Now in its 52nd season, the Eugene Symphony is recognized as a cornerstone of the performing arts in Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley. The Eugene Symphony pursues its mission of enriching lives through the power of music by presenting annual classical, pops and community engagement performances, regularly commissioning and premiering new American works, and disseminating its performances via radio broadcasts and recordings.

The Eugene Symphony introduces its 8th music director and conductor, chosen from 250 candidates from over 40 countries, Francesco Lecce-Chong. This is Francesco’s first position as music director. Previously, he was staff conductor with the Milwaukie and Pittsburgh Symphonies for 6 years.

Being out in the community as much as possible, introducing music to those who can be healed by it, is one of Francesco’s passion, carrying on the tradition of past Eugene Symphony directors. He hopes to partner with service organizations throughout the community to introduce musicians and the entire symphony to those who would not normally be exposed.

A family series is being introduced this April to expose the symphony to kids and whole families with music that is more fun and active and exciting for the younger generations. The first is titled Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead”.

Listening “happy hour” parties are happening once a month where you can meet Francesco and talk about the symphony the Monday before each symphony.

Learn more about Francesco and the Eugene Symphony here. The 2018-19 season will be announced soon and is Francesco’s first season that he has planned, so he is very excited.