Hult Center -- Eugene
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.
Ballet Fantastique’s ground-breaking ZORRO®: The Ballet returns to the Hult Center in 2018. This contemporary ballet re-telling of the legendary masked Diego de la Vega—aka “El Zorro” (the Fox)—premiered in 2013. Choreographer-Producers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager’s ZORRO®: The Ballet tells the origin story of the titular hero, set in a world in flux: Spanish America and Barcelona, a backdrop including decadent romance and fierce political intrigue, conflict between Native Americans and Spanish hacendados and great rivals from worlds of privilege.
Join us for an unforgettable performance as we again collaborate with the energetic, captivating, and self-proclaimed “little orchestra,” Pink Martini. Exciting new choreography accompanies the band’s eclectic mix of world jazz, pop and classical music. You may find yourself in a conga line by the end of the show!
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 your holiday season with a marvelous journey to Eugene Ballet’s The Nutcracker. There’s a joyful magic at every performance as hundreds of aspiring young dancers join the Company on stage, while the Sugar Plum Fairy transports all to the Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets. You’ll cheer and boo at the battle with the not-so-scary Mouse King and his Pirate Henchmice, as Clara and The Nutcracker win the day.
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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!
Ballet Fantastique’s sparkling holiday tradition, An American Christmas Carol, returns for 2017! Donna and Hannah Bontrager have re-imagined Charles Dickens’ beloved story in iconic post-WWII America with their original choreography set to the velvet voice of international chart-topping jazz singer—and local sweetheart—Halie Loren. Retro-glam choreography fuses drama and humor as it weaves the story of penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformative quest.