Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. The interviews and performances he hosts air on KLCC as local inserts during programs including The Takeaway, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and The World . 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. He has served on the board of the Lane County Cultural Coalition, and is a founding board member of Cerro Gordo Land Conservancy. 

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Oregon Contemporary Theatre presents The 39 Steps, a comic thriller adapted in part from the Alfred Hitchcock film. It kicks off the Big Read, a community-wide celebration of Hitchcock and film noir. 

Photo by Tracy Ilene Miller

  On Tuesday evening, December 13th, KLCC presented a special hour-long broadcast with one of the new small ensembles of the Oregon Mozart Players. Violinists Della Davies and Alice Blankenship and cellist Eric Alterman performed a variety of music (listed below) for a live in-studio audience in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall. The broadcast celebrated OMP's candlelight baroque concerts at the First Christian Church in Eugene on Friday, December 16th through Sunday, December 18th. Co-hosting the broadcast were KLCC's Eric Alan and OMP's Kelly Kuo. Here is the broadcast in its entirety. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist have been making music together as Over the Rhine for over twenty-five years . 

  Dr. Muabilai Tshionyi, also known as Dr. T, authors books of African folktales for children and adults. They reflect the traditions of oral storytelling in the Congo, where he was born. He speaks with Eric Alan about preserving those tales, and translating their meanings to modern Oregon. Dr. T will be a featured author in the Lane Authors and Artists Fair at the Lane County Fairgrounds this Saturday, December 10th.

  The Eugene Symphony welcomes the first of its three finalists to become the symphony’s next conductor and music director. Quebec native Dina Gilbert has arrived from Montreal, where she was assistant conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal , as well as founder and artistic director of chamber orchestra Ensemble Arkea.

Photo by Jerry Gowins

  The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet merges a sacred story from Christian and Jewish texts, with original choreography from Ballet Fantastique and live music from the UO Gospel Singers. It’ll be presented at the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater December 9th through 11th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  “Twobadours on the Run” is the name of David Ryan Harris and Gabe Dixon’s current tour, which stops at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Friday, December 2nd, and in Bend at the Astro Lounge on Monday, December 5th.

  

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge begins in Eugene at the Very Little Theater on Friday, December 2nd and runs through December 11th. In Mark Brown’s play, Scrooge has brought charges of attempted murder and kidnapping against the Spirits of Christmas and Jacob Marley.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Midnight North has been building a following in recent years with their three-part harmonies and eclectic grooves. As well as regular touring across the landscape and recorded releases that include the latest ones Scarlet Skies and Stayin’ Single, Drinkin’ Doubles, they hold down a weekly gig at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael California, webcast to the world. 

  Kristin Collier’s new book Housewife: Home Remaking in a Transgender Marriage examines the complex dynamics of being married to someone who undergoes gender transition. She will speak in Eugene at the Hult Center as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday, November 20th after a book launch event at Tsunami Books the same day. She talks with Eric About the nature of love, identity, communication and family.

  Music has been a part of war almost as constantly as weapons have been, throughout history. Its role in war is changing as the world changes too—something that’s examined in Lisa Gilman’s new book, My Music My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Community Alliance of Lane County marks fifty years of working for peace and justice with a gala event at the UO Ford Alumni Center on Sunday, November 13th. Program Director Michael Carrigan and Johanis Tadeo, Community Organizer for CALC’s Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect, speak with Eric Alan about the work, and how the election of Donald Trump is already impacting the Willamette Valley’s Latino community.  

  Live music, abstract art and improvisational dance will merge into one art form at the Jazz Station in Eugene on Thursday, November 10th. “Sound In-Sight” will feature Torrey Newhart’s Obsidian Animals performing while Bob Newhart paints alongside dancers and a poet. Eric Alan speaks with Torrey Newhart about the impact of live multi-media collaboration.  

  Native American storyteller Thomas Doty presents Doty and Coyote: Stories from the Native West at the UO Baker Center on Friday, October 28th. 

  Guitarist Bill Frisell turns his attention to the beauty and emotion of film and television music on his new release When You Wish Upon a Star. 

  “Use the Time You’re Given” is the theme of TEDx Veneta Women, featuring nine women speakers at Applegate Regional Theater on October 28th. Organizer Jennifer Chambers is an author and traumatic brain injury survivor. She speaks with Eric Alan about the universal need to use time wisely. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla has focused on her solo career since leaving the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. 

  “Every Body Deserves Respect” is the title and topic of a discussion to be hosted by Eugene Musicians Against Sexual Violence, at Shadowfox Gallery on Broadway in Eugene on Tuesday, October 18th at 5 p.m., launching a new series of Tuesday Talks there. 

  “Resilience” is the theme of a photography exhibit by Paula Goodbar, exploring resilience in women’s lives, in times of both positivity and challenge. It’s an exhibit over four years in the making, which will open at the Tronson Gallery on Main Street in Springfield on Friday, October 14th and run through October, down the street from where Paula Goodbar also serves as Executive Director of Emerald Art Center. She speaks with Eric Alan. 

  The Guy Mendilow Ensemble presents Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom, a performance that integrates songs and stories from Sephardic Jewish history, sung in the Ladino language. Guy Mendilow speaks with Eric Alan about that visceral music and its universal stories.

Comedienne Paula Poundstone is familiar to KLCC listeners for her hilarious contributions to NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. She’s equally funny and insightful as a standup comedian, which she’ll demonstrate on the Hult Center stage in Eugene on Saturday, October 15th. 

  Project Prayer Song aims to enlist half a million people globally to contribute their voice to one song, in service to human connection. A documentary film will be made of the process as well. Electronic music producer Jesse Scott speaks with Eric Alan about the ambitious project, including a definition of prayer that is not religious.

  

  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 1st 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 40th anniversary with a celebration at Eugene’s 5th Street Public Market on Friday, September 16th. 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 50th anniversary on September 8th,  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.  

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