Head to Portland’s waterfront for Oregon Symphony’s end of summer celebration. The 2022 Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert and Festival is your chance to see some of Portland’s most beloved performers and musicians for free.
This event includes performances by the Oregon Symphony as well as a variety of music from outstanding local artists. At the Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert and Festival, you and your whole family or group of friends get a complimentary seat set to the backdrop of our beautiful city.
Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert and Festival
On Saturday, September 3, head to Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland for performances from acclaimed local artists. The is a free, family-friendly event.
To make the experience even better, the Oregon Symphony has jumbotron screens to enhance the concert-viewing experience and maximize seating. Be sure to bring low-back chairs or blankets so everyone can enjoy the show.
Here’s a list of some of the performers kicking off the festival starting at 1 p.m.:
- Portland Taiko
- Jazz ensemble MYSfits
- Vocalist Alonzo Chadwick and Zoulful
- Blues and gospel vocalist LaRhonda Steele
- Jan Michael Looking Wolf with Indigenous flutists
- Harmonica player Jon Powers with Courtney Von Drehle of 3 Leg Torso on accordion
- Orquestra Pacifico Tropical performing music of Central and South America
The Oregon Symphony will take the stage at 7 p.m. The program will include music featured in popular films, such as John Williams’ Flying Theme from E.T. and the main theme from The Mission. Other performances include masterworks from iconic composers, including Mozart, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky.
Here is the symphony’s program starting at 7 p.m.:
- Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
- Sibelius: Finlandia
- Barber: Adagio for Strings
- Puccini: “O Soave fanciulla” from La Bohème
- Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia
- Hailstork: Celebration
- Morricone/Mancini: The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe
- Williams: Flying Theme from E.T. [40th Anniversary]
- Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1, G minor
- Tchaikovsky: Overture 1812
The concert’s finale will be Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with a fireworks show.
The festival begins at 1 p.m. followed by the symphony concert at 7 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Food trucks will be onsite.
For more information, visit the Oregon Symphony’s website.
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Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Naito Parkway between SW Harrison Street and NW Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97204