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Oregon Symphony

OUR FOREMOST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Oregon Symphony is one of Portland’s most august and long-standing institutions, founded in 1896—which makes them 120 years young in 2016! They’re the gold standard for a symphony performance in Oregon, garnering three Grammy nominations in the last four years alone. Like any great modern symphony, …

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Oregon Children’s Theatre

THEATER THAT TREATS KIDS LIKE PEOPLE Oregon Children’s Theatre may put on kids plays, but don’t expect them to recite you any nursery rhymes. This contemporary company commissions at least one world-premiere script each year— this year, three: Goosebumps the Musical, Fly Guy: The Musical, and Flora & Ulysses—based on …

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Portland Center Stage

PORTLAND THEATER’S MOST MAJOR PLAYER Portland Center Stage is, by all measures, a major player. They’re the largest professional producing theater company in the city, and they literally “hold the fort” downtown, operating for the past 10 years out of the Pearl District’s gorgeously restored Armory building. Started in 1988 …

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Profile Theatre

ONE SEASON. ONE PLAYWRIGHT. Profile Theatre has a unique approach: making playwrights the star attraction. They’re the only professional theater company in the U.S. that devotes each season to a single contemporary playwright. The method has some advantages. Each series Profile presents has a natural cohesion from a singular voice. …

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VISIONARY DANCE WITH SOMETHING TO SAY BodyVox, Latin for “voice of the body,” is an internationally renowned dance company that always has something specific to say “Each piece of our choreography has relationships, tension, and support. Even if a dance is somewhat abstract, every dance we do has an underlying theme,” …

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