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We open our 45th season with the Unarmed Child, a heart-wrenchingly important work by composer Michael Bussewitz-Quarm created in response to gun violence against children.

Commissioned by the Eugene Concert Choir to represent the state of Oregon in a multi-state consortium commission, the performance will still include the piece “Bird on a Wire”, a setting of a beautifully sensitive poem by Shantel Sellers relating the lament of a bird for its empty nest.

This program will also feature Benjamin Britten’s Cantata Misericordium. The message of Cantata Misericordium is based on the parable of the Good Samaritan and was composed for the centenary of the Red Cross. To be universal, Britten used Latin for the text. The unusual orchestration, which involves both string orchestra and string quartet, gives us the opportunity to feature Delgani String Quartet, all four of whom play in our Eugene Concert Orchestra. Delgani String Quartet will also join Eugene Vocal Arts for Paul McCartney’s homage to all the lonely people – Eleanor Rigby.


Date and Time

Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 pm
Beall Concert Hall, U of O

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from the 2019-20 Season

The Unarmed Child

Christmas Classics

Beethoven Birthday Bash

In Celebration of Women

Beatles Forever

Beatles for Kids

Thank you to our 2018 – 2019 Sponsors