Oregon Symphony Waterfront concert to return with new pandemic precautions


Portland, OR. Oregon Symphony brings back a favorite late summer party: the Free Waterfront Concert & Festival. The festival begins at 1 p.m. on September 4 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. It will also include a performance by the Oregon Ballet Theater of Tchaikovsky’s Grand Pas de Deux of Sleeping Beauty, as well as a selection from Kern and Bennett’s Showboat with singers from the Portland Opera. As a precautionary measure in the event of a pandemic, the Oregon Symphony will require, upon entering the park, full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. (Above is a photo from the concert in 2015.)

The city-wide celebration includes new Music Director David Danzmayr who leads the Oregon Symphony and an entertainment lineup that highlights Portland’s unique and diverse artists and community partners.

Carlos Kalmar, award-winning Music Director, has conducted the concert in the past and will be present this year as he passes the baton to new Music Director, David Danzmayr.

The Oregon Symphony begins its long-awaited performance at 7 p.m. with an exciting program that includes music featured in popular films (from highlights of John Williams’ mighty score to Star Wars) to masterpieces by iconic composers (Beethoven’s second movement from Symphony No. 7) and classics (Pomp and Circumstance March by Edward Elgar).

The concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complemented by Oregon Army National Guard cannon fire and fireworks over the Willamette River to conclude the memorable musical event. Audiences around the world will be able to listen to the live broadcast of the concert on All Classical Portland (KQAC 89.9 FM and at www.allclassical.org).

This free festival begins at 1 p.m. on September 4 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland with performances by acclaimed local artists and community partners such as Darrell Grant’s PDX Jazz Masters Trio, Portland Taiko, songwriter -performs Saeeda Wright, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Corazones Alegres Ballet Folklórico, Chris Pureka, Joaquin Lopez with harpist Antonio Centurion, etc. The Oregon Symphony then takes the stage from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Concert program – Click here for the full program

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz n ° 1
Beethoven: Symphony n ° 7, Movement 2
Arturo Marquez: Danzon n ° 2
Kern / RR Bennett: Showboat selections
John Williams: Star Wars Selections
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March n ° 1
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty’s Grand Pas de deux
Johann Strauss, father: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Alford: Colonel Bogey Marcy
Elgar: “Nimrod” by Enigma Variations
Tchaikovsky: Opening of 1812
Local artist programs will be announced at the festival


The Oregon Symphony, in consultation with the Multnomah County Department of Health, has undertaken changes to comply with current health and safety guidelines. Again, the Oregon Symphony will require full proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, at the park entrance to attend the Waterfront Concert and Festival. Complete vaccination is defined as completion of the two-dose regimen of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine given two weeks or more before the concert. A negative COVID-19 test must be taken no later than 72 hours before the concert. A face cover is required to attend the concert and the Waterfront Festival. Face covers should completely cover the nose and mouth and have earrings, or the like, to hold in place. Gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable. Face coverings should be worn at all times, except when eating, drinking, or taking oral medications for brief periods.

Spectators are requested to bring only low-profile chairs or blankets to sit on in order to preserve sight lines for those behind them. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in Tom McCall Waterfront Park as per the Oregon Symphony permit with the City of Portland.

The Festival starts at 1 p.m.
Oregon Symphony Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

It’s a free festival. TO

Tom McCall Waterfront Park
1020 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204

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