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

  Author Eliot Treichel explores a teenage girl’s grief and healing after causing her father’s accidental death on a canoe trip, in the young adult novel A Series of Small Maneuvers. He speaks with Eric Alan about the power of a river and a horse to help a girl find peace with what can never heal. Eliot Treichel speaks at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, April 9th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Ballroom Thieves are a trio with Boston roots, whose music merges fine harmony and acoustics with more electric and experimental edges—including recent collaboration with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra. Their debut CD A Wolf in the Doorway has brought them national attention, and they were a sensation at the Sisters Folk Festival last September. They begin their West Coast Tour tonight, April 6th, at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene, and then they’ll perform on Saturday, April 9th at Sisters High School in Sisters. Both are a double bill with the duo Tall Heights.

  Memory loss and music are brought together in a new vocal ensemble piece called Shadow and Light, by composer Joan Szymko (“SHIM-koh”). Eugene Vocal Arts and the Eugene Concert Orchestra present its world premiere as part of Remembrances on Friday, April 8th and Sunday, April 10th at Beall Hall. Joan Szymko speaks with Eric Alan about giving Alzheimer’s patients and care partners a voice. 

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

  Eugene Symphony’s Conductor Laureate Marin Alsop returns as part of Symfest, the symphony’s multi-faceted celebration on April 2nd. She visits Eric Alan in the KLCC studios to reflect on her homecoming, a lively program of music with personal meanings, and whether or not the world has made progress in accepting women conductors. 

  Internationally acclaimed author Barry Lopez has lived along the upper McKenzie River for forty-six years. In a conversation with Eric Alan, he reflects on the river as a teacher and the wisdom it offers, as he celebrates the history and preservation of the river near Finn Rock Logging Camp. Barry Lopez will speak at the annual McKenzie Memories event in Eugene on Friday, April 1st.  

Drawing by Dan Pegoda

  Fictional candidate Thomas Jerry is running to become Oregon’s first Third Senator, in the interactive murder mystery comedy Murder on the Campaign Trail.  Candidate Jerry (as channeled by actor William Campbell) visits with Eric Alan and details his unusual platform positions on oil, guns, marijuana and the Supreme Court. The play runs through April 30th at the Springfield Holiday Inn. 

Photo by Jim Lommasson

  Wars are never truly over for veterans and their families, refugees, and citizens whose homelands are devastated. Photographer Jim Lommasson has explored those issues in his books Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories—Life after Iraq and Afghanistan, and What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization.

Photo by Maani Vadgama

  For the past quarter-century, MEDGE—the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene—has brought Middle Eastern dance and music to the region through performance and education.

  The classic lyric opera Eugene Onegin melds the music of Tchaikovsky with the literature of Alexander Pushkin, creating a romantic and dramatic piece. Eugene Opera will do a fully-orchestrated version with an international cast on Friday, March 11th and Sunday, March 13th at the Hult Center in Eugene. Eugene Opera general director Mark Beudert and music director Andrew Bisantz speak with Eric Alan.

  Author and philosopher Lori Gruen speaks about “Justice and Empathy Beyond the Human.” She talks with Eric Alan about the ability of chimpanzees and other animals to teach us about better relationships. She appears on Thursday, March 10th on the UO campus, as part of Oregon Humanities Center’s year-long focus on justice.

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