Founded in 1896, the Oregon Symphony produces more than 80 concerts a year, mostly at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland as well as a 10-concert series in Salem. Our programs offer a wide range of music to suit many tastes and preferences, including classical, pops, family and kids programs, youth concerts for school classes, and special performances ranging from classical to jazz, world music, bluegrass and gospel. The Symphony presents two free summer outdoor concerts in Portland and travels regularly for performances in Estacada, Newberg and smaller communities elsewhere in the state. Each year, Symphony Youth Concerts reach approximately 20,000 students and their teachers from nearly 300 schools representing 16 Oregon and southwest Washington counties. 60% of these students were considered economically disadvantaged, qualifying for the federal free/reduced lunch program.
The Oregon Symphony’s programs serve more than 225,000 people annually.