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What Can Orchestral Music Say About War? Ask the Oregon Symphony

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The concept behind the Oregon Symphony’s concert Thursday night at the Spring for Music festival may seem ripped from the headlines. With the U.S. engaged in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the global response to terrorism fresh in people's minds, a program of war-themed works couldn’t be timelier. But Carlos Kalmar, Oregon’s music director, insists that current events played no part in the programming.

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