Tori Amos to play Oregon Zoo in July, tickets on sale Friday

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Zoo will announce its full summer concert lineup next month

Tori Amos built her résumé from relentless musical curiosity. She's been nominated for Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, German classical music honors and British theater accolades. For more than two decades she's written with beautiful, and sometimes brutal, honesty.

She'll have a lot to work with — including a new album — on July 18, when she visits Portland as part of the Oregon Zoo's summer concert series.

With "Unrepentant Geraldines," her 14th studio album, due in May, Amos is expanding into the world of visual art — as an inspiration for music that reaches back to her roots as a contemporary pop/rock artist.

"Visual artists shake up our brains and force us to look at everything, from objects we don't normally think twice about to people we might not have cared about," Amos told Rolling Stone.

Since her breakthrough debut, 1992's confessional Little Earthquakes, Amos has sold more than 12 million albums and consistently pushed herself in new directions. Seven of her records have reached the Top 10; 1996's "Boys for Pele" reached No. 2. Her past two albums, "Gold Dust" (2012) and "Night of Hunters" (2011), drew from the world of classical music. Night of Hunters was a tribute to greats such as Bach, Schubert and Chopin. On "Gold Dust," Amos took songs from throughout her career and gave them a symphonic reworking.

She was nominated for six WhatsOnStage Awards for "The Light Princess," a musical she composed along with Australian writer Samuel Adamson. The show premiered at London's National Theatre last fall.

Tickets for Amos' July 18 show go on sale at 10 a.m. March 7, and can be purchased at zooconcerts.com. The zoo's concert series begins in June and runs through early September. The complete schedule will be announced in April.

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
 
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
 
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

Media contact: 

Hova Najarian | 503-220-5714 | hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org