Reviews & Media
Preview: Music for Changing Times
By Brett Campbell for the Eugene Weekly (October 4, 2018)
“The times change, and we change with them. How? Time passing makes mankind worse.”
That 17th-century epigram may sound depressingly apt to observers of our recently changing political scene, but in the arts, change is necessary for continued vitality and relevance. Which is why it’s so exciting to see Eugene’s most exciting orchestral program of the season in the Saturday, Oct. 6, Oregon Mozart Players concert at the University of Oregon’s Beall Concert Hall, titled “Times Change.”
America’s Maestro: Leonard Bernstein’s Contribution to Classical music lives on in eugene
By Henry Houston for the Eugene Weekly (September 6, 2018)
“He had the ability to make it sound so natural and necessary for the average Joe,” says Kelly Kuo, artistic director for Oregon Mozart Players. “By taking out the elitism, he made it like you were having a conversation with the butcher at your deli. As you’re getting a pound of ground beef, you’re talking about Copland.”
Review: Oregon Mozart Players, young soloist winners dazzle in season closer Saturday
By Terry McQuilkin For The Register-Guard (May 15, 2018)
With assured, technically solid playing, three youthful string players dazzled an enthusiastic audience Saturday in Beall Hall, as the Oregon Mozart Players rounded out its 36th season by presenting the winners of the chamber orchestra’s fourth annual Young Soloists Competition.
Oregon Mozart Players end season with ‘Joyful Finale’
By Morgan Theophil for the Register-Guard (May 9, 2018)
It’s a collaborative, musical, joyous end.
Closing their 2017-2018 season, Eugene’s professional chamber orchestra Oregon Mozart Players is performing “Joyful Finale” Saturday night.
"With special performers from the Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestra and the winners of Oregon Mozart Players’ Youth Soloist Competition, the concert displays the result of a few of the Oregon Mozart Players’ educational and youth-focused projects," Oregon Mozart Players conductor Kelly Kuo said.
The sound of heaven
By Morgan Theophil for the Register-Guard (March 21, 2018)
With a combination of music filled with sounds of innocence, youth, nature and God, the Oregon Mozart Players will present “The Heavenly Life” on Saturday.
“The concert will share a message of simplicity and of hope, which is a message we need to hear today,” conductor Kelly Kuo said.
Kuo, who is in his sixth season conducting the OMP -- Eugene’s professional chamber orchestra -- designed the evening to intertwine symphony and song. The first portion of the evening will feature only Kuo on the piano and guest soprano Rachel Sterrenberg.
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