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...

Curtain rises with Rilling, Bell, sellout

  • Jul 4, 2012

From the Register-Guard June 30, 2012 The Oregon Bach Festival kicked off its annual 2 1/2-week run here and around the state Friday night with a violin superstar, an evening of Felix Mendelssohn and a sold-out house at the Hult Center. With festival founder Helmuth Rilling on the podium, violinist Joshua Bell charmed listeners in the Hult’s 2,500-seat Silva Concert Hall as he played his rendition of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto, featuring a violin cadenza that Bell wrote himself in place of the 19th century composer’s. With neither musician using a score, Rilling conducted and Bell played the concerto passionately and...


PDX series presents A Child of our Time 7/6

  • Jul 4, 2012

When the power of great music and the passion of world-renowned performers come together, you get the Oregon Bach Festival’s 2012 Portland concert series, Bachfest PDX. The series resumes Friday, July 6 in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. [caption id="attachment_8776" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Matthew Halls in rehearsal for the Bach Lutheran Mass"][/caption] Matthew Halls will conduct Michael Tippett’s modern choral work, A Child of our Time on Friday, July 6. The work was Tippett's heartfelt response to the tragedies he witnessed during World War II. Modeled after Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Tippett engages the audience during crucial moments of the work by integrating...


John Scott Let's Talk 7/5 cancelled

  • Jul 4, 2012

The Oregon Bach Festival "Let's Talk" session scheduled for Thursday July 5 at 12 pm in the Hult Center has been cancelled due to flight delays encountered by organist and guest artist John Scott. Scott's organ recitals July 6 in Eugene and July 9 in Portland will go on as planned. His Let's Talk appearance will not be rescheduled.

Orchestral Variations offer many possibilities

  • Jul 4, 2012

By Mark Samples From The Register-Guard July 4, 2012 The Portland Baroque Orchestra began the first full week of the Oregon Bach Festival with a performance of the “Goldberg” Variations on Monday night at the University of Oregon’s Beall Hall. It was a revealingly fresh take on a beloved piece. The “Goldberg” Variations are a set of 30 variations on an aria by J.S. Bach. Although originally written for harpsichord, it was played here in an arrangement by violinist and composer Dmitry Sitkovetsky. Violinist Monica Huggett led the orchestra while playing the first violin part. Tinkering with a piece as cherished...


Pink Martini's spirited concert full of highlights

  • Jul 4, 2012

By Mark Samples From The Register-Guard July 3, 2012 “That was not a piece by Bach.” Those were the first words out of Thomas Lauderdale’s mouth after the opening number of Sunday night’s Oregon Bach Festival concert at the Cuthbert Amphitheater. Lauderdale’s band, Pink Martini, delivered an eclectic and exhilarating evening, and its jubilant playing had the audience dancing in the aisles. No one, of course, had to be told that the opening music wasn’t by Bach. It was a fiery flamenco rendition of “Malagueña,” by Ernesto Lecuona. But Lauderdale’s comment and the opening tune signaled the white hot energy and...

Audience spellbound by all-Mendelssohn opener

  • Jul 1, 2012

By Mark Samples From the Register-Guard July 1, 2012 At Friday’s Oregon Bach Festival opener, superstar violinist Joshua Bell thrilled the audience with his interpretation of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto. The all-Mendelssohn concert also featured two historic champions of Bach’s music. The first was Helmuth Rilling, who conducted the entire evening with authority and from memory. The second was Mendelssohn himself, who during his lifetime sparked a resurgence of interest in Bach’s large choral works. The program sprinted off the block with Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony. From the first fall of the baton, the players captured the piece’s youthful jubilation. The strings played...