Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Tickets: 503-228-1353 | www.orsymphony.org/percussion
He just might be the single most unforgettable soloist you see in this or any other season: Colin Currie — the one-of-a-kind percussion wizard — drops into town to perform the Grammy-winning modern musical masterwork composer Jennifer Higdon wrote especially for him.
This is the concert for music fans who like their events to feature something old, something new, and all of it combined in unusual ways. The program ranges from a Beethoven march written in 1811 to the Oregon Symphony premiere of composer Jennifer Higdon's still-new Percussion Concerto, written in 2005. There's also a Gershwin overture from the 1930s and another premiere for the orchestra: contemporary Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen Suite (after Georges Bizet), from 1967.
Currie collaborates with the Oregon Symphony for the first time in four years at these concerts. In a recent interview, he said his Portland audience can expect "the ride of their life. This thing is high octane, passionate, exuberant music that speaks direct from the heart and just absolutely steamrolls off the stage into the audience. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬¦ And it's very, very beautiful. Even when it's fast and loud, it's beautiful."