Eugene Symphony to perform Carlos Izcaray’s new work about immigration

Posted on: March 15, 2022

The Eugene Symphony will perform the West Coast premiere of guest conductor Carlos Izcaray’s Under the Shadows, An Immigrant’s Journey on its March 17 concert at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Izcaray, a native of Venezuela, notes that he has emigrated four times in his life; Under the Shadows, he says, is “structured as a journey from darkness to light, from one single note to a full multilayered harmonic sound world that could be viewed as representing our plural contemporary society. An Immigrant’s Journey is also a love letter to the orchestra, a migrating entity itself, and in my case a vessel that has taken me on a wild ride across five continents.” The concert will also feature Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Soyeon Kate Lee, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). Carlos Izcaray is music director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, which performed the world premiere of Under the Shadows in January 2022, and of the American Youth Symphony, which will perform the work in March.