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Tippett’s oratorio an impassioned plea for peace

  • Jul 10, 2012

By James Bash From Oregon Music News July 10, 2012 Led by Matthew Halls, the Oregon Bach Festival’s orchestra, chorus, and soloists gave an impassioned performance of “A Child of Our Times” on Friday, July 6th at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. It was quite an accomplishment, considering the heat wave that seemed to have settled inside the building. Even though the male performers (orchestra, chorus, and soli) were excused from wearing their jackets, Hall, the OBF’s artistic director designate, carried onward in full regalia. The sauna-like conditions did not stop him from whipping up his forces and delivering an emotionally rewarding performance...

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Ya-Fei Chuang: Piano and player shine

  • Jul 10, 2012

By John Farnworth From The Register-Guard July 8, 2012  Gliding onto the University of Oregon’s Beall Concert Hall stage in a glittery floor-length dark red dress, Ya-Fei Chuang certainly drew the audience’s attention in the very first moment of her piano recital on Thursday evening, part of this year’s Oregon Bach Festival. The other attention-drawing item on stage, even before the music commenced, was the grand piano — a Fazioli. Little known in the United States, this Italian-­made piano is the “must have” for several world-renowned pianists, including Angela Hewitt, who performs at the Oregon Bach Festival on Saturday. The...

Concert pairing offers rare musical insight

  • Jul 10, 2012

By Marilyn Farwell From The Register-Guard July 10, 2012  Over the years, the Oregon Bach Festival has introduced its audiences to many new works. Some, like Krzyzstof Penderecki’s “Credo,” were commissioned for the festival, while others, like Felix Mendelssohn’s only opera, “Der Onkel aus Boston,” were rarities. For most American audiences, Michael Tippett’s oratorio “A Child of Our Time” is a new experience. And for those who heard it on Saturday evening at the Hult Center’s Silva Concert Hall, it was a profound revelation. It may seem odd that a British composer’s mid-20th century work would be coupled on the...

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Tippett: Powerful performance

  • Jul 10, 2012

By Mark Mandel From OregonLive/The Oregonian  July 7, 2012 Ears are still ringing from the Oregon Bach Festival's powerful performance of Michael Tippett's "A Child of Our Time" Friday night at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Emotional power is something Tippett's oratorio has had from the start, inspired as it was by the same assassination (of a German diplomat by a Jewish youth) that gave the Nazis a pretext for the pogrom known as Kristallnacht. Tippett deepened its emotional power when he buttressed its musical structure with five African American spirituals, which speak for oppressed peoples everywhere and universalize his themes of compassion...

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Passion of the tango lures Powers

  • Jul 6, 2012

With a name perfectly suited for the Oregon Bach Festival’s 2012 theme “The Power and the Passion,” harmonica virtuoso Joe Powers, along with his international quintet and troupe of dancers, will perform an eclectic mix of traditional and modern tango in a four-city, OBF concert tour July 11-14. Demonstrating the inherent passion of such dances as the milonga, tango, and samba, the group launches the tour in Portland July 11, followed with Bend on July 12, Eugene on July 13, and Ashland on July 14. A native Oregonian, Powers was given a harmonica at age two and has pursued musical...

OBF kicks off season with all-Mendelssohn evening

  • Jul 5, 2012

By Holly Johnson From Oregon Music News July 5, 2012 An all-Mendelssohn program Saturday night June 30th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall served as the 2012 Oregon Bach Festival opener in Portland, and an impressive launching concert it proved to be. The main attraction was uber-dramatic violinist superstar Joshua Bell performing the Concerto for Violin in E Minor, Op. 64 (including his own original cadenzas in the first movement). But there were plenty of other goodies to enjoy. A highlight as impressive as Bell was Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60, set to Goethe’s poem of the same title and composed...

Oregon Bach Festival concert reviews 2012

  • Jul 4, 2012

Here you'll find the index of media reviews for the Oregon Bach Festival 2012's concerts. July 1, 2012 Audience spellbound by all-Mendelssohn opener (Register-Guard) July 3, 2012 Pink Martini's spirited concert full of highlights (Register-Guard) July 4, 2012 PBO/Goldbergs: Orchestral Variations offer many possibilities (Register-Guard) July 5, 2012 OBF kicks off season with all-Mendelssohn evening (Oregon Music News) July 8, 2012 Tippett: Powerful performance (OregonLive/Oregonian) Ya-Fei Chuang: Piano and player shine (Register-Guard) July 10, 2012 A Child of our Time: Concert pairing offers rare musical insight (Register-Guard) A Child of our Time: Tippett’s oratorio an impassioned plea for peace (Oregon Music News) July 12, 2012 Debussy Soiree: Delightful conversation with Claude Debussy (Register-Guard) Organist Scott does wonders...