- Eugene Symphony Announces New Music Director (4/26/2017)
After a thorough community-based process, we are thrilled to announce Francesco Lecce-Chong will become our new Music Director on July 1, 2017.
He will begin his tenure by conducting the ninth annual Eugene Symphony in the Park, a free outdoor concert at Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene on Saturday, July 22, followed by outdoor concerts in Cottage Grove and Roseburg. The first concert that Lecce-Chong will conduct on the orchestra’s ticketed 52nd season at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts is with Renée Fleming on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
“It is truly a privilege and honor to join the Eugene Symphony with its rich history of artistic excellence and innovation,” said Lecce-Chong. “With the greatest excitement, I look forward to collaborating on vibrant performances with the orchestra’s talented musicians and working with the dedicated staff, board, and volunteers. Together, I am confident we will deliver and even expand on the orchestra’s mission of enriching lives through the power of music.”
A native of Boulder, Colorado, Lecce-Chong has worked with orchestras around the world. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in piano and orchestral conducting, graduate degree from the Mannes College of Music, and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied as a Martin and Sarah Taylor Fellow with Otto-Werner Mueller. Learn more here.
- Third Finalist for Music Director to Conduct March 16 Concert (3/3/2017)
Concert program: Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 with Kuok-Wai Lio
Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier (1945 version)
Artist bio: American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, a native of Boulder, Colorado, has worked with orchestras around the world including engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently holds the positions of Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Lecce-Chong served as Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Grand Teton Music Festival. Lecce-Chong holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in piano and orchestral conducting graduate from the Mannes College of Music, and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied as a Martin and Sarah Taylor Fellow with Otto-Werner Mueller. More at www.lecce-chong.com.
- The impact of music in the community (3/3/2017)
Thanks for all the Eugene Symphony Guild volunteers who help as ushers at Youth Concerts.and as a sponsor.
February was a month of community engagement! We not only brought more than 2,000 elementary students to the Hult Center for our Youth Concerts, The Orchestra Moves, but we also hosted world-renowned classical guitarist Sharon Isbin as an artist-in-residence. Along with performing in the Symphonic Series concert on February 16, she visited schools, spoke with community groups, and led a master class for local guitarists.
Also, a group of 42 students traveled more than three hours to see our “Pictures at an Exhibition” concert. Their teacher told us, “The students loved it and they could not stop talking about the symphony! You have helped make a lasting impression in 42 students from Bandon! Some of which have never been out of Coos County and have never experienced anything like it.”
Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors who help make our $10 youth tickets and community engagement programs a reality!
- News–ESA (2/13/2017)
EUGENE SYMPHONY ARTIST RESIDENCY:
Sharon Isbin, Guitar & Christopher Rouse, Composer
February 13- 17, 2017
All events are FREE and open to the public!
View the full artist residency Here.
Monday, February 13
4:00pm ‘Guitar Solos from Spain & Latin America’ – Sharon Isbin performs at McKenzie River Music, 455 W 11th, followed by a Q&A with the audience
Tuesday, February 14
4:00pm Laura Avery Visiting Masters Class with Sharon Isbin giving feedback to three area guitarists, The Studio at the Hult Center
4:00pm Christopher Rouse presents at the Oregon Composers Forum, at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance
Thursday, February 16
1:00pm Christopher Rouse leads a composition master class at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance
5:30pm A free screening of the documentary film Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, in The Studio at the Hult Center
7:00-7:30pm Eugene Symphony Guild Concert Preview, in The Studio, with Danail Rachev, Christopher Rouse, and Sharon Isbin talking about the evening’s music
8:00pm Eugene Symphony Concert in Silva Concert Hall. Here’s the full program:
CHRISTOPHER ROUSE: Rapture
CHRISTOPHER ROUSE: Concert de Gaudí (Sharon Isbin, guitar)
MUSSORGSKY/orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Youth & Student tickets available for $10! – BUY TICKETS
- News–ESA (1/25/2017)
A nexus of nature & music: Eugene Symphony partners with McKenzie River Trust and Travel Lane County to present The Four Seasons of the McKenzie River
The multimedia performance will feature imagery of the McKenzie River taken throughout all seasons of the year by amateur and professional photographers in Oregon. Submissions are now accepted.
Read the Press Release for more information: The Four Seasons of the McKenzie River Press Release
Three Finalists for Music Director & Conductor to Conduct Orchestra in Public
Following an extensive search, the Eugene Symphony has selected finalists for its next Music Director & Conductor, who will take the position following the completion of Danail Rachev’s eight-year tenure at the end of the 2016/17 season.
The three finalists will conduct the orchestra in public, ticketed Symphonic series concerts during this 2016/17 season. Audience members will be given the opportunity to provide feedback via a post-concert survey.
Please click on the links below to learn more about the finalists.
- News–ESA (9/20/2016)
Finalists Announced for Next Music Director
Following an extensive search, the Eugene Symphony has selected finalists for its next Music Director and Conductor, who will take the position following the completion of Danail Rachev’s eight-year tenure at the end of the 2016-2017 season. Read the full news release.
Guild Donation for 2015-2016 Presented to Eugene Symphony Association
Susan Greenwald, President 2015-2016, presented a check for $34,000 to Scott Freck, Executive Director and Dave Pottinger, Vice President of the Eugene Symphony Association at the Guild’s Annual Meeting in June 2016. Fundraisers that earned the donation included a Cabaret (Fall of 2015), Musical Chairs parties (April-June), Music in the Garden (June), and Music in the Garden Party (June). Thanks to all the Guild volunteers who contributed their time and energy to make this a successful year to help support the Eugene Symphony.