Renée Fleming sweeps the audience off its feet at Oregon Symphony Concert

by James Bash James Bash writes articles fora variety of publications, including magazines such as Opera America, OpenSpaces, Opera, MUSO, International Arts Manager, American Record Guide,Symphony, Opera Canada, and PSU Magazine. The newspapers include Crosscut, theSan Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Oregonian, TheColumbian, The Portland Tribune, The Register-Guard, and Willamette Week. Jameshas also written a number of articles for the Oregon Arts Commission andcontributed articles to the 2nd edition of the Grove Dictionary of AmericanMusic. James was a fellow to the 2008 NEA Journalism Institute for ClassicalMusic and Opera. He is a member of the Music Critics Association of NorthAmerica (mcana.org) and lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kathy 22.03.2012

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Opera diva Renée Fleming swept into Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Tuesday evening (March 13) and swept the audience off its feet on her way out. Sponsored by the Oregon Symphony, Flemming’s appearance was her debut with the orchestra, and, based on the overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception she received, she will probably return sometime in the near future.  The concert also marked the debut of guest conductor Sabastian Lang-Lessing, who deftly led all of the works on the program.

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