We cap our season with three interlinked concerts we're calling C3: Creativity, Connection, Community and which each have engaging elements that highlight the fundamental human drive to share our experiences. We hope you join us — it's going to be a wonderful journey!

- Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director


The first concert of our C3 Series! Each concert invites patrons to partake in pre-concert lobby activities. We'll have different stations that celebrate Creativity. You'll get a chance to 'Conduct the Symphony' with a little help from orchestra musicians and Francesco Lecce-Chong offering conducting lessons, plus a close look at what a symphonic composition looks like in its myriad draft forms.

We inaugurate our four-year “First Symphony Project” with a new original work by Composer-in-Residence Matt Browne, The Course of Empire. It's inspired by five massive paintings at the New York Historical Society. You can take a video tour (with Matt as your guide) right here.

Finally, the orchestra performs Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring pianist Daniel Hsu. As he began to compose this piece, Rachmaninov was in the depths of a three-year depression, during which he'd sworn off composing.

"This concerto is not a given," says Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. "It's not a given how popular and how amazing and how beautiful it is. It's a composer taking his first faltering steps back into the composing world."

Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 is an epic and beloved piece that you'll hear differently because of the journey in Creativity we've all just taken together.

How to participate with your phone during Tan Dun's Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds

Tan Dun's Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds weaves together the ancient sounds of birds with modern technology, including a smartphone. To participate from the audience, you must download an audio track to your smartphone.

Find this file on your device at the beginning of the performance and wait for the conductor's cue! (Please be sure that your device is in "airplane mode" before the performance begins, in order to prevent unwanted noises.)



The supporting activities for our second C3 concert are all about Connection! As you enter the Hult Center lobby on concert night, Eugene's Instaballet dance troupe will be crowdsourcing the audience for inspiration. They'll synthesize the suggestions from the audience and then perform an improvised choreography — created by our audience! —onstage as the orchestra plays Fauré’s Pavane.

Four visual artists have interpreted a movement of Paul Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis, a piece being performed in the evening's program. These interpretations will be on view with Eugene Symphony's partner in this endeavor, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

"These works will help the audience to visually see the metamorphosis of the music," says Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. "While they hear the changing of the melody, they will see the changing visual project onstage that matches that and heightens the experience."

Violist Roberto Diaz performs a concerto by modern composer Jennifer Higdon, a Pulitzer Prize and two-time Grammy-winner who is a major figure in contemporary classical music.

The capstone experience of the evening, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, is a classical stalwart famously held together by just four notes. In the context of this program, the audience is asked to explore What did it take to write this piece and put it all together?


Our closing C3 Concert examines Community. The program will look at first at interpersonal relationships, the micro of community, through the lens of two depictions of friendship. First, Richard Strauss's Don Quixote portrays the famous friendship of Don Quixote (cello) and Sancho Panza (viola).

Edward Elgar's "Enigma" Variations are dedicated to a friend of his — including one for a dog!

Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong says, "At the end of the piece, we realize that each of these relationships in total sum become Elgar's community."

As part of our examination of community and directly related to Elgar's piece, we'll collect and display your testimonials on musical friendships and relationships in your lives.

Finally, we close our evening with the Community in a very macro sense — with the community we engage with daily to create in both large and small ways. As the orchestra performs Ravel's Bolero onstage, the audience will view a video project where orchestra musicians played this piece "in the wild," in and around the Eugene Community. Spot familiar landmarks in this classical music video, like the Eugene Public Library and Kesey Square!