Just a few weeks after our Festival concluded, OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls made his Utah Symphony debut, performing last week at the 7,000 ft. altitude Deer Valley Music Festival. The concert began with a intrepid and vigorous performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 96 in D major, followed by the equally dynamic Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 3. "And the orchestra responded with clean, crisp playing and finely tuned articulation. There was good balance among the sections, and the playing was seamless and well crafted," wrote Edward Reichel in his blog. Read the full review of the... read more
Festival Interns Maya and Jon learn about production in the Hult Center. Read more about Jon and Maya below.
Maya Zimmerman Festival Operations Intern
Maya will be supporting Gail Norris and the Festival Ops department, and will assist in scheduling volunteers, coordinating catering, gift baskets and flowers, the scheduling and transportation of artists and other integral festival logistics. Maya hails from San Francisco, California and moved to Eugene three years ago to obtain a degree at the University of Oregon. She is currently a junior studying Public Relations in the School of Journalism and Communication in hopes of pursuing a career in... read more
Two weekends ago, I took myself off to Essen, one of the few German cities that I've not had the pleasure of visiting on my travels — until now.
I was accompanied by more suitcases than normal, as I am hunkering down for the next two and a half months of performances at the Aalto Theatre
Handel's Ariodante is on the menu in a new fully staged production at the old theatre in Essen. I've performed quite a few Handel operas over the years but never Ariodante. It's a masterpiece, and I just can't wait to start work on it.
Opera is always... read more
OBF artistic director Matthew Halls made his California debut in January, conducting two concerts with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). At the “impressive” performance in Royce Hall on the UCLA campus, Halls conducted a beautifully crafted program that included Mozart’s ballet music from the opera Idomeneo, Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, featuring OBF favorites Allan Vogel and Ken Mundy, a mesmerizing reading of Musica Celestis by Aaron Jay Kernis, and a fresh and vibrant Beethoven One that brought a capacity audience to its feet. “The program was led by guest conductor Matthew Halls, a handsome fellow who was incredibly familiar with... read more
On July 14, 2013, more than two thousand OBF patrons and musicians gathered in the Hult Center lobby to present outgoing artistic director Helmuth Rilling with a champagne toast and a final gift: a beautiful handbound score of James MacMillan's Alleluia, which was written for Rilling and premiered at the July 6 Passing of the Baton concert. The volume, which included a CD of the July 6 performance, was designed and produced by Eugene artisan Sandy Tilcock of lone goose press, in collaboration with artists Susan Price and Marilyn Reaves, and presented to Rilling by OBF President and General Director... read more
Hear one of the world’s most enduring and beloved musical traditions on Monday, November 4 when the Oregon Bach Festival presents the Vienna Boys Choir at 7:30 pm in Beall Concert Hall, sponsored by SELCO Community Credit Union.This concert is sold out.
Begun in 1498, when Emperor Maximilian I included a choir of six boys among his Vienna palace musicians, the choir has survived and thrived over the centuries. Such musicians as Mozart, Salieri, and Anton Bruckner have worked with the choir, and composers Jacobus Gallus and Franz Schubert were themselves choristers. Brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn, members of the choir... read more
Ranging from Monteverdi to Verdi, Bach to Rachmaninoff, and Mozart to Milhaud, the Oregon Bach Festival’s first season under the directorship of Matthew Halls will be as diverse and widespread as the conductor’s own musical passions. The 45th running of the University of Oregon’s cultural gem takes place June 26-July 13 in Eugene, Portland, and other Oregon cities. Among the highlights announced today (August 22) are the world premiere of Halls’ own reconstruction of Bach’s lost St. Mark Passion, completed in collaboration with Zurich-based scholar and organist Dominik Sackmann. In contrast to Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, pillars... read more
This July, Helmuth Rilling retired as the Oregon Bach Festival's Artistic Director. He has dedicated 44 summers of his life to creating something precious and lasting here in Oregon: an internationally acclaimed musical and educational enterprise described as “without equal.” Now it is time to thank him—for the music, for the memories, and for creating a marvelous institution that instills love and appreciation for classical music in new generations of talented musicians. We invite you to join in creating an enduring tribute to this remarkable man who propelled the Oregon Bach Festival to international prominence in the world of classical... read more