Eugene Symphony cancels free summer concerts, adds online music and education resources, reconfigures 2020-21 season

Posted on: July 29, 2020

“As ongoing COVID-19 precautions persist, the Eugene Symphony Association has canceled its traditional summer schedule and is reimagining plans for its 2020-2021 season,” writes Matthew Denis in Sunday’s (7/26) Register-Guard (Eugene, OR). “This would have marked ESA’s 12th year presenting its free summer concert series in Eugene, fifth year in Cottage Grove and fourth in Roseburg. ‘Pausing this tradition is truly heartbreaking, but we look forward to … these community celebrations in summer 2021,’ Executive Director Scott Freck said…. The Eugene Symphony had already rescheduled many of its [2019-20] concerts…. The symphony is working to find performance dates in the 2020-2021 season for ‘Bolero,’ originally scheduled for May 14, 2020, Rachmaninov’s Second, rescheduled for May 30 from March 19, Beethoven’s Fifth, rescheduled for June 20 from April 23, ‘Peter & the Wolf’ Family Concert, rescheduled for June 21 from April 26, and pianist and songwriter Ben Folds, canceled after being rescheduled to Oct. 30. Specific 2020-2021 dates have yet to be confirmed.… While away from the concert hall, Eugene Symphony launched a virtual hub at eugenesymphony.org” that includes music-education videos, curated playlists, previously recorded orchestra concerts, and new performances by orchestra musicians from home.