If it’s February in Eugene then you know it’s time for one of the funnest evenings in town – the Eugene Gleemen Valentines Sweetheart Ball.
Now in it’s 14th year, the Gleemen are proud to provide our community with a great dinner, entertainment from the Gleemen while you eat, and to top it all off, dancing to the Blue Skies Big Band – all for just $50 per person.
Click the poster or the link above to purchase your tickets – tables fill quickly and we truly want you to be a part of one of our favorite events.
Welcome to the Eugene Gleemen’s 90th Season! The group was formed on January 14, 1926 and rehearsals begin the next Tuesday making the Gleemen one of Eugene’s first community arts groups and one of the oldest men’s choirs on the west coast.
We are proud to be still going strong. In fact, in the last few years we have picked up the pace a bit. We have attracted several younger members, received Oregon Cultural Trust funding to purchase a substantial number of new arrangements for our library, now offer free holiday performances to retirement centers and nursing homes, and have started a series of impromptu concerts at local pubs in the summertime.
We invite you to share in the excitement by attending our major concerts this season:
- The Animals are Comin’ Sunday, November 22 at 3:00 at the Unitarian Church
- Annual Sweetheart’s Ball, Saturday, February 13, 6:00 at the Eugene Hilton
- American Spirituals, Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 at the Unitarian Church
Of course, if you feel like singing come on down and join us on Tuesday nights at the First Christian Church! It’s a welcoming environment and singing provides so many benefits to singers and audience alike.
For the Sheer Joy of Singing,
Dr. John Jantzi , Music Director
Jonathan Brandt , President
What do you do when the choral director says, “I need eight guys immediately to fill some roles in the upcoming Eugene Opera production of Faust!”
Respond, “No problem boss, and pass the eye-shadow”.
To say there is a difference between standing on risers wearing a tux and singing from sheet music … and having to memorize your lines in another language (French – mon Dieu!), act, learn staging, costumes and makeup is a massive understatement!
Still, we seemed to have survived and while some of the Gleemen who participated swore never to grace the Hult Center stage again, others were bitten by the Opera bug and have been regular members of the Eugene Opera chorus.
All together now…
de nos aïeux,
mourons comme eux!
et sous ton aile,
dirige nos pas, enflamme nos cœurs!
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music”, the Eugene Gleemen are proud to announce the final concert of our 2014/15 season, a tribute to the work of this famous team.
Join us as we perform a large selection of their works from The King and I, South Pacific, Oklahoma and many others – and of course, a selection of songs from The Sound of Music. Joining us on stage with their own selection of songs, and fresh from Carnegie Hall is the South Eugene High School Concert Choir – a 2014/15 Gleemen Grant recipient.
Tickets are available at the door, or can be purchased online by clicking the Tickets link at the top of the page.
We hope to see you there!
In keeping with their commitment to support youth choirs in the Eugene/Springfield area and spread “The Sheer Joy of Singing!” – the Eugene Gleemen are proud to introduce the 2014/15 Gleemen Grant recipients.
Throughout the years the Eugene Gleemen have provided tens of thousands of dollars of assistance to youth choral groups, and this season presented three awards of $500 each to local high school choirs.
The Sheldon High School Dublinaires performed with the Eugene Gleemen at their 13th Annual Valentines Sweetheart Ball on February 14th at the Hilton Hotel in Eugene. We are so glad to share the stage with such accomplished young performers and hope to plant the seeds early for a future career performing as a Eugene Gleeman!
Our next recipient was South Eugene High School, who as your read this are in New York getting ready to perform at the Choirs of America Nationals at Carnegie Hall! We traveled to their final concert before leaving for the Big Apple and were proud to present them with a Gleemen Grant to help fund their trip. Break a leg kids!
Our final recipient was Thurston High School, no stranger to the Eugene Gleemen who have a worked for many years with Mark Huisenga, their choral director. Last year the Gleemen made an appearance at a Thurston High School choral performance and are pleased to continue our support for this program.
The Valentines Sweetheart Ball is one of the hottest February events in town, with a great dinner, entertainment from the Eugene Gleemen and the Sheldon Dublinaires, and dancing to the Blue Skies Big Band – all for just $50 per person.
Click the poster or the link above to purchase your tickets – tables fill quickly and we would hate to miss you at one of our favorite events
The Holiday Season has finally arrived and the Gleemen have one of their busiest schedules ever with 11 performances in the next 18 days!
We start with a couple performances of our Christmas program, first at the LDS Creche on Friday night December 5th, followed by a guest appearance at the Greater Eugene Chorus’ Christmas concert on December 6th. You may remember this fabulous women’s chorus who appeared as a guest in our Christmas concert last year, and we are more than happy to return the favor.
Next, Christmas caroling is in full swing for us as we travel to eight retirement and assisted living facilities in the Eugene/Springfield area to share the joy of Christmas. We love giving back to the community, and Christmas caroling is by far one of the most rewarding activities we do.
Finally, we close out the year with the Gleemen Ensemble performing at a luncheon for NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) on December 22nd.
The Eugene Gleemen wish all of our fans, performers and supporters a safe and happy holiday season, and if we don’t see you at one of the events above, look forward to catching up with you again in the new year.
Over the nearly 90 years of our existence we have built a large and eclectic music library. Unfortunately, as time passes so does the quality of many of these pieces and it is not unusual for us to reuse music that has been performed by the Gleemen for 50, 60 or 70 years. This grant from the OCF will allow us to not only replenish our stock of favorite arrangements, but also purchase new and more challenging pieces from our favorite composers like Mark Hayes.
Thanks again to the Oregon Community Foundation for awarding the Eugene Gleemen this grant, the benefits will be coming soon in upcoming concerts.