Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association eNewsletter
Hope Abbey Mausoleum

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Alder Street Winds
Vox Resonat
Did you Know?

When Ellis Lawrence designed Hope Abbey in 1913, he chose the Egyptian Revival architectural style. In the early 1900s, Egyptian funerary architecture was popular in America's nonsectarian cemeteries. Hope Abbey's massive entrance archway, with bundles of papyrus on both sides of the doors and lotus blossom urns on the porch, is distinctly Egyptian.

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery has available space for burials and cremations. For cremains, we offer the Scatter Garden, niches within Hope Abbey and in-ground burials. Email to Administrator Sally Dietrich for more information, or
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Music To Die For

Alder Street Winds
Sunday, October 25th at 2 PM 

The Alder Street Winds play classical music with a light touch. Formed on Alder Street in the late 60s as a woodwind quintet, but relocated to Harris Street in the 80s, they bill themselves as "the oldest established permanent floating woodwind quintet in Eugene." Over the years, they have also performed as a sextet (with piano) and in quartets. This concert features three ASW members playing an assortment of trios from a variety of periods, including two compositions from the early 19th century, Beethoven's variations on a Mozart theme, and delightful recent works by American composers.

Left to right: Daniel Cathey, clarinet, is a multiple woodwinds specialist working in classical chamber music, musical theater and jazz.

Pamela Feree is a long-term flutist with the Alder Street Winds who studied music at the University of California at Fullerton.     

Bassoonist Charles Wright is a founding member of the Alder Street Winds, as well as of the Uncalled Four Bassoon Quartet.

Performances start at 2 PM and last approximately one hour. These concerts are free, but seating is limited, so please arrive early. 
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Vox Resonat
October 24th at 3 PM 

Vox Resonat is a vocal ensemble led by UO voice professor Eric Mentzel, will perform a Day of the Dead concert at the Eugene Masonic Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Mausoleum is at East 26th Avenue and University Street, where East 26th ends at the cemetery. Note that this is NOT a free concert and is NOT part of the Music To Die For music series. See below for details.

Vox Resonat, a small ensemble of vocal soloists, will sing Monteverdi's "Lagrime d'Amante," a lament on the death of the composer's favorite singer who died tragically at the age of 18; movements from Victoria's Requiem; and musical meditations on death and the afterlife by Byrd, Scarlatti, Josquin, Gesualdo and Gombert.

"Hope Abbey is the ideal place for a musical memorial," Mentzel said. "The acoustics of the building are wonderful for vocal music; singing this repertoire in this building for this occasion is just perfect."

Apparently, the Eugene concert public agrees. "Our concert last year sold out, and some fans were turned away," Mentzel said. "This year we'll be selling tickets in advance through the UO Ticket Office so that people can be sure of getting in."

In addition to his position at the UO School of Music and Dance, Mentzel is a prominent and widely recorded singer of early music. He was recently named director of the Seattle Medieval Women's Choir.

The Hope Abbey Mausoleum, completed in 1914, was designed in Egyptian Revival style by Ellis F. Lawrence, first dean of the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts. After many years of deterioration and disuse, it has been mostly restored and is now in operation and open to the public.

Tickets for the Oct. 24 concert will be available through the UO Ticket Office at  Seating is limited, so advance purchase is required.

This is NOT a free concert and is NOT part of the Music To Die For music series.
John Bredesen
eNewsletter Editor