Sat March 4 | 5:30 PM

Eugene Symphony Gala

Music | Joy | Connection

Join your Symphony community for an elegant evening of dinner, drinks, a live auction, music, and dancing.


March 4, 2023 5:30 PM

Eugene Symphony Gala

Music | Joy | Connection

Join us for the social event of the season!

Enjoy celebratory cocktails, elegant dinner, live auction, DJ, and dancing, as we uplift our collective commitment to enriching lives through the power of music.

Saturday, March 4, 2023

The Graduate Eugene
66 E 6th Ave., Eugene, OR 97404

  • 5:30 pm: Registration and Cocktail Hour
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner, Live Auction, Dancing with DJ

Festive Attire

Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director & Conductor

While celebrating the reunion of our community after too much time apart, you will help us support these meaningful Symphony programs and more:

  • Youth Concerts: for students in grades 3-5, finally back in the Hult Center after three years!
  • Private Lesson Program: free private instruction for deserving young instrumentalists.
  • Encouraging Young Musicians to Achieve: ESA musicians support local school orchestras and bands.
  • Free Summer Concert Series: outdoor concerts reaching 10,000 people of all ages each season.

Purchase tickets here.

Registration opens Monday, January 30, 2023.

RSVP by Monday, February 20, 2023.

Are you a first time Gala attendee?

What is a Gala?

A Gala is a fundraising event AND a great way to spend time with other people who love the Symphony and enjoy a great party. The evening includes a live auction, cocktails, live entertainment, a DJ, dancing, socializing, and a delicious dinner catered by the Graduate Eugene. It will be a night to remember amongst friends and fellow Eugenians who enjoy the opportunity to give back to support live music in our community.

What can I expect at this event?

Aside from the dining, dancing, and live music, there will be an engaging live auction where guests are invited to donate to Symphony programs. Facilitated by a professional auctioneer, auction items are one-of-a-kind experiences that you won’t see anywhere else–from a trip to Santa Rosa to go wine tasting with Eugene Symphony’s Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, to a ride in a private plane circling view of Crater Lake National Park piloted by a former Olympian pole-vaulter, there is an experience for every adventurer. Learn more about our Gala Gift packages below.

Who attends a Gala?

Gala attendees like to get dressed up, have a fun night out, and make meaningful contributions towards supporting the future of live classical music in this community. This Symphony celebration benefits our onstage programming, community engagement, and music education programs.

What if I’ll be out of town? Can I still participate in the live auction?

Yes, you can! Contact our Development Director Gretchen Farrar via email at to find out more about proxy bidding.

Auction Packages

Maestro for a Moment

Maestro for a Moment:

Win the chance to enjoy a private conducting lesson with Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong and show off your skills by conducting at the Symphony’s Summer Concert at the Cuthbert. Complete your evening with an elegant dinner at Marché Restaurant and take home a keepsake conductor’s baton.

Gettin' Whisky

Gettin’ Whisky:

Generously sponsored by Joanna and Otto Radke, this exclusive rain or shine event will feature Scotch whisky curation by Ian Kerr and relaxing and socializing with friends in an elegant outdoor patio space.

Marin Alsop

Romance in Seattle:

Meet and greet legendary American conductor (and Eugene Symphony Conductor Laureate) Marin Alsop, the first woman to win the Koussevitzky Prize for conducting and the first conductor to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. See Alsop conduct Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet on June 17-18 with tickets in the Seattle Symphony’s President’s Box.

Santa Rose Symphony

Santa Rosa Getaway:

Visit Santa Rosa California to see Maestro Lecce-Chong conduct the Santa Rosa Symphony on Monday, May 8 as they perform Mussorgsky, Strauss, and a world premiere by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The trip will be enhanced by a wine tasting on Tuesday, May 9 with Francesco at Donum Vineyard, as well as a $100 gift card to the popular Russian River Brewing.

Brunch with the Maestro

Brunch with the Maestro:

Join Eugene Symphony’s Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong for brunch on September 17, 2023, at Sweet Cheeks Winery to celebrate the beginning of the Eugene Symphony’s 59th Season! Enjoy gorgeous views, sumptuous dining, and live music performed by Eugene Symphony musicians.

Above Oregon

Above Oregon:

Guided by former Olympian pole-vaulter and licensed pilot Piotrek Buciarski, take an aerial tour of Crater Lake in his Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft. After circling the incredible views provided by Oregon’s only national park, land in Sunriver Airport to dine on Peruvian and Mexican cuisine along the Deschutes River at the Hola! Sunriver Restaurant. After lunch, the flight back to Eugene will feature views of the gems of the Cascade range: Three Sisters, Mount Bachelor, and Broken Top.

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams:

This lucky winner will enjoy a private suite with seating for up to 20 for an Emerald’s game on a date of your choice. Show off your skills by throwing the first pitch in your customized 2022 Emerald’s Championship Jersey, and have the opportunity to join the radio broadcast during the 3rd inning and belt out Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th inning stretch. The day will include a behind-the-scenes tour of PK Park, and the winner will also receive 4 front-row field level tickets to a San Francisco Giants game at Oracle Park in the 2023 season. Play ball!

Additional Information

First time attending Eugene Symphony’s Gala?

We’re so glad to welcome you into our community! Be sure to check the box and let us know if this is your first Symphony Gala so our Gala Committee can welcome you at the event.

Singles welcome!

Are you single and ready to mingle? Or, are you and your partner looking to expand your social network and make new connections? Our musician-hosted mixer tables may be just the place for you! Join a mixer-table of dynamic community members just like you who are also looking to make new friends and build new relationships over a shared love of classical music.

Where can I park?

Event parking is available at the Graduate for $8/car. Free parking is available at local parking structures such as the Hult and Parcade garages.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available. If your company is interested in Sponsoring the Eugene Symphony Gala, please contact Development Director Gretchen Farrar via email at


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 Hult Center performances, visit the Hult Center website — or feel free to call the Hult Center Ticket Office at 541-682-5000 Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

LOCATION: The Graduate Eugene Hotel