Beethoven to Bowie: Eugene Symphony string quartet’s virtual program

Posted on: February 11, 2021

A string quartet from Oregon’s Eugene Symphony will appear in a virtual concert on February 11 at the orchestra’s website. The program, recorded on January 20 at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, features music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, David Bowie, and Journey, the rock band. Eugene Symphony violinists Lisa McWhorter and Stephen Chong, violist Lauren Elledge, and cellist Dale Bradley—known as Symphony Connect—will perform the concert as part of the orchestra’s second Soundwaves series of virtual concerts. The concert will remain available without a password for one week, with a suggested donation of $15 per household. Afterward, the video will be available on-demand through a password-protected site for Eugene Symphony donors and members. Symphony Connect was launched five years ago to provide interactive and client-centered performances at human service agencies with guidance from a music therapist. Said Executive Director Scott Freck, “Over the past five years, Symphony Connect has delivered the healing power of music to members of our community who otherwise likely couldn’t access it. We’ve heard from some of them how life-changing it can be.… We hope this video version will be equally moving for all who are able to see it.”