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Friends annual meeting this Sunday

  • Dec 3, 2012

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Oregon Bach Festival will take place this Sunday, December 9 in the UO School of Music and Dance  in Room 163. The meeting will begin at approximately 5:15 pm, following that day's ChamberMusic@Beall concert featuring the Miró Quartet. Friends of the Festival board chair Dave Frosaker and board president John Evans will address the meeting. Friends will vote on the slate of new directors and hear a state of the Festival report as well as a preview of the OBF 2013 concert schedule. A reception with holiday treats follows in the music...

Halls Bach CD is BBC Record of the Month

  • Nov 29, 2012

Matthew Halls and the Retrospect Ensemble’s recording of Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos is the BBC Music Magazine’s Record of the Month for December, earning a perfect five stars for both performance and recording. Reviewer George Pratt says that Halls and his ensemble, performing with one-to-a-part strings and perfectly matched harpsichord, transport the listener back to the days of Zimmerman’s Leipzig coffee house, where these pieces were likely first performed. “Halls’ sparkling articulation generates enormous exuberance,” Pratt writes. “All in all...irresistible.” The magazine’s three-page coverage includes an interview with Halls on the challenges of playing Bach and capsule reviews of three other...

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Miró Quartet explores Schubert Dec 9

  • Nov 28, 2012

Video excerpt: Schubert's Death and the Maiden by the Miró Quartet on Vimeo. Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse," the dynamic Miró Quartet performs two great quartets by Schubert in our ChamberMusic@Beall concert Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm. Tickets start at $17. Click to order online or purchase through the Hult Center and UO ticket offices. Now in its second decade, the quartet continues to captivate audiences and critics around the world with its startling intensity, fresh perspective, and mature approach. Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Miró Quartet met with...

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Bach, guest artists spark Rilling 2013 celebration

  • Nov 13, 2012

The 2013 Oregon Bach Festival, June 24-July 14, celebrates Helmuth Rilling’s 80th birthday and honors his 44th and concluding season as artistic director with a three-week musical party featuring stellar guest artists, a multi-concert salute to composer anniversaries, and three of history’s towering choral masterworks. Click to view the schedule of concerts. The University of Oregon event will produce 31 concerts in Eugene, Portland, Ashland, Bend, Corvallis, and Florence, with more than 50 overall events including lectures, films and gatherings. 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...

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Now at Digital Bach: Goldberg Seminar

  • Nov 13, 2012

The Oregon Bach Festival has officially posted the latest addition to the Digital Bach Project: The Goldberg Seminar video. Taped at last summer's OBF and moderated by Hal Hinkle, the discussion about Bach’s work generated lively conversation amongst Angela Hewitt, Matthew Halls and Tim Smith. The distinguished panel analyzed a wide range of concepts regarding the piece, from its use of repeats, differences between piano and harpsichord performance, and formal structure. You might even find yourself pondering one of Hal Hinkle’s questions: “If you could ask Bach one question about his work, what would that be?” The Digital Bach Project...

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Halls conducts UO choir concert Nov 10

  • Nov 4, 2012

Matthew Halls, the Oregon Bach Festival's artistic director designate, is in Eugene for a week-long residency at the UO School of Music and Dance, including rehearsals, conducting classes, and a free public lecture, culminating in a choral concert of works by Durufle and Scarlatti Saturday, November 10. Public Lecture: "Performance Practice and Historical Style: How do we know when we've got it right?" Thursday, November 8 4 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building Halls will relate his experience as a harpsichordist and performance practice specialist with the UK's Resonance Ensemble in this lecture, which is free and open to...

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Helmuth's fall tour includes US

  • Oct 15, 2012

OBF Artistic Director Helmuth Rilling hits the road for guest conducting appearances this fall, including a set of performances in Minneapolis. Rilling conducts the Vocal Essence ensemble of Minneapolis in a program entitled Romance in E Minor, with works by Mendelssohn and Bruckner, including the latter’s Mass in E Minor. The concert takes place Friday October 19 in the Cathedral of St. Paul. From there it’s on to Europe and northeastern Italy for performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Bruneck and Bozenen October 27-28. Soloists Letizia Scherrer, Barbara Hölzl, Lothar Odinius, and Michael Volle join the Choir of the Collegium Musicum...