Eugene Symphony’s virtual “Soundwaves” series, from Hildur Guðnadóttir to Dvořák and Herrmann

Posted on: May 3, 2021

The next installment of the Eugene Symphony’s six-concert Soundwaves series of virtual concerts featuring the ensemble’s string musicians will feature Hildur Guðnadóttir’s From the Other Place, Bernard Herrmann’s Suite from Psycho, John Williams’s Air and Simple Gifts, and Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade. Concerts are recorded at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, and each concert premieres at eugenesymphony.org, where it is available for one week without a password, with a suggested donation of $15; after that, each video is available on demand at the orchestra’s password-protected site for donors and members who give at least $120 per year. The orchestra’s April 1 Soundwaves installment featured music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, and Edward Elgar; and a June 3 concert will include Zhou Tian’s Nocturne, John Cage’s Second Construction, Chen Yi’s Shuo, Terry Riley’s In C, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. In a press release, Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong said, “My intention for these programs is to continue to find ways to showcase our talented string players and also to highlight living and lesser-known composers whose repertoire lends itself well to smaller ensembles.”