Hult Center -- Eugene
A family-friendly concert of carols and festive music with the charm of the Dickens Past, Present and Future in holiday attire representing different eras, including beloved traditional carols and a Renaissance scene enacted and performed by the Eugene Vocal Arts in period costume. Popular holiday songs of today, with talented local individual guest performers and a jazz/pop combo will explore the diversity of holiday celebrations. And as our “future,” youth choirs will especially be featured.
Presented by National Geographic Live! and Hult Presents
Meet Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered—larger than T. rex—and hear the incredible story of how this prehistoric giant was almost lost to science, before being brought back to light with the help of a remarkable young paleontologist.
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
This Mother’s Day weekend, choreographer-producers Donna and Hannah Bontrager present a bold, splashy, and playful new ballet that crosses genres and defies expectations. Alice in Wonderland: Remix brings the vivid visions of Lewis Carroll to life, combining BFan’s dance theater with an electro-swing soundtrack and a steampunk twist. An exhilarating, daredevil score of original music from Eugene’s High Step Society takes Alice through a raucous journey filled with theatrical invention, puppetry, and playful costumes.
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.
For the first time in our 38-year history, we present the dramatic and entrancing Norwegian tale of Peer Gynt. Bring your passport and journey along at Toni Pimble’s remarkable retelling of dramatist Henrik Ibsen’s play, as we follow Peer Gynt’s adventures through the real and surreal, across deserts and mountaintops. You’ll be immersed in our groundbreaking “virtual reality inspired” scenic design and Orchestra Next’s live performances of Edvard Grieg’s harmonic and theatrical score.
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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.