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Ari Shapiro is known to KLCC listeners as a host of NPR’s All Things Considered, and as a reporter who has filed compelling stories from across the globe.

Isaac Marquez has recently been named as Director of City of Eugene Cultural Services, responsible for oversight of the city’s Community Events and Public Art Programs, the Hult Center, and the Cuthbert Amphitheater.

Eugene Opera is reinventing itself, after canceling half of its previous season due to financial difficulties. New executive director Erika Rauer [rhymes with “tower”] outlines the organization’s new creative and financial vision, with KLCC’s Eric Alan. 

Soprano Renee Fleming is one of music’s most accomplished vocalists, with her accolades including multiple Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, bestowed upon her by President Obama.

Thirty-five years ago, the Hult Center in Eugene opened its doors, forever changing the city’s cultural landscape. In celebration, the venue will host a day of free events on September 16th. Joining KLCC’s Eric Alan to look ahead and look back are general manager Theresa Sizemore, and ticket office manager Marcia James, who has worked at the Hult Center since 1982.

Socio-Political comedian W. Kamau Bell is the host of the show United Shades of America on CNN, the author of the new book The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, the host of three podcasts, and star of the stand-up special and comedy album Semi-Prominent Negro. He’ll bring his stand-up comedy show to the Hult Center in Eugene on Friday, May 19th; he speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan from the CNN studios. 

Ira Glass has been a master storyteller for over twenty years, as host and creator of This American Life. In an in-depth interview with KLCC’s Eric Alan, he shares his thoughts on what makes for a compelling story, including examples ranging from the power of unstoppable delusions to what it’s like to discover that your mother is secretly running guns into Africa.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Eugene Symphony welcomes the third of its three finalists to become the symphony’s next conductor and music director. 

The Odyssey of These Days is an exhibition blending Wesley Hurd’s art with live Celtic chamber music from Eliot Grasso and Dreos.  It focuses on the transition from grief to hope, and was deeply affected by the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg in 2015.

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

Sharon Isbin is one of the world’s most accomplished guitarists, in classical music and beyond.

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

  The Eugene Symphony welcomes the second of its three finalists to become the symphony’s next conductor and music director. Ryan McAdams will conduct the Eugene Symphony on Thursday, January 26th at the Hult Center.

Radiolab has become one of this era’s most inventive radio programs and podcasts, bringing a sense of discovery and curiosity to big ideas from science to philosophy. Co-host Robert Krulwich speaks with Eric Alan about orchestrating the news, snail sex, and what it means to keep your stupid on.

  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. 

  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.

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. 

  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 26th through September 4th in the Hult Center’s Studio One. 

    

  The troupe Che Malambo brings the rhythmic dance of Argentina’s 17th century gauchos into the present. Producer Matthew Bledsoe speaks with Eric Alan about the rhythms, the cultural heritage and compelling history of the dance. Che Malambo performs at the Hult Center on Thursday, May 26th. 

  Digital and traditional artists will explore the theme of ritual in the fifth annual (sub)Urban Projections festival, presented by City of Eugene Cultural Services and Harmonic Laboratory at the Hult Center in Eugene on April 21st and 22nd. John Park, animator and digital artist for Harmonic Laboratory, and Isaac Marquez, Public Art Manager for the City of Eugene, speak with Eric Alan about creating new possibilities and turning the seven-level lobby into a performance space integrating artists and audience. 

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. 

  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.

  Eugene Ballet presents Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Hult Center on February 13th and 14th, with Orchestra Next and the Eugene Concert Choir. Eric Alan speaks with artistic director Toni Pimble and soprano Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez about the joys and challenges of the classic piece.  

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

  As part of the Eugene Symphony’s 50th anniversary season, Giancarlo Guerrero returns to conduct music by Respighi and Durufle on Thursday evening, January 21st. He speaks with Eric Alan about his tenure in Eugene, his new life in Nashville, and his vision for the symphony. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Jacobs Gallery in Eugene will close on January 31st. City of Eugene Cultural Services will host a community conversation about future uses for the Jacobs Gallery space, on January 13th at the Hult Center Studio at 5:30 p.m. Eric Alan speaks with gallery board member Katy Szekely about her perspectives on the conversation, and the future of the space. 

  Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, one copy of the first collected works of his material is on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

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"The City of the Arts and Outdoors" is losing another visual art space. Jacobs Art Gallery at the Hult Center in Eugene has announced plans to close. They say the community gallery doesn't receive the financial support necessary to operate.

The last few days have been tough for Alex Brokaw. After being a part of the decision to close, the Jacobs Gallery Board President is still coming to terms.

    Georgina Hayns is Creative Supervisor of Puppet Fabrication at LAIKA Animation Studio in Portland. At LAIKA, she has supervised puppet fabrication on the films ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Coraline; she’s also worked on other films including Mars Attacks! and the Oscar-nominated short Periwig Maker. She’ll give a presentation in the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater in Eugene on Saturday, October 31st in conjunction with the 2 p.m. screening of ParaNorman, as part of All Hallows Eugene.

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.

“Chalk Outlines” is a performance piece by the Embodiment Project in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which will be performed on the Hult Center Plaza in Eugene on Thursday, August 27th at 5:30 p.m. Eric Alan speaks with artistic director Nicole Klaymoon and musical director Valerie Troutt.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Eugene Concert Choir completes its 40th anniversary season by featuring Celtic Spring with the Willis Clan on Saturday, April 25th at the Hult Center in Eugene. The Willis Clan includes twelve siblings from Nashville who merge Irish music and song and dance. They’ve gained international attention through winning the Today Show Sound of Music Singing Family Contest on NBC, and placing first in the 2013 International Irish Music Festival Competition in Dublin.

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