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

OBF Moves to New Office

  • Apr 4, 2015

Check out the view of our new building. Last Monday, March 30 OBF staff started unpacking boxes and settling in at our new office at 1600 Millrace Boulevard. We are on the third floor of the newly renovated building, come visit us.

A huge thank you to Agate Hall for the wonderful memories we've shared over the last 21 years!

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Maestro's Travel Diary

  • Dec 2, 2014
How many miles has Matthew Halls flown in the last couple of years with British Airways alone? Apparently almost to the moon (which is 238,855 miles)!! If you add up his miles from other airlines, the total is just less than 400,000 miles since he first came to OBF in 2011. Continue reading for his first-hand account of his travel to Australia. Matthew Halls: Excited to be flying for the first time on the new Airbus. Rumour has it they have a bar on the upper deck. That will help to while away the 22 hour flight!     When score study is completed for... read more

Halls to Conduct Veterans Day Concert

  • Oct 27, 2014


Matthew Halls returns for a residency with the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance to conduct the UO Chamber Choir and University Singers. The concert will happen Sunday, November 9 at 3 p.m. and tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office.

Read more about the program at the School of Music and Dance Website.
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Halls debut with Utah Symphony

  • Aug 4, 2014
  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

OBF Interns learn about production

  • Jun 26, 2014
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

Matthew Halls reports from Essen

  • Mar 18, 2014
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

Matthew Halls debuts in Los Angeles

  • Feb 24, 2014
 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