Eugene Symphony

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to conduct the Eugene Symphony on Thursday, October 15th as part of the symphony’s 50th anniversary season. He speaks with Eric Alan about the evening’s program, and how it relates to his global program to present the music of South American composers.   

The Eugene Symphony celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with the 2015/2016 season, featuring a special range of performances, including return appearances from conductors Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Music director and conductor Danail Rachev previews the season with Eric Alan.

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 Eric Alan

The Eugene Symphony welcomes one of this era’s pre-eminent instrumentalists, as saxophonist Branford Marsalis arrives this week for a performance and educational residency. He will perform with the Eugene Symphony on Thursday, January 22nd on Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da camera and John Williams’s Escapades. He will also teach master classes for middle and high school students, lead discussions at the UO, and coach both the UO and LCC jazz bands. Branford Marsalis joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

On the eve of her first solo performance with the Eugene Symphony, violinist and concertmaster Searmi Park speaks with Eric Alan about Barber’s Violin Concerto, including how soccer helped her to learn its difficult passages, and why relaxation is vital.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman will perform the Beethoven violin concerto with the Eugene Symphony this Sunday at the Hult Center. Mr. Perlman spoke with KLCC's Michael Canning about his career, the future of Classical music, and his relationship with Beethoven's masterwork for violin. 

Guest conductor Grant Llewellyn, a native of Wales, will join the Eugene Symphony for their April performances in Eugene and Florence. He also is participating in extensive artist residency programs this week as well. He speaks with Eric Alan about the experience.

Pink Martini and the Eugene Symphony will join forces for a unique, multi-denominational holiday concert at the Hult Center on December 14th. Music from Pink Martini’s Joy to the World and Get Happy CDs, as Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale speaks with Eric Alan about collaborating with Phyllis Diller, why everyone should have a doppelganger, and why young people can’t sing well about love.

As the Eugene Symphony's month-long, city-wide Counterpoint Festival continues, the symphony and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival prepare to collaborate on a groundbreaking version of Romeo and Juliet on November 23rd. It combines a full symphony orchestra performing music from Prokofiev with Shakespeare's classic text, brought to the stage by three actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Eric Alan speaks with Terri McMahon, who directs OSF's participation.

The Eugene Symphony presents its second Counterpoint Festival, partnering with a variety of community and arts organizations to explore the themes of “Love and Fate,” in events across the spectrum of the creative arts. That includes two performances by the Eugene Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique on November 14th, then Romeo & Juliet and Porgy & Bess on November 23rd, including collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Eric Alan speaks with the symphony’s executive director Scott Freck, and music director and conductor Danail Rachev.