What makes vocal music essential to your life?
Meet ECC tenor Dan Close describe how and why choral music has been a part of his life for nearly 40 years.
The Eugene Concert Choir, established in 1974, is an auditioned chorus of highly skilled singers with exceptional musicianship and previous choral experience.
Led by Artistic Director Diane Retallack, the choir is a celebrated pillar of the rich cultural fabric of the Pacific Northwest. Located in the picturesque Willamette Valley in Eugene, Oregon, the 100-voice chorus performs an eclectic blend of music from the greatest symphonic choral masterworks with orchestra and acclaimed world-class soloists, to modern popular works with contemporary guest artists.
The group began as a collection of individuals who loved to sing and needed an outlet for their passion, and who joined together for a read-through of Handel’s Messiah, under the direction of Philip Bayles. In 1985, Diane Retallack assumed leadership of the choir, and energetically spearheaded its artistic development. In 1997, the Eugene Concert Choir became a resident company of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, where we present our annual 3-concert season and educational outreach event in the stunning 2,500-seat Silva Concert Hall.
Highlights include performances of the great choral masterworks: the Brahms, Berlioz, Verdi, Fauré and Mozart Requiem Masses, the Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Bach B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus and numerous other major and minor choral works, in partnership with the Oregon Mozart Players. The Concert Choir has collaborated with such local organizations as the Oregon Bach Festival in Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) with the Paul Winter Consort, the Eugene Ballet Company in fully staged and choreographed versions of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, and with the Eugene Symphony in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.