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Midori withdraws from July 8, Chee-Yun steps in

  • May 9, 2013

[caption id="attachment_2992" align="alignleft" width="200"] Midori will perform July 7, but withdraw from the OBF July 8 concert for medical reasons. Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders[/caption] With deep regret, violinist Midori will withdraw from her July 8 Oregon Bach Festival orchestra concert for medical reasons. In place of Bach's violin concerto BWV 1042, Chee-Yun, the Korean-born violinist whose honors include winning the 1989 Young Concert Artists competition, will step in and perform the Mozart “Turkish” violin concerto with the OBF orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Kahane. Midori will still take part in this year's Festival, leading a master class July 6, which is open...

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Rilling receives national, local awards

  • May 9, 2013

With his 80th birthday approaching on May 29, Oregon Bach Festival maestro Helmuth Rilling has two more reasons to celebrate. On Tuesday, May 7, the national service organization Chorus America named Rilling as the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award, given to a member whose long-term service to the choral field has furthered the organization’s mission “to build a dynamic and inclusive choral community so that more people are transformed by the beauty and power of choral singing.” “Helmuth Rilling has made an indelible impact on the choral arts," remarked Ann Meier Baker, Chorus America's executive director. "He combines a...

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OBF tickets now on sale

  • May 4, 2013

Tickets for 2013 Oregon Bach Festival concerts are now on sale for all cities through all box office outlets. The 2013 event June 24-July 14 celebrates Helmuth Rilling’s 80th birthday and honors his 44th and concluding season as artistic director. Rilling, who turns 80 on May 29, conducts Beethoven’s monumental Missa Solemnis as the opening concert, Bach’s St John Passion in four lecture-demonstrations and a full concert, and Bach’s B Minor Mass in Portland and Eugene as the Festival finale. Among the guest artists are violinists Midori and Chee-Yun, pianist/conductor Jeffrey Kahane, the Chuang/Levin piano duo, L.A-based baroque group Bach’s Circle, the Hohenstaufen Quartet (which includes Rilling’s daughters...