“Eugene Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong announced the symphony’s 2019-20 season Tuesday in the lobby of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts,” writes Matthew Denis in Tuesday’s (3/19) Register-Guard (Eugene, OR). “Highlights of the symphony’s 2019-20 season include: … ‘SymFest,” a community celebration, concert and beer- and wine-tasting extravaganza returns for its fourth year, headlined by indie rock musician Ben Folds.… The symphonic series also will showcase five American composers including three women [Jessie Montgomery, Missy Mazzoli, Jennifer Higdon], one Oregonian [Kenji Bunch] and the Pacific Northwest premiere of contemporary composer Matt Browne’s Symphony No. 1. ‘C3: Creativity, Connection, and Community’ … three interlinked concerts that will collectively explore how the individual creative spark kindles interpersonal connections and creates a vital sense of community…. This season also will feature a number of collaborations and audience engagements including with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Oregon-based visual artists, a crowdsourced #instaballet, mobile applications that magnify symphony engagement and the First Symphony Project, an ambitious, four-year initiative to develop local symphonies.”

Posted March 25, 2019