Oregon’s Eugene Symphony will perform the world premiere of Robert Kyr’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (“Dawning of the World”) on May 12, led by Music Director Danail Rachev and featuring Eugene-based pianist Alexandre Dossin. Kyr, chair of the music composition department at the University of Oregon, says his work was inspired by “ecosystems that span Oregon, including the temperate rain forest of the Willamette Valley, the Columbia Gorge, the coastal terrain and its seascapes, and the vast high desert of the eastern part of the estate.” Kyr’s concerto is the third and final work commissioned for the orchestra’s 50th anniversary this season. The May 12 concert will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Eugene Symphony Chorus. In attendance at the concert will be the five students in the orchestra’s year-long composition project for young composers; they will work this summer with Kyr to create a work to be performed in November by the Eugene Symphony.

Posted May 12, 2016