Eugene Symphony’s April 28 Family Concert, An Afternoon with Beethoven, explores the composer’s life story and the inspiring music he created

Posted on April 22, 2019

EUGENE, OR (April 9, 2019)—On Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm in the Soreng Theater at the Hult Center for Performing Arts, the Eugene Symphony presents An Afternoon with Beethoven, an enchanting and engaging performance for the young and young at heart. Local actor Bill Hulings will portray the legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who will be brought to present day by a Musical Time Machine, designed and programmed by members of South Eugene Robotics Team. The program showcases Beethoven’s incredible life story and the inspiring music he created, all while teaching children about the orchestra and instruments on stage. There will also be several educational and interactive pre-concert lobby activities, including an instrument petting zoo, where children of all ages can try out various instruments. Families can also participate in the ‘The Physics of Sound’ activities and an ‘Ode to Joy’ singing circle.


What: Eugene Symphony Family Concert: An Afternoon with Beethoven When: Sunday, April 28. Two performance times: 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.

Where: Soreng Theater, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene Prices: $10 for youth and $20 for adults. Ages 6 & up recommended.


Interview & Media Opportunities (Available Concert Day or for Pre-Concert Interviews)

● Francesco Lecce-Chong, Eugene Symphony Music Director & Conductor

● Scott Freck, Eugene Symphony Executive Director

● Bill Hulings, as Ludwig van Beethoven

● South Eugene Robotics Team


For interviews, contact Marketing & Communications Director Stephanie Domurat at 541-687-9487 x1114 or


Concert program                                                             

Featuring excerpts from:

Ludwig van Beethoven 

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica”

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67       

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 67 

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, “Choral”

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About Francesco Lecce-Chong A captivating presence on the podium, American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, commitment to innovative programming, and passion for community engagement. As Music Director & Conductor of the Eugene Symphony, Lecce-Chong follows in the path of renowned predecessors including Marin Alsop and Giancarlo Guerrero. Active as a guest conductor, he has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. More at

About Eugene Symphony Now in its 53rd season, the Eugene Symphony is a nonprofit and 83-member orchestra based in Eugene, Oregon. Led by Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, Eugene Symphony reaches more than 50,000 adults and children annually with live music performances. Recognized as a cornerstone of the performing arts in Oregon's southern Willamette Valley, Eugene Symphony pursues its mission of enriching lives through the power of music by presenting annual classical and pops concerts, as well as music education and community engagement programs, regularly commissioning and premiering new American works, and disseminating its performances via radio broadcasts and recordings. More at                                                                                             ###