Sun April 21 | 1:30 PM

Family Concert

The Firebird

Fairytale characters are brought to life through sound during our annual Family Concert. Wigglers and dancers welcome!


April 21, 2024 1:30 PM

Family Concert

The Firebird

Vinay Parmeswaran, conductor
Danielle Tolmie, choreographer, Eugene Ballet Academy

Ginastera | “Malambo” from Four Dances from Estancia

Stravinsky | The Firebird Suite

In partnership with Eugene Ballet Academy, we’re bringing Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird to life on stage as part of our annual Family Concert. Your little ones will be amazed at the scene unfolding before their eyes and ears, as they meet the Russian fairytale princes, princesses, an evil king, and the heroic Firebird! Wigglers and dancers welcome.

Join us an hour before each concert to try out instruments at our Instrument Petting Zoo and to enjoy other family-friendly activities in the lobby.

Mark Tucker, Principal Dancer, Eugene Ballet
Sofia Kovash, Hana Luebke, Roxy Plummer, Rebecca Sherer, Lilliana Sugai, Eugene Ballet Academy

About Vinay Parameswaran

Vinay Parameswaran

Internationally recognized for his energetic presence, imaginative programming, and compelling musicianship, Vinay Parameswaran is one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors on the podium today.

Highlights of the 2022/23 season include Parameswaran’s debut with the Charlotte Symphony and return appearances with the Nashville Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras. He also conducts a series of education concerts with the Chicago Symphony. In the 2021/22 season, Parameswaran concluded five seasons with the Cleveland Orchestra, where he was Assistant Conductor from 2018/19 and promoted to Associate Conductor in 2021. During this period, he conducted many concerts each season at Severance Hall, Blossom Music Festival, and on tour. As Music Director, he led the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra on an acclaimed four-city European tour that included a performance at the Musikverein in Vienna.

Prior to his time with the Cleveland Orchestra, Parameswaran was the Associate Conductor of the Nashville Symphony for three seasons and led over 150 performances, which included his subscription debut with the Orchestra in 2016/17, conducting works by Gabriella Smith, Grieg, and Prokofiev. Other highlights have included debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony.

Equally at home in symphonic and operatic repertoire, and in the recording studio, Parameswaran has led performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love with Curtis Opera Theater. In Cleveland, he has assisted Franz Welser-Möst on productions of Verdi’s Otello, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. With the Curtis Ensemble 20/21and violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh, Parameswaran recorded the album Two x Four, featuring works by Bach, David Ludwig, Philip Glass, and Anna Clyne. In 2020/21, Parameswaran recorded a selection of concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra for the Orchestra’s digital streaming platform.

Parameswaran was a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and has participated in conducting masterclasses with David Zinman at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, as well as with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Parameswaran was a recipient of a Career Assistance Award by the Solti Foundation U.S. in May 2021.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Parameswaran graduated with honours from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in music and political science. At Brown, he began his conducting studies with Paul Phillips. He received an Artist Diploma in conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with renowned pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller as the Albert M. Greenfield Fellow.

About Hanna Foshay

Hanna Foshay is a local performer hailing from Junction City, Oregon. She holds her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Oregon State University and has worked as a musical theatre performer with several theater companies in the Willamette Valley. Hanna is the resident director and choreographer for Navigators Homeschool Group’s youth theatre, recently directing their spring production of High School Musical. You may have recently seen Hanna on stage at The Shedd Institute in several of their latest theatrical productions such as Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), Sweet Charity (Helene), and their collaboration with the Microphilharmonic on L’Histoire du Soldat (The Devil). Hanna has also appeared in local productions of Seussical (The Sour Kangaroo), Little Women (Jo March), The Secret Garden (Martha), and R&H Cinderella (Gabrielle).

Eugene Ballet Academy

Eugene Ballet Academy (EBA) is dedicated to providing an education in dance that will nurture a lifelong appreciation of the arts. For over 60 years, EBA has inspired students of all ages to express themselves through movement while developing important life skills— discipline, motivation, and respect. Devoted faculty provide students with a sound and full curriculum in dance, preparing them for extraordinary performing opportunities with the Eugene Ballet and beyond. EBA educates, inspires, and nurtures the love of dance.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of Eugene Symphony audience members, musicians, and staff members has been and will always be our top priority. We strongly welcome and encourage patrons who wish to continue wearing masks while attending performances to do so. We want all of our attendees to feel comfortable and accepted in your choice. You take care of you, we'll take care of the music and ensuring that your experience attending a Eugene Symphony concert remains exceptional.

For the most up to date health and safety protocols for our concerts, visit our Eugene Symphony Safety page.

LOCATION: Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Youth: $10 | Adult: $20

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