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

The role of the arts in strengthening communities and addressing social issues will be the topic of this year’s Oregon Arts Summit, with the theme of “Arts in Action.”

The Oregon Mozart Players open their season on October 1 st at Beall Hall with a performance called “Brilliance.” It includes Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto as well as Mozart’s Linz Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 21, featuring pianist Anton Nel. Artistic director Kelly Kuo speaks with Eric Alan about Mozart seeking to reclaim his Viennese audience, and Stalinist censorship of musical dissonance in Ligeti’s compositions.

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

The Eugene Symphony and KLCC celebrated the opening of the symphony's 51st season with an hour-long special live broadcast from KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Monday, September 19th.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Lane Arts Council will mark its 40 th anniversary with a celebration at Eugene’s 5 th Street Public Market on Friday, September 16 th . Director Liora Sponko and James Aday, one of the council’s founders, reflect on forty years of arts advocacy and change.

Justin King has traveled the world as vocalist, guitar virtuoso and war photographer. He has returned to Eugene after time in Brooklyn, Iraq and Haiti, bringing his new band King Radio with him for an upcoming West Coast tour.

In celebration of Star Trek ’s 50 th anniversary on September 8 th , Trek Theatre presents the original musical Pon Farr: A Green-Blooded Musical Love Story.

The recent closure of the New Zone Gallery in Eugene has left the New Zone Artists Collective without a venue. Gallery coordinator Steve LaRiccia speaks with Eric Alan about the continued challenges and changes in the local visual arts scene, and about his optimistic quest to find a new gallery space for the collective.

Oregon Performance Lab is an incubator for artists developing live performance works in theater, dance and music. Artistic director Willow Norton and acclaimed Brooklyn playwright Crystal Skillman talk with Eric Alan about developing the play Rain and Zoe Save the World , which focuses on teenage activism in a time of growth and change. A workshop performance will be held in the Ragozzino Performance Hall at Lane Community College on Saturday, August 27 th .

Chris Pinto and Chris McVay, founders of the Not Ready for Retirement Players, speak with Eric Alan about creating a theater company for mature actors. Their debut production is Heroes, a Tom Stoppard adaptation of a French comedy about World War One veterans plotting to escape a nursing home. It runs August 26 th through September 4 th in the Hult Center’s Studio One.

Dorothy Velasco reviews the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Timon of Athens and the controversial Play On! Project, which aims to translate Shakespeare into modern language.

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