Portland's music scene is lively, diverse, and includes many wonderful opportunities to enjoy classical and instrumental music. The Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera both offer full seasons each year. If you're visiting Portland and are looking to be energized by some live music, you'll find a variety of choices. A night at the symphony is a wonderful way to conclude a day exploring the shops, parks, museums, and restaurants of downtown Portland.
The large and lively orchestra of the Oregon Symphony performs at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland. Their September-to-May seasons include classical and pops concerts as well as special performances that include visiting local, national, or international artists or special themes. Their performance calendar also offers several Christmas holiday concerts and some kid-friendly Saturday matinees.
Oregon Symphony Ticket Box Office: downtown Portland at 923 SW Washington, 1‑800‑228‑7343
Performing at both the Keller Auditorium and the Newmark Theatre, the Portland Opera produces traditional favorites, both dramatic and comedic, as well as a selection of new or lesser-known operas. Popular touring musicals come to Portland as part of the Portland Opera Presents Broadway Across America series; this musical theatre take place at Keller Auditorium.
Portland Opera Tickets Box Office: The Hampton Opera Center, 211 SE Caruthers St, 1-866-739-6737
The more intimate concerts of the Portland Baroque Orchestra take place at Kaul Auditorium at Reed College and at First Baptist Church in downtown Portland, Oregon. The Portland Baroque Orchestra specializes in performing the music of Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Vivaldi on the instruments of the historic era. Choral music is on the schedule and include annual Handel's Messiah
Portland Baroque Orchestra Tickets and Information: 503-222-6000
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony is an educational organization that provides performance opportunities for K-12 musicians. Three major concerts are held each year and take place at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall or at the Newmark Theatre. Additional performances by the Metropolitan Youth Symphony's various bands and ensembles take place at various times and venues. Tickets are available online and by calling 503-239-4566.
More Opportunities to Enjoy Classical Music in Portland
Chamber Music Northwest
This annual summer music festival brings in musicians from around the world. Performances take place at a variety of different venues.
Portland Youth Philharmonic
With several orchestras and ensembles made up of school- and college-age musicians, the Portland Youth Philharmonic presents many concerts throughout each year.