Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture reporter. 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. 

Ways to Connect

  “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. 

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