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Oregon Symphony Brings Beauty and Mystery to Benaroya Hall

April 22, 2013

On Friday, May 3, our friends down the road at the Oregon Symphony journey up I-5 for a concert at Benaroya Hall. The four selections they perform are unique, to say the least — the music is beautiful, but it’s a different kind of beauty. In many ways, the program lives up to the brand of quirkiness so often celebrated by Oregon and Oregonians. How so?

There’s Narong Prangcharoen’s Phenomenon, premiered less than a decade ago, which has been described as benefiting from a “post-ideological synthesis.” Translation? Influences old and new cross paths in a composition that paints a picture of a crowd gathering to watch the Naga Fireballs of Thailand. By turns roiling and delicate, it’s a vivid and memorable pictorial setting that celebrates both melody and chaotic discord.