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PuzzleWatch: Oregon Symphony 2022-23 Highlights

Whet your appetite for the upcoming OSO season with this carefully orchestrated crossword puzzle.


Soprano Renée Fleming, who headlines the opening night concert.

Oh boy! The Oregon Symphony Orchestra 2022-23 season starts September 24 and — yes, I’ll say it again — oh boy, its Renée Fleming! The celebrated soprano performs Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light with baritone Rodney Gilfry. Music Director David Danzmayr also conducts the overture to West Side Story and Elgar’s Enigma Variations and, well, dare I say it again — okay, I won’t. But I’m thinking it!

The whole season is an exclamation of classic favorites: Finlandia, the Eroica, Candide; compositions by Hindemith, Shostakovich, and Strauss; as well as new works by Vijay Iyer and Unsuk Chin. Witness the incredible talent of OSO concertmaster Sarah Kwak, principal flutist Martha Long, and Composer in Residence Andy Akiho. Or hear Creative Chair Gabriel Kahane’s Right to Be Forgotten and flutist Nathalie Joachim in the same concert.

And this is just a smidge of what’s in store. Many more special guests, movie music, a choral masterwork, and concerts for young people and their parents are all on the calendar.  You can peruse all this and more at the OSO website.

But for now, here’s a special appetizer crossword. Is it a challenge?  Nah. Not if you take another glance at the clues above or look at the season information online.  And then you’ll see why this OSO season is O-SO-Wonderful.

Oregon Symphony 2022-23 Highlights – Click here for an interactive puzzle you can fill out in your web browser

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Daryl Browne is a music educator, alto, flutist and writer who lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

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