Adventurous Brooklyn Rider arrives April 7

  • Mar 28, 2013

At the time that Beethoven wrote Opus 131 it was considered fiendishly difficult," says violinist Colin Jacobsen of Brooklyn Rider. "When told by the musicians who first played it that it was really difficult, he said 'I'm not writing it for you, I'm writing it for the future." The New York-based quartet, in the final ChamberMusic@Beall concert Sunday, April 7 at 3 pm, may very well emblemize that future. Praised for its “stunningly imaginative” performances (Lucid Culture), the adventurous, intrepid string quartet  combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that continues to attract legions of fans and...


Digital Bach goes deep into the Matthew Passion

  • Mar 21, 2013

In concert, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion takes a listener through a story of betrayal, cruelty, faith, hope, and redemption—the last hours of Jesus’ life. In the Digital Bach Project’s new St. Matthew initiative, a listener can actively plumb the depths of the great musical drama in a nearly limitless multimedia experience. Officially launched on March 21 (Bach’s Birthday) at www.digitalbach.com, the new site incorporates high definition video of conductor Helmuth Rilling’s complete St. Matthew lecture-concerts; poetry, artwork, photography, and scholarship; and a line-by-line animation of the libretto available in 15 languages, set to Rilling’s 1999 recording. The St. Matthew Passion...


OBF tickets now on sale

  • Mar 12, 2013

Tickets for the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival are now on sale to current Friends of the Festival and those who wish to join or renew at the $125 level or above. In 30 concerts and almost 60 total events June 24-July 14 we celebrate Helmuth Rilling’s 44th and concluding season as artistic director. [caption id="attachment_10660" align="alignright" width="240"] Jeffrey Kahane conducts July 8[/caption] Key works include Beethoven's Missa Solemnis; a "Night at the Opera" of works by Verdi, Wagner, and Britten featuring soprano Tamara Wilson and conductor Matthew Halls; and concertos with violinist Midori and pianist/conductor Jeffrey Kahane.  On July 6, Rilling will ceremoniously pass the baton to...


BachFest PDX explores composer’s genius

  • Mar 11, 2013

The classical concert series BachFest PDX returns to Portland July 7-12, 2013 to explore Bach’s genius in three musical forms: the majesty of his organ works; the wizardry of his dance-inspired instrumental music; and his crowning achievement of choral music, the B Minor Mass. [caption id="attachment_10608" align="alignright" width="240"] Paul Jacobs performs July 7. Photo: Christina Wilton[/caption] Among the featured artists are conductor Helmuth Rilling with the Oregon Bach Festival chorus, orchestra, and soloists; organ virtuoso Paul Jacobs; and the Portland Baroque Orchestra with Monica Huggett and special guest Matthew Halls, who becomes the Festival’s next artistic director later this year....


OBF 2013 concert schedule

  • Mar 5, 2013

Major Concert Schedule *Helmuth Rilling, conductor As of 2/28/2013, information subject to change. Download a print version of the schedule Monday, June 24 7:30 pm  Bach's Circle– Ashland (Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship) LA-based ensemble performs Baroque works by Bach, Couperin, Fasch, and Vivaldi Tuesday, June 25 7:30 pm  Bach's Circle– Bend (Tower Theatre) Friday, June 28 7:30 pm  Beethoven: Missa Solemnis* (Silva Concert Hall) OBF Orchestra; Berwick Chorus of the OBF; Tamara Wilson, soprano; Roxana Constantinescu, alto; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Ivan Garcia, bass; Helmuth Rilling, conductor Saturday, June 29 2 pm  OBF Kids: Around the World witih Radim Zenkl (Soreng Theater) 7:30 pm  Radim Zenkl & Leo...