Author: John Zion

John Zion

The “Open Music” series is a relatively new offering from the Oregon Symphony. Created by composer-performer Gabriel Kahane, who was appointed in 2019 as the organization’s creative chair, each Open Music program invites a composer or musician featured on the symphony’s classical program to examine their creative approach by curating a concert with music alongside art in other forms that inspires their work. 

Kahane serves as moderator, friend, conversationalist and occasionally cameo performer with the featured guest, and a small ensemble from the Oregon Symphony serves as the house band. It’s a fantastic approach to concertizing that gives audiences a window into the creative process in a casual environment without shying away from sophisticated, substantive conversation.

The last scheduled “Open Music” concert planned to feature Caroline Shaw, but was canceled to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. All remaining 2019-2020 programming by the Oregon Symphony has been suspended. In the meantime, if you’d like to continue supporting this organization, you can subscribe to the 2020-2021 season or make a donation here

John Zion is the owner and Managing Director of MKI Artists, one of the leading classical music management agencies in the United States. He oversees strategic planning and operations, and directs the careers of a prestigious roster of international artists. Additionally, he serves on the board of Chamber Music America and has presented on arts-related issues at the Colburn School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the University at Buffalo, APAP|NYC, Chamber Music America’s National Conference and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. He was named one of the “Rising Stars in the Performing Arts” by Musical America.

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Oregon Symphony’s “Open Music” Series

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The “Open Music” series is a relatively new offering from the Oregon Symphony. Created by composer-performer Gabriel Kahane, who was appointed in 2019 as the organization’s creative chair, each Open Music program invites a composer or musician featured on the symphony’s classical program to examine their creative approach by curating a concert with music alongside art in other forms that inspires their work.

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