Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. The music performances he hosts on KLCC air during Q; his interviews and features air during The Takeaway, The World and other programs. Previously, he spent seventeen years at Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, where he was music director and host of the daily music show Open Air. He is a nationally published author and photographer with three books to his credit, ranging from nature spirituality to major league baseball. He also works with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, regularly contributing words and photographs to the project “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” He is an accomplished lyricist as well, with credits ranging from international recording artists Gypsy Soul to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

Ways To Connect

Eugene filmmakers Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas speak with Eric Alan about their two feature films, and the human connection between them. Tall as the Baobab Tree explores the lives of the first girls to be educated in a Senegalese village, while Tracktown tells a story about running, set in Eugene. (Alexi Pappas is a two-time NCAA All-American runner, as well as a filmmaker.)  Tall as the Baobab Tree screens on Thursday, April 30th, as part of the Cinema Pacific Film Festival in Eugene.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Eugene Concert Choir completes its 40th anniversary season by featuring Celtic Spring with the Willis Clan on Saturday, April 25th at the Hult Center in Eugene. The Willis Clan includes twelve siblings from Nashville who merge Irish music and song and dance. They’ve gained international attention through winning the Today Show Sound of Music Singing Family Contest on NBC, and placing first in the 2013 International Irish Music Festival Competition in Dublin.

Photo by Hiroshi Iwaya

An interview with violinist Monica Huggett , who is celebrating her twentieth year as artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra. They’ll perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons along with other music from Vivaldi, Locatelli and Locke in the Chamber Music at Beall series on Tuesday, April 28th on the UO campus.

Oboist Allan Vogel and flutist Janice Tipton are renowned for their work with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Bach’s Circle, among many other credits. They’re currently in residency with Chamber Music Amici for a week educational offerings and performances that will culminate in a Baroque performance with Chamber Music Amici at the Shedd in Eugene on Monday, April 27th.

Alex Tizon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and the author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, the recipient of this year’s Award for General Nonfiction in the Oregon Book Awards. He speaks with Eric Alan about the universal experiences of shame and of being an outsider, and how we can shift the national conversation about race.

Danuta Pfeiffer is the author of Chiseled, a memoir that chronicles her wild journey from young single mother to progressive journalist to co-host of Pat Robertson’s conservative, evangelical TV show The 700 Club, to Poland and Junction City. She speaks with Eric Alan, in advance of her book launch event on April 25th at Pfeiffer Winery in Junction city, and a reading at Grassroots Books and Music in Corvallis on May 28th.

Music and conversation with Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman, whose pieces “Astrolatry” and “Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!” will be performed alongside Beethoven’s “Pastorale” by the Eugene Symphony this Thursday evening, April 16th at the Hult Center in Eugene. At the age of 25, Avner Dorman was the youngest ever winner of Israel’s Prime Minister’s Award.

Photo by Marli Miller

The Eugene Natural History Society presents a talk by Marli Miller, author of the new second edition of Roadside Geology of Oregon, on Friday evening, April 17th, in the UO’s Willamette Hall. She speaks with Eric Alan about Oregon’s geologic wonders, and how the perspective of geologic time affects how we live in the present moment.

Dear Stranger is a project created by Oregon Humanities, which facilitates an anonymous, statewide exchange of personal letters. Executive Director Adam Davis speaks with Eric Alan about connecting Oregonians one letter at a time.

Community Alliance of Lane County presents a dramatic reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech A Time to Break Silence on Sunday, April 12th at First Christian Church in Eugene. Carol Horne Dennis and Marion Malcolm give an excerpt of the speech, and talk about its continued relevance in 2015.   

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