Eugene Symphony offers free access to online video of “The Four Seasons of the McKenzie River” concert
Posted on April 17, 2020
FREE, ONLINE CONCERT
What: Video recording of Eugene Symphony’s “The Four Seasons of the McKenzie River” concert
When: 7:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, April 25, with pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. PDT
How: In compliance with agreements with the American Federation of Musicians, the video is password protected; passwords will be emailed to ticketholders to the original performance, donors and subscribers to the Eugene Symphony, and patrons who already receive Eugene Symphony’s e-newsletter. Anyone without a password who wishes to view the performance can receive one by filling out the online e-news signup form at eugenesymphony.org/watch. The video will be available after the premiere for 45 days, and password recipients are asked not to share their login information with others. The video is not available for download."
EUGENE, OR (April 17, 2020)— As our region works together to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by following Governor Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order, Eugene Symphony’s concerts have been postponed until this summer. In the meantime, Eugene Symphony is delivering music and engagement opportunities virtually. Previous concerts have been broadcast on KWAX and will continue throughout the coming months, and Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong is hosting “Watch Parties” on Facebook, curating some of his favorite performances for followers to enjoy together with him, even while apart.
At 7:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, April 25, Eugene Symphony will release an on-demand streaming video recording of its sold-out performance from February 15, 2018, “The Four Seasons of the McKenzie River.” The video will premiere on Eugene Symphony’s website at eugenesymphony.org/watch. This performance is uniquely Eugene and a tribute to the beauty that surrounds us. Presented through a partnership with McKenzie River Trust and Travel Lane County, violin soloist Rachel Barton Pine, Maestro Lecce-Chong, and the orchestra performed Vivaldi's The Four Seasons accompanied by photos and video of the uncommon beauty of the McKenzie River region, as captured by 65 amateur and professional photographers from the community.
“Music has an ability to bring us together like nothing else can,” says Executive Director Scott Freck. “In this moment, as we shelter-in-place, and our State and National Parks and many other beloved public spaces are temporarily closed, The Four Seasons of the McKenzie River performance reminds us of what awaits on the other side of this pandemic when we can all be connected in person with music, with nature, and with each other once again.”
“It is our hope that Eugenians, and those in the surrounding Willamette Valley and McKenzie River region, tune in together on Saturday, April 25 for a collectively uniting and healing experience,” says Lecce-Chong. “We can still be together through music, even while being apart.”
Prior to the premiere, Lecce-Chong will host a pre-concert talk on Eugene Symphony’s Facebook page – facebook.com/EugeneSymphony – starting at 7 p.m. PDT. He will also go live on Eugene Symphony’s Facebook page after the premiere, at approximately 8:15 p.m. PDT, to host a Q&A with viewers.
About “The Four Seasons of the McKenzie River” Eugene Symphony concert
With grant support from the Hult Endowment of the Oregon Community Foundation and under the direction of Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, this sold-out performance in Silva Concert Hall of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts on February 15, 2018 brought the orchestra together with renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine for Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Plus, Eugene Symphony collaborated with the McKenzie River Trust and Travel Lane County in a year-long project to collect and curate captivating imagery of Oregon’s beloved McKenzie River submitted by community members for an accompanying visual journey projected above the musicians. More than 600 images were submitted from 126 amateur and professional photographers, and selections for the final production were chosen by the mayors of both Eugene and Springfield, along with representatives of each partnering organization. This project continued the Eugene Symphony’s commitment to bringing our community together in innovative and meaningful ways.
About Rachel Barton Pine
In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classic and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction, thrilling audiences worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making. More at rachelbartonpine.com.
About Eugene Symphony
Now in its 54th 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 40,000 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.