The Eugene Symphony performed its regularly scheduled concert last evening in honor of Kjersten Oquist and Angela Svendsen, who passed away earlier this week when their car was struck by a drunk driver…
Oregon Symphony assistant principal violist, Charles Noble, set up a wonderful page where friends and colleagues could post their memories and pictures of Kjersten and Angela. There are dozens of posts so far and many more sure to come, you can find the page at http://books.dreambook.com/nobleviola/main.html
Meanwhile, the Eugene symphony sent out the following press release in advance of last evening’s concert:
EUGENE– To honor orchestra members Kjersten Oquist and Angela Svendsen, who died tragically this week, the Eugene Symphony will perform its regularly scheduled concert with Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway this Thursday, February 15, 2007, 8 p.m.
“Going forward with Thursday’s performance is the right thing to do,” said board president Mary Ann Hanson. “Music will speak to us through our grief and provide the solace we all need at this time.”
All auxiliary activities, including a free concert preview at noon at the Hult Center tomorrow and a free master class with Sir James Galway at Beall Hall on Wednesday at 4 p.m. will continue as planned.
The evening’s concert program will be altered to include Variation No. 9 from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations in honor of Kjersten and Angela. Additional information about memorial services and memorial funds will be forthcoming.
Orchestra committee chair and member of the first violin section, Lisa Bieber said, “The most healing thing we can do at this time is to make music together.”