Eugene Symphony to present free amphitheater concert

Posted on: July 7, 2009

Oregon’s Eugene Symphony has announced a free concert at Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene’s Alton Baker Park on July 18, in partnership with Kesey Enterprises Inc. and the City of Eugene. Music Director Danail Rachev will lead the orchestra in music by Bizet, Dvorák, Mascagni, von Suppé, Styne, and Leroy Anderson; soprano Elizabeth Racheva will perform excerpts from Porgy and Bess, Fiorello, My Fair Lady, and Giuditta, and the concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Executive Director Paul Winberg said in a statement that it has been the orchestra’s goal for some time to add a summer concert to its annual lineup of performances; board president Mary Ann Hanson commented, “I am thrilled that the Eugene Symphony has the opportunity to give back to a community that has supported us for more than forty years.” The orchestra, the City of Eugene, and Kesey Enterprises—the company responsible for music-theater production at the Cuthbert Amphitheater—said that an important aim of the concert is to increase cultural opportunities for underserved audiences by offering barrier-free access to high-caliber music performances.

Posted July 7, 2009