Eugene Symphony holds free concert in Cottage Grove

Conductor Lecce-Chong said he put together a program to inspire the audience, including John Williams’ suite from “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 3:15 PM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- The Eugene Symphony will be holding its second free concert Monday night in Cottage Grove.

No ticket is required, and the event starts at 7:30 at Bohemia Park.

The symphony wrapped up its 10th annual free outdoor summer concert at the Cuthbert Amphitheater Saturday, and a huge crowd turned out for that event.

The symphony said the free tickets were distributed in record time, and symphony conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong said the turnout speaks volumes.

"This is a symphony that cares about its community and a community that cares about its symphony,” Lecce-Chong said. “I couldn't ask to be in a better place. You know where people are this excited to come and spend some time with each other and the orchestra. That's the best of what an orchestra can do for the community is bring people together."

Lecce-Chong said he put together a program to inspire the audience, including John Williams’ suite from “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”

At the concert in Cottage Grove, the symphony will present the same program, which also includes an overture from Tchaikovsky, selections from Gershwin/Bennett and more.

Before the concert, attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo which begins at 5:30. The Cottage Grove Community Band will perform at 6:30.

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