&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
16th March 2016
Marin Alsop returns to Eugene for “SymFest”

On Saturday April 2, 2016, Marin Alsop will return to conduct the Eugene Symphony for “SymFest”, an evening celebrating the Orchestra’s 50th anniversary.

Marin is Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra having served as Music Director in Eugene from 1989 until 1996. She returns to the podium to lead a concert opening with John Adams’ lively orchestral fanfare Short Ride in a Fast Machine, followed by the lush Adagio from Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony. The concert concludes with Leonard Bernstein’s music from the film On the Waterfront and Victory Stride, a vigorous foot-tapper by American pianist and composer James P. Johnson.

The concert serves as the centerpiece of an evening-long celebration of Eugene’s vibrant cultural scene – with food carts, beverage tastings, and music and dance before the show, plus a jazz lounge, and DJs and dancing afterward.

Talking of her return, Marin says: “I am delighted and honored to return as part of the Eugene Symphony’s exciting 50th Anniversary Celebration. I look forward to reminiscing with good friends, and introducing new audiences to the Symphony as we present SymFest. This exciting program showcases some of my favorite works of music.”

For more details and to read more about the pre and post-concert activities, visit the Eugene Symphony website. You’ve never experienced a Symphony event like this!