Oregon’s Eugene Symphony announced that its April 18 performance of Tomas Svoboda’s Concerto for Clarinet, a world premiere, was broadcast during the morning of September 13 on the syndicated radio program Performance Today. The performance represented the orchestra’s first national radio broadcast in nearly 20 years. The Svoboda work, featuring Principal Clarinet Michael Anderson, was also the Symphony’s first commission in over a decade. Eugene Symphony Executive Director Scott Freck said in a press release that the commission emerged as a result of the orchestra’s long-range plan adopted in 2007, which calls for the creation of the new works. “With the commission came our desire to seek a broader exposure for this new work in the orchestral repertoire,” said Freck. Donors who helped sponsor the original commission also raised the additional funds needed to cover the cost of a national broadcast. Details about plans for the Eugene Symphony’s performance of Svoboda’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra to be rebroadcast on radio station All Classical Portland will be announced at a later date.

Posted September 13, 2013