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slides: Party Report: The Oregon Symphony Honors Gala

Monday, April 20, 2015

 

Jordan Schnitzer and Oregon Symphony President Scott Showalter

Jordan Schnitzer and Oregon Symphony President Scott Showalter. Photo by Byron Beck.

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.

Over 400 patrons gathered at last Thursday night's record-setting Oregon Symphony Honors Gala, whose theme was “Music Creates Community.” Under the leadership of Honorary Gala Chair Jordan Schnitzer, Gala Co-Chair and Portland’s First Lady Nancy Hales, and Gala Co- Chair and Board Member Renée Holzman, donors contributed nearly $700,000 to support the symphony and its outreach programs.

Together with President Scott Showalter, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales opened an historic concert in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. For the first time, a classical program under the direction of Music Director Carlos Kalmar was made available exclusively and for free to thousands of the Oregon Symphony’s community partners.

A gala program followed over a four-course meal at the Portland Art Museum. It included Claire Coffee, star of NBC’s hit series Grimm, and her husband, four-time Grammy Award-winner  Chris Thile. Claire, who is visibly close to giving birth, said that she and Chris want to raise their child in Portland precisely for the community that the Oregon Symphony creates. Chris added that he has performed as a soloist with orchestras across the country and few are as accomplished as the Oregon Symphony. “We’ve never needed the orchestra more than we do now,” he said.

Also in attendance were Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale; artists August, Melanie, Sophia, and Amanda Von Trapp; State Senator Ginny Burdick; Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith; and Ginette DePreist, wife of the late Oregon Symphony Music Director James DePreist.

The gala was capped with a performance by the Oregon State University drum line. The Madison High School Marching Band also performed outside before the gala. 

 

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Oregon Symphony Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Mayor Charlie Hales, Oregon Symphony President Scott Showalter and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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First Lady Nancy and Mayor Charlie Hales, Scott Showalter,  Raffaela and Carlos Kalmar

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

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Jordan Schnitzer and Scott Showalter

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

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Catherine Levi and Alison Roper

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Carey Wiley, Marvin Richmond and Cameron Wiley

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Bonnie Reagan, Kate Thompson and Pete Reagan

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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William and Toni Kiefel and Chris Brooks

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Ben Waechter and Dawndae H.K. Hamilton

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Stanley Penkin, Signe Lawrence and James Lynch

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Tom Kilbane

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Scott Showalter, Karen and Bill Early

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Oregon Symphony President Scott Showalter

The Oregon Symphony honored community with a wonderful cocktail reception, concert and dinner on April 16th in downtown Portland's cultural district.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

 
 

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