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The Oregon Symphony Puts a Bow on the 2012/13 Season

Brian Horay | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

My apologies in advance for dropping an F-bomb so soon in this review, but there's just one word, and one word only, that can adequately describe this opening number... a word that more conservative and learned reviewers usually avoid: fun.

Fanfare for the Uncommon Manitoban

Brian Horay | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

This weekend, Portlandia's ultimate cover band ended their program with Aaron Copland's Symphony #3 - a composition whose well-known brassy chorales of American triumph made it an easy dedication to the recently terrified people of Boston.

The Paper Bag Was on My Knee: A Very Soviet Oregon Symphony

Brian Horay | Posted 05.13.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

Monday evening, Portland's big band bid farewell to Hannu Lintu... a guest conductor who is apparently the love child of Garrison Keillor and Plastic Man.

Stephen Hough Tackles 10 Questions

Brian Horay | Posted 04.22.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

Chief cultural blogger for The Telegraph of London. Prodigious recorder of well over 50 albums. MacArthur genius. Theologian. Poet. Queer activist. Composer.

The Oregon Symphony: Remembering Jimmy and Reminding the Rest of Us

Brian Horay | Posted 04.22.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

From the thickest string of the bass to the upper registers of sopranos everywhere, these are towering tones capable of breaking down walls and uniting neighbors.

The Oregon Symphony: Alive and Transfigured

Brian Horay | Posted 04.02.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

Elegantly joyful and perfectly crafted, Wolfgang's episodic serenade served as a brilliant showcase for the elite group of orchestral musicians assembled.

Music for a Time of War Scores a Grammy Nod

Brian Horay | Posted 02.06.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

Instead of simplistic, romantic notions of war draped in patriotic glory, the listener encounters a more difficult and nuanced 20th-century musical landscape of existential questions, gruesome descriptions, defiant submissions and cold dissonance.

Mahler's 'Symphony No. 6': The Biggest Bang

Brian Horay | Posted 01.15.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 6," clocking in at over 80 minutes and requiring over 90 musicians, is massive even by Mahlerian standards; frankly, just witnessing the logistics of this performance was worth the price of admission.

The Oregon Symphony Goes to England

Brian Horay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Brian Horay

This week, in an event guaranteed to lighten the burden of Portland's early winter drizzle, the Oregon Symphony releases their second album with music director Carlos Kalmar at the helm.

Oregon Symphony Paints the Town Black With City Noir

Brian Horay | Posted 07.23.2012 | Home
Brian Horay

City Noir was originally conceived around one instrument -- the alto saxophone -- and Portland was damn lucky to have Tim McAllister blowing with the band for their final gig of the season.

Another Oregon Symphony Album, Another Britten

Brian Horay | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Brian Horay

But I'm happy to report my slightly unhealthy relationship with Benjamin Britten is still very much in its honeymoon phase after the band's knockout performance of Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia Monday night.

Ben Folds and Aaron Copland: I Knew Them When

Brian Horay | Posted 07.02.2012 | Home
Brian Horay

It was my freshman year in college when I first heard a cut from Ben Folds. Ben Folds Five's debut album repeatedly bowled me over with wonderfully eccentric lyrics and harmonically fresh voices.

Why Symphonic Music Has The Most To Say About Contemporary Culture

Brian Horay | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Brian Horay

Symphonic music is the delicate art form suggesting human interface, serving as contrast for the cheap, shiny vase filled with artificial flowers greedily hogging the foreground.