Track and field legend Steve Prefontaine to be honored with his own Symphony

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Steve Prefontaine
Steve Prefontaine. Photo Credit: Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske

Track and field legend Steve Prefontaine will be honored with his own Symphony. This Symphony will take place on June 4 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. in Eugene, Oregon. Linda Prefontaine serves as a creative consultant.

As the world track and field championships come to Eugene, they honor one of Oregon’s greatest champions, Steve Prefontaine.

Before his untimely death in 1975, Prefontaine set 14 American records in distance running, and legends of his accomplishments still resonate across the world today.

Featuring original music by Oregon’s best-known composer, David Schiff, this stirring multi-media project will be enhanced with imagery projected on a screen above the stage and punctuated with spoken accounts of Steve’s life performed by Oregon Contemporary Theatre actors. It will be a celebration of Prefontaine’s legacy, which is still relevant to this day.

One of Oregon’s greatest champions, Steve Prefontaine, will be celebrated with an original piece written by Oregon composer, David Schiff.

2022 Prefontaine Classic

In other news, the Prefontaine Classic will be held on May 27 and 28, at the iconic and newly reimagined Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Over 200 of the world’s best male and female athletes will compete in various competitions throughout the two-day event, which will air live on NBC and will be live-streamed worldwide.  

The Pre Classic is part of the Wanda Diamond League, an annual worldwide series of elite track and field athletic competitions.

The Nike Prefontaine Classic is the premier track and field meet in the United States, honoring the life and legacy of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine. Since 1975, the prestigious event has taken place annually at the iconic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene and is part of the Wanda Diamond League, the annual worldwide series of elite track and field athletic competitions. It has been sponsored by Nike since 1978.

For more information on Steve Prefontaine’s life story and legacy, check out the official Prefontaine Productions homepage.