Thank you for joining us this evening! We're excited to be presenting our annual Symphony in the Park Summer Concert, which tonight is being generously hosted by The Cuthbert Amphitheater.
We would like to thank our sponsors:
Daniel Cho | Conductor
Daniel Cho is a Korean-American conductor and violinist based in Oregon, where he proudly serves as the Assistant Conductor of Eugene Symphony, as well as Conducting Fellow of Eugene Ballet and Orchestra NEXT. He previously held positions as Assistant Conductor of the Oregon Mozart Players and Eugene Opera.
Daniel began his journey as a conductor at the age of sixteen when he was selected to be Assistant Conductor of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, where he also served as concertmaster. He continued his music education with a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from New England Conservatory in Boston,
Massachusetts, and upon its completion in 2016, began a Master’s Degree in Conducting at the same institution in 2017. In 2018, Daniel was selected as a Conducting Fellow by the Vienna Summer Music Festival, studying with Maestros Christian Schulz, Wolfgang Scheidt, and Simeon Pironkoff and was chosen amongst fourteen conductors for an engagement with Ensemble PHACE, an acclaimed Vienna-based contemporary ensemble. During the same year, he attended the International Conducting Institute Czech Republic Workshop in Kroměříž, studying with Maestros Tomas Netopil, Neil Varon, and Tsung Yeh and led the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in a performance at the Archbishop’s Palace. In 2021, Daniel was invited to Atlantic Music Festival as Conducting Fellow, working extensively with the orchestra and premiering fifteen new works over the course of four weeks with the festival’s Contemporary Ensemble. He holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, where he received the Award of Excellence in Graduate Teaching.
When not making music, Daniel enjoys reading short stories and fantasy, rewatching the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings movies, and taking walks along the Willamette River.
Daniel was recently appointed as both Youth Orchestra Music Director and Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama.
Farayi Malek | Vocals
Farayi Malek is a jazz and contemporary vocalist, composer, and educator. She received her bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory of Music in 2017 where she studied with vocalist and composer, Dominique Eade. Upon completion, she continued on to receive a master’s degree in Contemporary Performance at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2018, under the tutelage of world-renowned pianist and composer, Danilo Perez. Since 2018, Farayi has been a member of Danilo Perez’s Global Messengers. Their 2022 album Crisalida was nominated for a Grammy Award the the category of “Best Latin Jazz Album.”
In addition to her performance ventures, Farayi Malek is a passionate music educator. In January of 2020, she founded Allegro Virtual Preparatory Instruction, LLC, an online learning platform that strives to provide students with access to the highest possible level of preparation for the study of music in higher education in order to maximize the chance of admittance, scholarship funding, and to build foundational skills for success and heightened creativity. Beyond helping students develop the necessary technical, performance, and professional skills, Allegro Virtual Prep strives to inspire each student to be socially conscious, and to use their music to make a positive impact in their own communities. In September 2021, Farayi joined the faculty at Berklee College of Music as Assistant Professor in the Ensemble Department, as well as Pop Ensemble teacher at Berklee’s City Music Boston High School Academy. In January 2022, she joined faculty at New England Conservatory.
Andy Shin | Cello
Andy Shin, age 14, is an eighth-grader at BASE (The Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering) middle school in Portland, Oregon. He started cello at age nine and has been playing for four years. Since then, he has been involved in a variety of ensemble platforms such as PYP (Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra), Camerata PYP, and Portland Summer Ensembles. Andy has participated in several competitions; he is a winner of the 2023 MetroArts Young Artist Debut! Competition and performed a solo with members of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. He is a second-place winner in the 2023 American Protégé International Competition, winner at the 2022 Baroque Festival, finalist for the 2022 Oregon Mozart Player soloist competition, and was selected to perform at the 2022 ASTA National Conference master class. He also performed at masterclasses with guest artists such as Peter Prosser from the Mannes School of Music (NYC), Ben Hong, Joshua Roman, Seth Biagini, and Ted Nelson. As a winner of the MetroArts YAD, he has been interviewed by All Classical Portland radio station’s On Deck With Young Musicians program. Andy is selected for the 2023 OrpheusPDX pathway program and will be participating in performing Mozart’s The Royal Shepherd (II Re Pastore) this summer. Currently, he is studying with Maria Shim. Outside of music, Andy enjoys many hobbies. He loves to cook, bake, and hang out with friends.
Mariachi del Sol | Opening Act
Springfield High School’s Mariachi Del Sol is Oregon’s second oldest high school Mariachi Ensemble, entering their 16th year! The group is made up of students from all backgrounds who share of love of making music. Mariachi Del Sol is in high demand in the Eugene/Springfield area, averaging 40 performances each school year at schools, corporate, and private events.
Cuthbert Ground Rules
Please adhere to The Cuthbert's Ground Rules while at the Summer Concert.
- No re-entry
- All events held rain or shine
- All sales are final
- Smoking and e-cigarette use in the designated area only (southwest end of the concourse)
- No outside food or beverages – empty plastic water containers ok, water fill stations inside. As of 2021, patrons are no longer permitted to bring in their own food or drink, but there are a wide variety of vendor options currently operating during shows on the main concourse.
- Camera policies are determined on a show-by-show basis based on the artist’s request. If you are unsure of the policy for a show and don’t have a place to stow your camera while you’re inside the venue, please leave cameras at home.
- All carry in items subject to inspection
- Blankets and beach towels allowed, beach towel size.
- Clear bags only– no larger than 14” x 18” x 6”
The following are not permitted in the venue:
- Drugs (no marijuana in any form)
- Weapons of any kind
- Fireworks or sparklers
- Bags and backpacks
- Outside food or beverages
- Glass or cans
- Coolers, of any size
- Musical Instruments
- Strollers or playpens
- Beach balls, frisbees, poi (twirling), hula hoops, etc.
- Skateboards or in-line skates
- Video or other recording devices
- Tripods or selfie sticks
- Laser pointers
- Masks – excluding Covid-19 protection masks
- Flow toys (hoops, poi, staff fans, etc.)
The Cuthbert reserves the right to deny entry or ask visitors to leave at any time
Please note that no outside food or beverages are allowed at The Cuthbert, though empty plastic water containers are permissible as there are water fill stations inside. As of 2021, patrons are no longer permitted to bring in their own food or drink, but there are a wide variety of vendor options currently operating during shows on the main concourse.
The following food vendors will be available at the Summer Concert:
- Taste of Paradise Mexican Food
- Oregon Wood Fired Pizza
- Bates Steakhouse BBQ
- Flat Top Noodle
- Double Dip Ice Cream
It's Christmas in July!
CHRISTMAS IN JULY!
Our 2023/24 Season is fast approaching and our Compose Your Own 3- and 5-concert subscription packages are a great way to join us for multiple concerts. Partial subscriptions offer flexibility and savings along with many of the benefits, including free ticket exchanges and early access to special concerts, that full-season subscribers receive. This limited time offer takes these savings even further, allowing you to save up to 30% on tickets versus buying tickets one at a time throughout the season.
If you’re interested in a 3-concert Compose Your Own subscription package but having trouble deciding which concerts to pick, we have a few recommendations to guide you! Our suggestions feature a selection of deep community connections, piano virtuosos, and showcase the orchestra's immense talent.
(Up to 30% off single tickets!)
Use code ESAXMASINJULY23 to get the Christmas in July offer and use price type "CYO Holiday Deal"
Also as part of Christmas in July, take advantage of early access to our New Year's Celebration, along with a complimentary drink when you buy before July 21!
Last December, we hosted our first-ever New Year’s Eve Celebration, ringing in 2023 with a stunning concert that featured local vocalists Siri Vik and Peter Hollens, an exciting and lively DJ’d dancefloor, and a special balloon drop and confetti launch at midnight. We’re continuing the tradition this year, expanding the post-concert celebrations even further as we toast to 2024 and celebrate the 100th birthday of George Gershwin’s eternal Rhapsody in Blue. We’re offering early access to tickets and, if you buy before July 21, your first drink is on us that evening!
Now through Friday, July 21: Get first access to our second-annual New Year's Eve Celebration!
Sunday, December 31
We had such a blast at our first-ever New Year’s Eve Celebration in 2022, so we want to keep the party going by ringing in 2024 with class and style. The festivities begin with a concert featuring Strauss waltzes, favorites from the Great American Songbook with Eugene’s own Halie Loren, and pianist Alexandre Dossin playing George Gershwin’s timeless Rhapsody in Blue as it marks the 100th anniversary of its 1924 premiere. Afterward, commemorate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one with dancing, drinks, and more in the lobby!
Buy before July 21, and your first drink is on us!