Thank you for joining us for our 2022/23 Symphony in the Park summer concert series! We are so excited to present this concert and share a wonderful program with you.
Click on the drop down menus below to read more about tonight's program, our Instrument Petting Zoo, Cuthbert concert opening Chapwititi, our Music Director & Composer Francesco Lecce-Chong, and about our upcoming 2022/23 season!
We look forward to celebrating the summer with you!
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Artistic Director & Conductor
Erica Jean, narrator
Cottage Grove Mayor Jeff Gowing, conductor
Georges Bizet (1875-1838) | Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 | 5 minutes
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) | Finale from Overture to William Tell | 3 minutes
Henry Mancini (1924-1994) | “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s | 3 minutes
John Williams (b. 1932) | Theme from Jurassic Park | 7 minutes
John Williams (b. 1932) | Adventures on Earth from E.T., the Extraterrestrial | 4 minutes
Robert Lowden (1920-1998) | Armed Forces Salute | 3 minutes
Samuel Ward (1848-1903), Carmen Dragon (1914-1984) | “America the Beautiful” | 3 minutes
Bill Holcombe (1924-2010) | Casey at the Bat | 8 minutes | Erica Jean, narrator
Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804-1849) | Radetsky March | 4 minutes | Mayor Jeff Gowing, conductor
Instrument Petting Zoo
Instrument Petting Zoos provide youth and the young at heart with a hands-on opportunity to try a variety of orchestral instruments! Come learn about the violin, cello, and an assortment of percussion instruments. Note: Woodwinds and brass instruments are demonstration-only at this time.
Join us starting at 6:00 pm until the show starts!
Douglas County Youth Orchestra (Roseburg only)
DCYO was started by Roseburg music teacher Jean Hinkle with five students in 1997. More than 20 years later, the program continues to grow, offering a holistic music education complete with free private lessons for students. They offer three different orchestras: Prelude for younger beginners who have never played an instrument before, Concert for older beginners with a little bit of experience, and Philharmonic, the most advanced group who performs at two annual concerts and other community engagements.
Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong
Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong is the Music Director of the Eugene Symphony in Oregon, and the Santa Rosa Symphony, performing at the Green Music Center in Northern California. The press has described him as a “fast rising talent in the music world” with “the real gift” and recognized his dynamic performances, fresh programming, deep commitment to commissioning and performing new music as well as to community outreach. Lecce-Chong has appeared with orchestras around the world including the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic and collaborated with top soloists including Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman.
In spring 2019, Lecce-Chong debuted in subscription concerts with the San Francisco Symphony. The San Francisco Chronicle called his conducting “first rate” praising the “vitality and brilliance of the music-making he drew from members of the San Francisco Symphony.” Other recent subscription debuts included the Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic and Xi’An Symphony Orchestra. Lecce-Chong has also returned to conduct the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Milwaukee and San Diego Symphony. The 19/20 season marked his debut with the New York Philharmonic as part of the legendary Young People’s Concert Series.
In the 20/21 season, an unprecedented one for live orchestral music, Lecce-Chong will conduct virtual concerts with both the Santa Rosa and the Eugene Symphony, specifically created for online audiences. The performances will be streamed worldwide and will take a unique form of a cohesive musical journey complete with interviews with musicians. The programs will include music by living composers Jessie Montgomery, Gabriella Lena Frank and Chen Yi. Santa Rosa Symphony will also celebrate Beethoven’s 250th with performances of his first three symphonies.
Following the paths of renowned Music Directors of the Eugene and the Santa Rosa Symphonies including Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero and Jeffrey Kahane, Lecce- Chong has made his mark with the two orchestras introducing a series of new music and community initiatives. In 2019, the orchestras announced Lecce-Chong’s “First Symphony Project” commissioning four major orchestral works by young composers – Matt Brown, Gabriella Smith, Angélica Negrón and Michael Djupstrom - to be performed over several seasons accompanied by multiple composer residencies and community events. In Eugene, he has reinitiated family concerts and presented a number of innovative projects such as an original multimedia performance of Scriabin’s compositions engaging light and color.
During his successful tenures as Associate Conductor with the Milwaukee Symphony under Edo de Waart and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck, Lecce-Chong also dedicated his time to opera, building his credentials as staff conductor with the Santa Fe Opera and conducted Madama Butterfly at the Florentine Opera with the Milwaukee Symphony.
Lecce-Chong is the recipient of several distinctions, including the prestigious Solti Foundation Award. Trained also as a pianist and composer, he completed his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Otto-Werner Mueller after attending the Mannes Col- lege of Music and Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy. He has had the privilege of be- ing mentored and supported by celebrated conductors including Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Edo de Waart, Manfred Honeck, Donald Runnicles and Michael Tilson Thomas.
JOIN US FOR OUR 2022/23 SEASON
The 2022/23 season that we have planned for you centers on our collective drive to create a shared human narrative, with music depicting timeless tales of love, hope, struggle, and triumph. We chose works by composers who drew inspiration from such sources as Shakespeare with Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, Greek mythology in Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, 1,001 Arabian Nights with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade, and more. We showcase new voices and new ideas, including two brand-new works by Composers-in-Residence Angélica Negrón and Gabriella Smith as part of our First Symphony Project, while also embracing the enduring majesty of our orchestral tradition such as Beethoven’s inspiring Symphony No. 9 and music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms.
Special offer for Summer Concert attendees
As a thank you for joining us at our Symphony in the Park series, we want to give you early access to non-subscription tickets to our upcoming 2022/23 Season concerts at the Hult Center! Follow this link and enter code ESASUM22 for first dibs before they go on sale to the public on August 15. You can even snag your tickets to two of our special concerts: New Year's Eve on December 31 and our annual Family Concert on April 30. (Star Wars tickets available August 15.)
FOOD for Lane County
Since 2001, we have partnered with FOOD for Lane County during our annual summer concert series, collecting canned and non-perishable foods at each Lane County concert. We are continuing the tradition this year, hosting a food drive to help this amazing local organization serve our fellow community members who are experiencing food insecurity. Help us fill all of our barrels!
For those going to our Cottage Grove concert, we'll be collected canned goods there, too!
What to expect
Thank you joining us at Eugene Symphony! Whether it's your first time attending one of our events (welcome!) or you're a regular, we are so excited for you to attend!
Here are a few things to expect and plan for on concert night:
- What to wear: We do not have a set dress code for attending Eugene Symphony concerts. Our attendees run the full spectrum, from ballgowns to jeans and t-shirts: We just want you to be comfortable as you enjoy the concert.
- When to clap: It can sometimes be hard to know if the orchestra is actually done with a piece or if they're just taking a brief rest between movements (sections of the piece). To clap or not to clap between movements has been debated for centuries. We want you to clap and celebrate the music when you feel inspired to. If that means clapping between movements, we're glad you're enjoying the piece!
- Brush up on your Symphony vocabulary
Thank you for joining us! We will see you soon!