EUGENE, Ore. — On Saturday, The Eugene Symphony kicked off the concert season with its 4th Annual Free Concert in the Park.
Folks lined up hours in advance last month for a chance to experience this special concert.
Tickets went quickly and Saturday night the Cuthbert Theater hosted about 5,000 people.
Organizers said the concert is the perfect introduction to the company and with a mixed program of classical and popular pieces, there was something in it for everyone.
They hope it will continue to draw folks in who may be a little intimidated by classical music.
Eugene Symphony Director Scott Freck said he’s amazed at what a terrific tradition this concert has become in just a few short years.
“This is something the Eugene Symphony does as a way of giving back to the community that supports it. This community is so incredibly supportive and has been for the 47 years that the Eugene Symphony has been in business and this is our way of saying thank you,” said Freck.
The Eugene Symphony took the floor at 8 p.m.
The event also participated in the national Orchestras Feeding America Program.
Organizers asked patrons to help out their local community by donating non-perishables on site.
Everything collected went to Food for Lane County.