In the last two weeks, the Civic Fellows enjoyed some individual time preparing for our shared recitals. I played at Indian Boundary Park along with Nicky and Midori. It was joyful to get to play solo repertoire that I love for a very warm audience – we were literally quite warm and sweaty on that hot, Sunday afternoon!
On June 2, Alex Schwarz hosted his independent community project, Brass Bash. Alex mentioned that “several Civic brass musicians and a few string players got to hear Michael Mulcahy give a lecture where he said very profound things about discovering who you are at our age and, generally, how to lead more healthy and fulfilling lives.”
On June 4, the Civic Orchestra performed our eighth and final concert of the season. Francesco Lecce-Chong, music director of the Eugene Symphony, conducted us in a program including Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony and Holst’s The Planets. It was a bombastic concert! There were many powerful moments, and it was satisfying to give it all in our final concert of the season! Mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani joined us for an outstanding rendition of “Lamentation”, the last movement of the symphony. And the women of Bella Voce chorus conducted by Andrew Lewis were featured in the closing movement of The Planets, “Neptune, The Mystic.”
Another exciting event around the corner is the fellows’ West Side Community Project in partnership with the anti-violence organization BUILD. Stay tuned to hear all about it on the next post!
By Civic Fellow and violin Maria Arrua
TOP: The Civic Orchestra under the direction of Francesco Lecce-Chong performs to a packed Orchestra Hall at the last concert of the season. | Photo by Todd Rosenberg