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Free Events: 16 ways to get involved

  • Jun 17, 2013

Every summer, Oregon Bach Festival provides a plethora of free concerts, lectures, and pre-concert talks to the community.  This year is no exception, with free events happening almost daily throughout the Festival.  Our On The House concert series kicks off Saturday, June 29 with a performance by the Oregon Percussion Ensemble, sure to delight with their thumping renditions of modern classical percussion chamber music.   The series continues Wednesday, July 3 with the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy soloists showcasing their talents.  Friday, July 5 features Toby Koenigsberg Jazz Trio playing a lively swinging set. Koeningsberg serves as assistant professor of jazz...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...