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41st Season, 2015-2016

Dr. Diane Retallack, Artistic and Executive Director

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A Dickens of a Christmas

Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center
Pre-concert Lobby Festivities at 2:00 pm

A festive choral adventure through time where “Christmas Past” is a 16th Century Elizabethan Yuletide Feast, “Christmas Present” is Merry Olde England of the 1800s, and “Christmas Future” is Today! This playful musical romp inspired by the holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, will feature the Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene Vocal Arts and special guests along with Scrooge and other Dickens characters played by some of the area’s finest actors. This event promises to be a rollicking good time!

Burt Bacharach Songbook

Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center

A choral retrospective that features songs you know so well, you can’t remember not knowing them. What’s New Pussycat?; Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head; What the World Needs Now is Love; Do You Know the Way to San José? Bacharach’s songs of tender heartache and innocent romance recall fond memories and great motion picture soundtracks. Join the Eugene Concert Choir, special guests Bill Hulings and Shirley Andress and the Vicki Brabham Combo for this soulful, jazzy ride through unforgettable classics with tunes for every generation from Bacharach’s extraordinary catalogue.

Antonio Estévez’
Cantata Criolla
Florentino and the Devil

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center

A cinematic, lush, dynamic choral orchestral work inspired by the Venezuelan folk legend that depicts the encounter between plainsman Florentino and a mysterious character in black who is revealed to be the devil. The Eugene Concert Choir welcomes the Eugene Symphony and virtuoso Venezuelan soloists, tenor Idwer Alvarez (Florentino) and baritone Gaspar Colón (Devil) to present this epic, evocative tour de force. Featuring a thrilling musical duel of wit and singing skill…Who will triumph? Join us and find out.


Eugene Vocal Arts 2015-2016 Season

Haydn St. Cecilia Mass

Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm
Beall Concert Hall, U of O

Eugene Vocal Arts opens the season with this early, Baroque-style mass by the Classical master, Franz Joseph Haydn. This rarely heard significant choral masterwork in honor of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, reveals the young Haydn, influenced by the lively and intricate style of the Bach B Minor Mass.

Remembrances World Premiere

Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm
Beall Concert Hall, U of O

Memory loss causes a heart-wrenching transition from a former self to a changed individual. Remembrances will give voice to the challenges, frustrations, despair, hopes, courage, determination, acceptance, and moments of light and tenderness for those afflicted as well as those who care for and accompany them on this journey. Experience this powerful original commission by nationally-recognized Oregon composer Joan Szymko. The Eugene Vocal Arts with Eugene Concert Orchestra will present the world premiere in spring of 2016.

This project is made possible by a $125,000 grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation

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