Hult Center

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.

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.

Eugene Ballet Company concludes its season with the world premiere of Tommy the Ballet, at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th. It merges the Who’s classic rock opera with the original choreography of Toni Pimble, dancing pinball machines, and a live band That entire band visited the KLCC studios, live, along with Eugene Ballet Company’s artistic director and choreographer Toni Pimble, for songs and celebration.

(sub)Urban Projections is a two-day digital art and media festival at the Hult Center on April 2nd and 3rd, including a free multi-media event Thursday evening in the lobby, and the world premiere of Quixotic: Gravity of Center in the Silva Concert Hall on Friday. Composer Jeremy Schropp and choreographer Brad Garner of Harmonic Laboratory speak with Eric Alan about the cutting-edge creative festival. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Ballet Fantastique will premiere The Odyssey, a ballet with original choreography based on Homer’s classic tale, at the Hult Center in Eugene, Friday, February 27th through Sunday, March 1st. The performance will include live music from Cullen Vance, looping violinist. He and principal dancer Fabio Simoes visited KLCC for conversation and music.

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.

The Elixir of Love

Dec 30, 2014
Photo by Cliff Coles, Eugene Opera

To launch its 38th season, Eugene Opera presents Donizetti’s romantic comedy The Elixir of Love. Metropolitan Opera star Marco Nistico plays Dr. Dulcamara , the purveyor of this elixir. He speaks with Eric Alan, along with Eugene Opera’s musical director, Andrew Bisantz.

For over thirty years, Jose Hernandez has led Mariachi Sol de Mexico, the first mariachi band to be nominated for a Grammy Award. Jose Hernandez speaks to Eric Alan about mariachi music for the holidays, as Mariachi Sol de Mexico performs in Eugene and Bend.

Photo by Hugh Hamrick

Humorist David Sedaris speaks with Eric Alan about such varied topics as the differences in optimism between the British and Americans, his judgments about a tour guide in the Mekong Delta, and why Eugene is such a great place to get a haircut. David Sedaris appears at the Hult Center on November 20th, touring behind his new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

Radio Redux opens 2014-15 season

Oct 28, 2014

Radio Redux is a theater company based in Eugene which celebrates the golden age of radio, roughly 1935-1960, by recreating important broadcasts live on stage. Radio Redux has a new home at the Soreng Theatre at the Hult Center. The new season opens this Friday with "Arsenic & Old Lace.

Photo by Eric Alan

Blaze and Kelly are a duo from Idaho that includes Niccole Blaze on guitar and vocals, and Mo Kelly on bass and vocals. They came in to the KLCC studios for songs and conversation in the midst of an Oregon tour, including upcoming appearances at the Arts Northwest Booking Conference, Nana's Irish Pub in Newport, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, and the Drift Inn in Yachats.

A Conversation with Itzhak Perlman

Sep 26, 2014

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. 

Kathleen Madigan has established herself as one of this country’s top stand-up comedians, in a career spanning over twenty-five years. She speaks with Eric Alan about her endless tour, including entertaining the troops in Afghanistan along with Robin Williams. She also talks about the family roots of her comedy, and whether or not women have a disadvantage in the comedic world. She appears at the Hult Center in Eugene on September 12th.

Photo by Papermoon, with model Star

The art of local fashion will be celebrated in “Sidewalk to Catwalk,” in the Hult Center Lobby on Wednesday evening. Grace McNabb and Mitra Chester speak with Eric Alan about fashion as a conversation, its reflection of regional culture, and the inspiration it gives in return.

Bohemian Dub Ball

May 9, 2014

A look at the Bohemian Dub Ball, an ambitious and multidisciplinary event at the Hult Center on Saturday, May 10th. It will feature electronic artists paired with a thirty-piece concert orchestra, dance, visual artists and more. Our guests are Calyn Kelly from the Community Center for the Performing Arts, JoJo Ferreira from Medium Troy, and Jeremy Schropp from Harmonic Laboratory.

Carol Burnett stands as one of the all-time legends of comedy, and at 81 years old she’s still as vibrant as ever. Before her May 7th Hult Center show, she speaks with Eric Alan about her comedic career, including the time a Tarzan yell nearly got her killed, and what she would’ve done if she was Osama bin Laden for 24 hours.

Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti returns to the Willamette Valley with a performance at the Hult Center in Eugene on May 1st, not far from where he grew up in Corvallis. He speaks with Eric Alan about collaborating with Mark Knopfler and Frank Sinatra, and how growing up in Corvallis helped him as a young player.

Steve Landes has been portraying an eight-year portion of John Lennon’s life for sixteen years, as part of the multi-media Beatles tribute called Rain. Before Rain’s performance at the Hult Center, he speaks with Eric Alan about the oddity and excitement of the role, what it takes to recreate the Beatles, and what he’ll do when he no longer looks like John Lennon.

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.

The Eugene Ballet Company is collaborating with the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies for Zoot Suit Riot at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th. The performances will also include a tribute piece called “Silk and Steel,” by Toni Pimble, the Eugene Ballet Company’s Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer. She and Steve Perry, vocalist and guitarist of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, talk with Eric Alan about the unusual collaboration.

The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras celebrate eighty years of bringing music into the lives of youth, with a performance at the Hult Center in Eugene on April 5th. That performance will include all of the ESYO ensembles, and a guest appearance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham Fine, a Eugene native who once played violin in ESYO. She joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, along with Michele Pound, ESYO’s Executive Director.

Eugene Opera presents Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at the Hult Center in Eugene, starring the Metropolitan Opera’s Emily Pulley. The opera is part of a larger citywide celebration of the women of the pioneer American West. Emily Pulley speaks with Eric Alan about her role, the cinematic score, and the universal themes of the Wild West.

Jazz at Lincoln Center has been dedicated to the performance, education and preservation of jazz for over 25 years, all with Wynton Marsalis as Artistic Director. Wynton Marsalis joins Eric Alan for conversation and music, before the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs at the Hult Center on March 5th.

 

The Eugene Concert Choir presents Faure’s Requiem   at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, March 1st, joined by the Oregon Mozart Players and guest vocalists Sharla Nafziger and Anton Belov. Diane Retallack, Artistic and Executive Director of the Eugene Concert Choir, speaks with Eric Alan.

Eugene Ballet Company presents two diverse events in February. First, Scheherazade and Bolero, with live music by Orchestra Next. Then, they’ll host Ailey II—the junior dance company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—for performances in Eugene and Salem. Toni Pimble, artistic director of Eugene Ballet Company, joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Nearly fifty years into his recording career, Boz Scaggs is making some of his best soul music. He’ll appear at the Hult Center in Eugene on February 8th, touring behind his new CD Memphis. Music new and old from Boz, mixed with his conversation with Eric Alan about the magic of recording where Al Green did, forays into jazz, and the mix of music in Saturday’s show. 

The 20th annual Dance for a Reason benefit performance brings an eclectic array of dancers together at the Hult Center on Friday, January 24th, as a benefit for the Lane County School Garden Project. Eric Alan speaks with Dance for a Reason founder Geni Morrow and John Moriarty, Executive Director of the School Garden Project.

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