UO School of Music and Dance

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Dema Ensemble is a new group that weaves drumming, dancing, singing and other forms of visual and physical storytelling from a variety of African cultures. 

  Guy Sigsworth is a classical harpsichordist and electronic dance music producer who has collaborated with Madonna, Bjork and many others, and led his own duo Frou Frou to pop stardom. He speaks with Eric Alan about whether pop music is rubbish, finding the soul in electronic machines, and the basic vitality of choral music. He’s in residency at the UO School of Music and Dance this week.   

Quetzal, Live at KLCC

Feb 24, 2016
Photo by Eric Alan

  The Grammy-winning ensemble Quetzal has come out of East L.A.’s Chicano community to create a vision that integrates music, dance and community activism in truly global ways.

  Aaron Ragan-Fore, Director of Communications for the UO School of Music and Dance, examines the crossover between the university and the surrounding valley, through creative partnerships and audience outreach. He also explores the valley's rich offerings in the dance and music worlds, and traces how the flow of alumni into the greater creative community supports local artistic growth.

  Eugene native Elizabeth Rowe has gone on to national prominence as a flutist, including her current role with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she holds the Walter Piston Principal Flute Chair. She has also held key positions within the orchestras of Baltimore, Washington DC and Fort Wayne, and currently teaches at both the New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center. She’s returned to her hometown for a week-long residency that includes performances at Beall Hall on Wednesday, November 4th, and with the Oregon Mozart Players on Saturday, November 7th.

Photo by Hiroshi Iwaya

An interview with violinist Monica Huggett , who is celebrating her twentieth year as artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra. They’ll perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons along with other music from Vivaldi, Locatelli and Locke in the Chamber Music at Beall series on Tuesday, April 28th on the UO campus.

Shantala Subramanyam, flute artist from Chennai, India—a master of South Indian Classical music—is in performance at Beall Hall on the UO campus in Eugene this evening, April 3rd. She’ll be in trio with Avaneeswaram S.R. Vinu on violin and percussionist Palakkad Mahesh Kumar. The concert is presented by the UO School of Music and Dance. Her trio visited the KLCC studios for music and conversation.

Photo by Eric McNatt

Dance 2015, the UO’s annual faculty dance recital, features new choreography by New York-based choreographer Michelle Boulé, recipient of the UO’s Boekelheide Award. Michelle Boulé and Associate Professor of Dance Walter Kennedy speak with Eric Alan about dance and its joy. Dance 2015 happens February 12th-14th in the Robinson Theatre on the UO campus.

Matthew Halls, artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, speaks with Eric Alan about “Deep in My Soul Forever Stay,” a concert of remembrance for Veterans Day, presented on Sunday, November 9th. The interview includes music from Purcell, MacMillan and Bruckner.

Photo by Eric Alan

Phusiri Marka is a band from the Chilean Andes, whose name translates as “Town of Wind Players.” They have been performing traditional panpipe, tarka and orquestra music since 1976. Before performing in Beall Hall on the UO campus on Friday, October 24th, a smaller version of the ensemble came to play in the KLCC studios. They were joined by Juan Eduardo Wolf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the UO and head of the UO World Music Series.