Help choose our next Music Director & Conductor
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 Search Committee received more than 250 applications from candidates in 44 countries around the world and 34 US states. Read more about the search process in this news release.
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.
Click here for a copy of the post-concert survey for the December 8 concert with Dina Gilbert. Please postmark it by Thursday, December 15.
The Finalists Concerts
All concerts begin at 8 p.m. at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene.
December 8, 2016
Korngold Violin Concerto
Dina Gilbert | Conductor
Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Korngold: Violin Concerto (Elena Urioste, violin)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version)
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
About Dina Gilbert: A native of Québec, Dina Gilbert is the assistant conductor at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since April 2013. She is also the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Arkea, a Montreal-based professional chamber orchestra that presents innovative interpretations of orchestral music. Recognized for her energy, precision and versatility, Dina Gilbert brings great passion to the orchestral repertoire, and is also dedicated to conducting new commissions and works by Canadian composers. Learn more.
January 26, 2017
Barber Piano Concerto
Ryan McAdams | Conductor
Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
Barber: Piano Concerto (Andrew von Oeyen, piano)
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
About Ryan McAdams: A resident of Brooklyn, Ryan McAdams is quickly establishing himself as a prized symphonic, operatic, and contemporary music conductor. In 2010, he made a highly successful European debut with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence and led the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. His debut with the Israel Philharmonic, replacing an indisposed Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, was hailed as "extraordinary," "masterful," and "immense[ly] dramatic" by the Jerusalem Post. McAdams is the first-ever recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award. Learn more.
March 16, 2017
Bartók Piano Concerto
Francesco Lecce-Chong | Conductor
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Kuok-Wai Lio, piano)
Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier (1945 version)
About Francesco Lecce-Chong: 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. Learn more.
Bartók Piano Concerto
Our third Music Director finalist, Francesco Lecce-Chong, takes the podium to conduct an exquisite evening of music including works by Mozart, R. Strauss, Liszt, and Bartok.
In February 2018, we present a special multimedia version of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons in collaboration with Travel Lane County and the McKenzie River Trust featuring public-submitted photos of the McKenzie River throughout the year.