantly. Your donations will help to provide health care insurance for musicians and staff, and allow them to come back strong in the fall.
  • To make a difference now, please subscribe to the Symphony new 2020/21 Season. It is Carlos Kalmar’s final season as Music Director, and it’s an exciting season featuring classical favorites, Kids concerts, Popcorn Package that features blockbuster movies on the big screen with the Symphony playing the soundtracks live (e.g. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, Star Wars) and more!
  • Additionally, we need to secure emergency funds from our government. Our leaders need to hear how your Oregon Symphony is central to our community.

Until the Symphony is up and running again, you can explore a new digital series called “minute for music.” Symphony musicians have created a series of short videos for you, and they are available to view on on the Oregon Symphony website, Instagram and Facebook.

This segment was sponsored by Oregon Symphony.