Head to Portland’s waterfront for the return of Oregon Symphony’s end of summer celebration. The 2021 Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert and Festival is your chance to see some of Portland’s most beloved performers, dancers and musicians for free.
This includes performances by the Oregon Symphony’s complete orchestra and the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Typically, tickets to see the symphony or ballet start around $25 per person. 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
This year’s concert is going to extra special. It will showcase the entire Oregon Symphony in person for the first time in more than 18 months. On Saturday, September 4, head to Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland with performances from acclaimed local artists and community partners.
Here’s a list of some of the performers kicking off the festival starting at 1 p.m.:
- Darrell Grant’s PDX Jazz Masters Trio featuring Mel Brown
- Portland Taiko
- Singer songwriter Saeeda Wright
- Black Belt Eagle Scout
- Corazones Alegres Ballet Folklórico
- Singer Chris Pureka
- Joaquin Lopez with harpist Antonio Centurion
The Oregon Symphony will take the stage at 7 p.m. The program will include music featured in popular films, such as highlight from the powerful score to Star Wars. You’ll hear iconic compositions, like Beethoven’s second movement from Symphony No. 7, and classical favorites, like Pomp and Circumstance.
You’ll also get a special performance of the Grand Pas De Deux from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty by the Oregon Ballet Theatre.
The concert’s finale will be Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with cannon fire from the Oregon Army National Guard. The fireworks display that was planned for the finale has been canceled.
To make the experience even better, the Oregon Symphony is including jumbotron screens to enhance the concert-viewing experience, maximize seating and allow for spacing on the lawn. Be sure to bring low back chairs or blankets so everyone can enjoy the show.
The Oregon Symphony will require proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test with 72 hours of the festival, to attend the Waterfront Concert and Festival. To allow for social distancing, there will be restricted capacity for the festival, reduced by 70%, to 4,000 attendees.
The festival begins at 1 p.m. followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.
The Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert and Festival is free to attend. If you can’t make the concert, you can listen to the live broadcast of the concert on All Classical Portland at KQAC 89.9 FM and www.allclassical.org.
For more information, visit the Oregon Symphony’s website.
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