Eugene Symphony composer-in-residence Augusta Read Thomas, emphasizing community connections

Posted on: October 2, 2017

Augusta Read Thomas “will be focusing on interacting with the community during her stint as composer-in-residence” at Oregon’s Eugene Symphony, writes Kirsten Williams in Thursday’s (9/28) Register-Guard (Eugene, OR). “Every composer-in-residence takes the role on in a different way, said Francesco Lecce-Chong, the symphony’s music director and conductor. For Thomas, he said, that means community outreach…. Giving back and helping other composers is what she says gives meaning to her life. ‘I’ve always tried to help other composers, building festivals, building music series, serving on boards,’ … Thomas said…. While in Eugene, Thomas plans on visiting … Willamette and South Eugene high schools and the Academy of Arts and Academics in Springfield as well as the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. She will meet with the Oregon Supported Living Program’s Arts and Culture program and speak at both the Eugene Public Library and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History on the University of Oregon’s campus.” The Eugene Symphony performed Read Thomas’s 2013 work Aureole last week, on a program with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Joyce Yang; her music will also be featured on a program on April 19.

Posted October 2, 2017