Our final concert of the season features Mahler’s monumental Fifth Symphony. This iconic work, with its characteristic mix of joy and upheaval, speaks to the uncertainties of our times. It also includes the exquisite Adagietto, a musical love letter to his wife that will touch your heart. We’ve paired Mahler’s masterpiece with Haydn’s Symphony No. 88, one of his most buoyant and popular symphonies.Francesco Lecce-Chong, Conductor
Haydn: Symphony No. 88
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Trumpeting acclaim to the natural world, this concert opens with celebratory brass fanfare by Dukas. Then, we conclude our two-part collaboration with Augusta Read Thomas as Third Coast Percussion performs the West Coast premiere of Sonorous Earth, which features ceremonial bells from cultures all over the world. Wagner’s Ring Cycle hero makes an exuberant trip to the Rhine River, and then Debussy’s La Mer captures the essence of the ocean in all its ever-changing moods.
Ernest Hemingway’s greatest stories come to life in Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway, a new concerto for cello and orchestra in which each movement is inspired by a different novel – and it won the 2017 GRAMMY Award. Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona’s Malagueña evokes Spanish culture and rhythm. Then, in utter contrast, we take you to the rugged Finnish countryside for Sibelius’ waltz and his stunning Fifth Symphony, which ends with a glorious circular melody.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine showcases her “bravura technique and soulful musicianship” (New York Times) with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, which we present with projected images* of the McKenzie River in each glorious season of the year. Our tribute to the beauty around us begins with Gabriella Smith’s depiction of a walk along the Pacific coastline and ends with Elgar’s In the South, a vividly colorful homage to the Italian countryside.
Take the chill out of January with Edvard Grieg’s majestic piano concerto, one of the most beloved concertos in the piano repertoire. We’ve paired it with Schubert’s expansive final Symphony No. 9, about which fellow composer Robert Schumann wrote, “It reveals to us something more than beautiful song, mere joy and sorrow…it leads us into regions which we had never before explored.”Guest Conductor | Jon Kimura Parker, Piano
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Schubert: Symphony No. 9, "Great"
Celebrate the holidays with the Eugene Symphony while watching astonishing feats of acrobatic wizardry on – and above – the stage. You’ll hear favorites like Sleigh Ride and music from The Nutcracker while the orchestra is surrounded by aerial flyers, contortionists, jugglers and dancers. Bring the whole family!
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with the most beloved oratorio ever written? Composed in just three weeks, Messiah showcases Handel’s gift for melody and drama. The Eugene Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra for the complete Messiah, featuring all your favorite arias and choruses. Hallelujah!Francesco Lecce-Chong, Conductor | Eugene Symphony Chorus
20-year-old Seattle-born rising star violinist Simone Porter performs Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a work so virtuosic and stunning that your jaw may actually drop. We also perform Dvořák’s deeply felt Seventh Symphony, and Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture, one of his most sparkling orchestral works.Guest Conductor | Simone Porter, Violin
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1
Dvorák: Symphony No. 7
This eclectic program juxtaposes piano pyrotechnics with elegance and roguish fun. Mozart’s “Paris” is light and graceful in spirit. Ravel’s concerto, commissioned by a pianist who lost his right arm in World War I, is literally played with just the left hand! Liszt’s Totentanz is a dark and thrilling theme-and-variations for piano and orchestra, and Strauss’ shortest tone poem paints a portrait of a mischievous trickster.
Imagine an encircling ring of light as you listen to the opening of our 2017/18 season with Aureole, the first of two works by Augusta Read Thomas* we premiere this year. Then, Beethoven’s concerto reveals tantalizing hints of the emerging genius in a musical selfie of the young composer, while Tchaikovsky’s most popular symphony overflows with fateful drama.