John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

Vocalist Marisa Frantz is a native of Eugene who returned after several musical years in Nashville, and is a part of the Oregon Festival of American Music for the first time. She speaks with Eric Alan about balancing a reverence for vocal tradition while still making classic songs her own. She’ll be a featured vocalist in OFAM’s opening gala, which will be broadcast by KLCC on Tuesday evening, August 11th, during Heartwood Hotel.

In the first of two features on the Oregon Festival of Music 2015, Eric Alan speaks with Jim Ralph, Executive Director of the Shedd Institute. Jim talks about the transformative musical era from 1921 to 1934, and how it will be represented onstage during Tuesday evening’s opening gala. That concert will be broadcast live on KLCC during Heartwood Hotel, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

John Mayall, often known as “The Godfather of British Blues,” reflects on his legendary career in a conversation with Eric Alan that includes music from Mayall’s new release A Special Life. John Mayall performs at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Monday, July 13th, and at the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene on Tuesday, July 14th.

The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts launches its 2015 theatricals season with the classic musical, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, a satire of 1950s corporate America. Director Peg Major speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan, in an interview that includes music from the 2011 cast recording with Daniel Radcliffe. The play runs June 19th through 28th in the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene.

Photo by Eric Alan

Fiddler Hanneke Cassel returns to the Shedd in Eugene on Friday evening, May 8th, for a trio performance with Christopher Lewis on guitar and Mike Block on cello, who’s performed with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Bobby McFerrin and Mark O’Connor. Hanneke Cassel’s trio merges Scottish style instrumentals with influences from the American to the Chinese, and a Chinese saying provides the title to their latest release, Dot the Dragon’s Eyes. They performed live in the KLCC studios.

Oboist Allan Vogel and flutist Janice Tipton are renowned for their work with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Bach’s Circle, among many other credits. They’re currently in residency with Chamber Music Amici for a week educational offerings and performances that will culminate in a Baroque performance with Chamber Music Amici at the Shedd in Eugene on Monday, April 27th.

Photo by Robert Luk

Since their formation in Wisconsin in 1983, the BoDeans have been one of the American heartland’s iconic roots rock bands. Bandleader Kurt Neumann speaks with Eric Alan and shares music from their new release, I Can’t Stop, before the band performs at the Shedd in Eugene on Thursday, April 9th. 

Double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer has followed an eclectic musical path, from his solo classical performances to his diverse collaborations with everyone from Chris Thile to Yo-Yo Ma and many others. While in Eugene for a classically-focused solo concert at the Jacqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene on Wednesday, March 11th, he visited the KLCC studios for an interview, including bringing previously unreleased music to share.

As the 100th birthday of French vocalist Edith Piaf nears, Siri Vik presents La Mome: Piaf 100--three evenings of song honoring her music and life. It will be in a cabaret-style setting, as many of Piaf’s own performances were. Siri Vik’s performance will be in the Jacqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, Friday through Sunday, March 6th through 8th. Siri Vik joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Photo by Eric Alan

Chico Schwall and friends will present “Thunder and Lies: The Ballads of Francis James Child,” at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, on Thursday, February 26th. They’ll bring new life to English and Scottish popular songs that have endured from antiquity to the present day, in part because of Francis James Child’s efforts at Harvard in the late 1800s. Chico Schwall joins us here in the KLCC studios.

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