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Music in the Garden

Photo by William Sutton

In celebration of Asian American Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and in partnership with Oregon Symphony, Portland Japanese Garden will be hosting an afternoon of performances celebrating Asian and Asian American composers, musicians, and culture in six short recitals. This concert will be free to Portland Japanese Garden members and the public (with purchase of general admission) and will feature multiple performances throughout the afternoon.

As part of the celebration, the Oregon Symphony is offering Portland Japanese Garden members and guests a 20% discount off tickets for select concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The list of concerts can be found at the bottom of this page.

Schedule of Events

All performances take place in the Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center. Afternoon recitals will be 20-30 minutes long. The final recital at 6:00PM will be 45 minutes long. There is both seating and standing room to view the performances.

  • 1:15PM
    • Keiko Araki, Shin-young Kwon, Maia Hoffman, and Seth Biagini
    • Chinese and Japanese folk songs arranged for string quartet
  • 2:15PM
    • Keiko Araki, Shin-young Kwon, Maia Hoffman, and Seth Biagini
    • Works by contemporary Chinese female composers and a medley of Japanese folk songs
  • 3:15PM
    • Casey Jones, Robert Taylor, Charley Reneau, and JáTtik Clark
    • Music for low brass quartet featuring composers Tomohiro Tatebe, Hiromori Hayashi, and Nintendo sound designer Koji Kondo
  • 4:15PM
    • Fumino Ando
    • Solo violin arrangements of Japanese songs by Hibari Misora, Michio Miyagi, folk songs, and more
  • 5:00PM
    • Martha Long and Zach Galatis
    • Flute duets from Asia and the Pacific Islands
  • 6:00PM
    • In honor of Jun Märkl, Principal Guest Conductor of the Oregon Symphony
    • Music for violin and Japanese koto, featuring acclaimed musician Masumi Timson and Oregon Symphony Artist-In-Residence Simone Lamsma. Brief opening remarks by Jun Märkl, Steve Bloom, and Scott Showalter.

The Oregon Symphony is offering Portland Japanese Garden members and guests a 20% discount off tickets for the following concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Simply go to orsymphony.org and use promo code: HERITAGE. For questions, contact Oregon Symphony ticket office:  503-228-1353

  • Classical Gershwin with the Oregon Symphony: May 13, 14 & 15, 2023
  • Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite and Violinist Simone Lamsma (Conducted by Jun Märkl): May 20, 21 & 22, 2023
  • Music of Led Zeppelin with the Oregon Symphony: May 24, 2023
  • West Side Story (feature film on the big screen with the Oregon Symphony performing the score live): May 27 & 28, 2023
  • Holst’s The Planets: June 3, 4 & 5, 2023
  • Mahler’s Symphony No. 5: June 10, 11 & 12, 2023

Asian American Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) Month is a time to reflect upon and celebrate the remarkable role of the AANHPI community in our nation’s history. Founded in 1963 to heal the wounds of World War II, Portland Japanese Garden is proud to represent this community and exist as a place that can continue to Inspire Harmony and Peace.