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4382 Star Starred
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Portland'5 Centers for the Arts 1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Kathy Hunt Gordon

This was a wonderful showcase for the Oregon Symphony. Very kid-friendly. Short entertaining pieces and an opportunity to sing along at the end. I hope this will continue as an annual Christmas tradition. Our family enjoyed it very much!

reviewed Dec 23 2010 report as inappropriate
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Gregory Vajda

Oregon Symphony Resident Conductor

Hailed as a “young titan” by the Montreal Gazette, Gregory Vajda has become one of the most sought-after conductors on the international scene. After completing his tenure as assistant conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2005, Vajda has been resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony since the 2005-06 season. In 2009 he was also appointed artistic and music director of California’s Music in the Mountains – only the second conductor to hold that position in the festival’s 28-year history.

Among the highlights on Vajda’s conducting calendar this season are subscription-series concerts Feb. 20-21 with the Oregon Symphony at which he’ll conduct the American premiere of one of his own compositions, Duevoe; a return to Atlanta Opera to conduct La bohème; and return engagements with Canada’s Edmonton Symphony and Symphony Silicon Valley in California.

Recent career highlights include his first return to the Hungarian State Opera since emigrating to the United States; debuts with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Seattle Symphony; and the world premiere of his latest composition – the chamber opera Zauberberg, based on Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain – in July 2010 at Switzerland’s Davos Festival. Earlier, Vajda had the honor of leading the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Chorus in a performance of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle at Austria’s renowned Salzburg Festival.

In addition to conducting, Vajda is also a clarinetist and composer. He recently conducted his own composition for the silent film The Crowd at the Louvre in Paris with American pianist Jay Gottlieb. He has also recorded Duevoe with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was honored with the Zoltán Kodály State Scholarship for composers in 2000 and the Annie Fischer State Scholarship for music performers in 1999.

Born in Budapest, Vajda is the son of renowned soprano Veronika Kincses. He studied composition at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music under Professor Ervin Lukács and was a conducting student of composer and conductor Peter Eötvös.

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