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Oregon! Oregon! 2009


Click here to listen to the original Oregon! Oregon! song.

Hold on to your myrtle wood as Pink Martini and the Oregon National Guard 234th Army Band and Oregon 150 present “Oregon! Oregon! 2009: A sesquicentennial fable in IV acts,” which will debut August 28, 2009 at the Oregon State Fair and then tour the state – the icing on the cake of the state’s 150th birthday party.

Listen to the audio from the Oregon! Oregon! press conference, from July 1, 2009 at Posie’s Cafe in North Portland, featuring Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale, plus Metro Council President David Bragdon, Sarah Dougher, Pat Janowski and members of the Oregon National Guard’s 234th Army Band.

Concert dates and venues

8/28: Opening night, Oregon State Fair, Salem
8/29: Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend
8/30: The Britt Festival, Jacksonville

All previously purchased tickets for the Memorial Coliseum show are not valid for entrance to the Zoo show. Those who purchased tickets for the Memorial Coliseum event via credit card at the Rose Quarter Box Office, ComcastTIX.com or by phone will automatically receive a refund. Ticket holders who purchased tickets at Safeway/TicketsWest outlets can receive refunds at the place of purchase. Tickets purchased by cash at the Rose Quarter Box Office can receive a refund at the box office. For any further questions about tickets please contact the Rose Quarter Box Office at 503.797.9619.


Salem - Oregon State Fair - Tickets on sale here and all participating Safeway TicketsWest outlets in Oregon and at the Oregon State Fair office (2330 17th Street NE Salem, OR; 8:00 AM-5:00 PM on weekdays).
Bend - Les Schwab Amphitheater - Tickets on sale now!
Jacksonville - The Britt Festival - Tickets on sale now!
Portland - The Oregon Zoo - Tickets on sale now!

In 1959 – to celebrate the Oregon’s centennial (100th birthday) – the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company commissioned the Grammy Award-winning radio personality Stan Freberg to write a 21-minute-long musical comedy about the beaver state. What resulted was a hilarious tale of two explorers in 1859 named Harry and David, their encounter with a witch, and the subsequent birth of a state which must go back into the bottle after 100 years … that is, if the citizens of 1959 can’t break the spell. Sound confusing?

Well, because a team of Oregonians – including Metro Council President David Bragdon, ‘Chariots of Fire’ conductor Harry Rabinowitz (age 92), Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, PICA Flash Choir’s Sarah Dougher & Pat Janowski and the writers of Livewire! – have teamed up to write a new Act IV … complete with brand new songs and rollicking plot! Unlike the 1959 “Oregon! Oregon!” the show is being performed live, with Pink Martini and the Oregon 234th Army Band joined by a surprise cast of special Oregonians.

About Pink Martini

“Pink Martini is like a romantic Hollywood musical of the 1940s or 50s – but with a global perspective which is modern,” says founder and artistic director Thomas M. Lauderdale. “We bring melodies and rhythms from different parts of the world together to create something which is new and beautiful.”

The Portland, Oregon-based ‘little orchestra’ was founded in 1994 by Lauderdale, a Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist, to play political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, the environment, affordable housing and public broadcasting. In the years following Pink Martini grew from four musicians to its current twelve, and has gone on to perform its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Canada and the United States.


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