Virtuoso Organist Paul Jacobs Returns to Portland

  • Jul 3, 2015
Grammy award-winning, virtuoso organist Paul Jacobs returns to Portland Tuesday, July 7 to astound audiences with his profound command and mastery of “the king of instruments.” Of his recent appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra, a Washington Post critic wrote, “I have seldom heard an orchestral audience leap to its feet and whoop at a solo organ piece, but the adulation was well deserved.” Eugene audiences last week were thrilled by a program that includes the celebratory Bach Sinfonia from Cantata 29, the lush choral preludes by Brahms, and dazzling sets of variations by the late Romantic composer Max Reger, all... read more

A Night of Vivid Color and Raucous Energy

  • Jul 1, 2015
Legendary conductor Masaaki Suzuki leads the OBF Orchestra and Berwick Chorus in a concert of classical masterpieces, including Haydn’s epic Lord Nelson Mass 7:30pm on Tuesday, July 7. This work has long been a favorite for its spectacular climaxes and intense drama unlike other settings of the mass. Maestro Suzuki and the fantastic quartet of Joanne Lunn, Roxana Constantinescu, Dann Coakwell, and Tyler Duncan will thrill you with this vivid and thrilling work. The program also includes two great orchestral works, Mozart’s Symphony in G Minor, No. 25 and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. The score for Pulcinella, one of the loveliest of the... read more

Berwick Academy presents a thrilling evening of Bach and Handel

  • Jun 29, 2015
Fresh off the successful Beethoven concerts last weekend, the Berwick Academy now shifts its focus and instruments to the Baroque era. Legendary conductor Masaaki Suzuki will lead the ensemble of talented young professionals from all over America in a brash and thrilling concert of masterpieces on Friday, July 3. Guest artist Monica Huggett rejoins the ensemble and Academy member Chloe Fedor for a performance of Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor.   The wealth of talent that comprises the orchestra is also featured in two other famous Bach works, the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and the Orchestral Suite No. 3,... read more

A First at OBF: Kavafian and Serkin

  • Jun 28, 2015

Through a new partnership with Portland’s Chamber Music Northwest, we’re proud to present two of the classical world’s brightest stars: violinist Ida Kavafian and pianist Peter Serkin. Mainstays of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society, they visit Beall Concert Hall Wednesday night for a trio of Beethoven violin classics. Almost sold out!

And make plans for Sunday, July 5, and an ensemble of Chamber Music Northwest all-stars led by clarinetist David Shifrin. The program includes the world premiere of Ralph's Old Records - a nostalgic tribute to popular big band music of the 1930s and 40s by Portland composer/violist Kenji Bunch.

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The Architecture of Sound- Bach, Bruckner, and Brahms

  • Jun 27, 2015
Three Composers.  Seven Soloists.  One spectacular evening. Thursday July 2, features the performance of a lifetime with a triple whammy of the era’s best Bs. Maximum contrast.  Diversity of style and performing approach.  Prepare to be amazed with the size and sound of Bach, Bruckner, and Brahms, featuring the most talented soloists and musicians of the day, with and an appearance by the talented Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. Tammy Wilson once again appears to sing with a chorus of one hundred and fifty also featuring pieces that include Bach’s Cantata BWV 150, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E... read more

Halls conducts in Moscow

  • Jun 4, 2015

From the Maestro's Travel Diary...



Greetings from Moscow.



This is the legendary Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, rehearsing with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra the other day....



Amazing to see them standing up in the galleries...



and just before concert.



Next stop Eugene!!!!



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A Storm is coming. Are you ready?

  • Jun 1, 2015
Musician. Actor. Playwright. Author. Awesome. Songstress Storm Large, last seen at the OBF fronting Pink Martini at the Cuthbert Amphitheater, returns to Eugene to sing life into the biting and beautifully sardonic world of Weill and Brecht’s Seven Deadly Sins Friday, June 26, at 7:30 pm in Silva Concert Hall. And that’s just the start. Fresh from selling out Portland’s Schnitzer Concert Hall, Storm will captivate OBF audiences with Copland’s Appalachian Spring, a new work by Portland composer Mason Bates, torch songs, American songbook standards done in her fearless style, and a blazing bolt of rock. Special guests Hudson Shad, a New York-based... read more

Arvo Pärt's Ethereal Passio

Pärt’s Passio: music for a contemplative summer night June 28th

  • May 21, 2015
The story is traditional: the Gospel According to St. John. But the approach is ethereal, profound, and, ultimately, captivating: Passio, music for voices and a string quintet by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The music isn’t the only thing that will create a special atmosphere for this later-evening concert, which starts at 9 pm on Sunday, June 28 and takes place without intermission. Audiences will enter at dusk and leave after night falls, in a way mirroring Jesus’ journey into a dark night of the soul. Among the most revered of contemporary composers, Pärt is known for the mystic, meditative, and near-hypnotic quality... read more