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Oregon Symphony's Carlos Kalmar

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall, as the old joke goes? Practice, practice, practice.

The Oregon Symphony Orchestra is about to add its own alternate answer: wait 115 years, bring on a demanding music director, put together a challenging contemporary program, and become one of seven orchestras to be chosen for a spot in the inaugural Spring for Music Festival. (And, no doubt, lots of practicing!) The Oregon Symphony will be making its Carnegie Hall debut on May 12.

There are more firsts on the horizon, including upcoming Portland performances (on May 7th and 8th) that will be recorded for the symphony’s first CD under conductor Carlos Kalmar.

Maestro Kalmar will join us in the studio to talk about his very busy May, his last eight years with the OSO, and his hopes for the future.

What do you most enjoy about the symphony these days? Is there anything you miss? Why? What would you like to ask Carlos Kalmar?

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