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Love And Fate In Eugene: Banding Together for Counterpoint Festival

OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 10:42 a.m. | Updated: Nov. 16, 2013 12:10 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

This week the Eugene Symphony and a host of partners are tuning up for an ambitious attempt at mashing up music and cultural programming. The Counterpoint Festival enlists the help of ten partners — including classical music ensembles, theater companies, the Eugene Public Library, and more - to tell stories around a common theme.

Artistic Director Danail Rachev says the symphonic works that comprise the Symphony's portion of the festival are all well-known, but he believes their juxtaposition with other disciplines lend them new meaning.

Artistic Director Danail Rachev says the symphonic works that comprise the Symphony's portion of the festival are all well-known, but he believes their juxtaposition with other disciplines lend them new meaning.

Eugene Symphony

Last time the Eugene Symphony tried this, in 2011, all the programs were thematically organized around War and Peace. This year's program is Love and Fate. All month long, a series of concerts, productions, screenings, lectures and more explore the theme.

April talked with the Symphony's artistic director Danail Rachev, executive director Scott Freck, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Terri McMahon about bringing arts groups and disciplines together.

Details about the Romeo and Juliet & Porgy and Bess show can be found here.

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