Oregon Mozart Players

Photo by Jessika Kaiser

Violinist Bella Hristova visits the KLCC studios to perform a solo piece from her native Bulgaria, and to talk about her performance on Saturday, October 3rd with the Oregon Mozart Players, where she will be the featured soloist on Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.” She has achieved international stardom before the age of thirty.   

The Willamette Valley’s musical community lost one of its most dedicated souls, when Jeff Eaton passed away from cancer in late January. He had three tenures with the Oregon Mozart Players, including two as executive director and one as general manager. As a cellist, he performed with the Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Opera and the Oregon Bach Festival, among others.

13-year-old violinist Claire Wells, winner of the junior division of the Oregon Mozart Players’ first Young Soloist Competition, speaks to Eric Alan before performing at Beall Hall on January 31st. She has already performed with ten orchestras in four countries.

Renowned double bassist DaXun Zhang and Kelly Kuo, artistic director of the Oregon Mozart Players, join Eric Alan to discuss their season-opening performances this weekend. Zhang is one of a family of eight bass players in China; he has performed extensively with YoYo Ma and others.

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.

The Oregon Mozart Players present their annual Candlelight Baroque concerts on Thursday and Friday, December 19th and 20th in Eugene. Artistic director and conductor Kelly Kuo speaks with Eric Alan about baroque music, candlelight, and how it all connects to current pop culture. Music is included in the interview, ranging from Albinoni to Corelli.

The Oregon Mozart Players open their new season under the direction of Kelly Kuo on Saturday, October 5th in Beall Hall on the UO campus in Eugene. The program includes Mozart's "Coronation" piano concerto, featuring the acclaimed pianist Anton Nel, a native of South Africa now settled in Austin Texas. He stopped by the KLCC studios to visit with Eric Alan.