Chamber Ensemble of the Eugene Concert Choir
Feturing Shadow & Light,
a new composition by Joan Szymko
Performed by Eugene Vocal Arts
and Eugene Concert Orchestra
Composer Pre-talk 6:45 – 7:15 pm
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm,
Composer Pre-talk 1:45 – 2:15 pm
Beall Concert Hall, U of O
Memory loss causes a heart-wrenching transition from a former self to a changed individual. Shadow & Light 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.
This concert promises to touch the heart of anyone who has encountered in any way the experience of memory loss; or anyone who can imagine. Experience this powerful original commission by nationally-recognized Oregon composer Joan Szymko, performed by Eugene Vocal Arts with Eugene Concert Orchestra.
Szymko met with patients, families and caregivers, arranged in partnership with the Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She was both emotionally and creatively impacted by the intimate narratives regarding memory loss. She has worked tirelessly over the last year to translate the stories she’s collected into music. Artistic Director and Conductor, Diane Retallack, worked closely with the composer along the creative journey to develop this groundbreaking work. Both Szymko and Retallack were equally struck and delighted with the resulting piece of music. What was intended to be a 30-minute work burgeoned into a 60-minute masterwork for choir, orchestra and soloists with thrilling, demanding movements.
This project is made possible by The Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust with additional support from the Chambers Family Foundation.
Newman’s Fish Company
ElderHealth & Living
Sarah Joanne Davis, Soprano
Marietta Simpson, Mezzo
Brendan Tuohy, Tenor
More on the “Remembrances” Project
Eugene Concert Orchestra, featuring concertmaster Searmi Park, also concertmaster for Eugene Symphony and founder of Marshanne Players, is our newest performance ensemble. The orchestra will figure prominently in the commissioned masterwork “Shadow & Light” by Joan Szymko. The transformative grant award we received from the Oregon Community Foundation Fred Fields Creative Heights Initiative was the catalyst for this new venture.
The project also includes a video documentary produced by AO Films which follows the creation of this new work from early one-on-one interviews of the composer with persons afflicted with memory loss, their caregivers and loved ones, to the world premiere performance at Beall Hall. The concert will be professionally recorded and released for commercial distribution.
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm
Beall Concert Hall, U of O