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Variations of Variations

  • Jun 29, 2012

From The Entertainer June 29, 2012  After an absence of almost two decades, the Oregon Bach Festival returns to Corvallis this weekend to greet some old friends and maybe make some new ones. And, to mark the occasion, the festival is bringing an old friend in modern garb: A performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, in an arrangement written for a string orchestra. Performing the piece: The Portland Baroque Orchestra. The Bach Festival, based in Eugene, last put on a concert in Corvallis in 1995 or 1996, according to George Evano, the festival’s director of communications. But, Evano said, it’s proven...

Tenor Nicholas Phan 11th hour sub for Wortig

  • Jun 25, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8304" align="alignright" width="216" caption="Nicholas Phan"][/caption] Rising-star tenor Nicholas Phan, just finishing a season in which he made his role debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Atlanta Opera and his New York Philharmonic debut in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, will sing the Evangelist role in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and six other concerts with Helmuth Rilling and the Oregon Bach Festival June 29-July 15 as a substitute for Dominik Wortig, who has cancelled due to illness. This will be the second time that Phan has come to Rilling’s rescue. At Carnegie Hall in February 2009, Phan was...

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Interactive Variations: OBF launches new site

  • Jun 12, 2012

The Oregon Bach Festival's new, in-depth interactive exploration of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations takes listeners to places they’ve never been before—at least among places on the Internet. Now online at DigitalBach.com, Cuepoints: The Goldberg Variations is the work of scholars, artists, and performers. It integrates two world-class recordings—including a harpsichord performance by Matthew Halls, the Oregon Bach Festival’s artistic director designate—a fully annotated, movement-by movement analysis, and a follow-along, animated first-edition score, all of which enable viewers to experience the fullest scope of this pinnacle of the theme-and-variations form. The new Goldberg Variations chapter augments the current site’s trailblazing score...

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OBF Cinema: Soaring athletes, enigmatic genius

  • Jun 10, 2012

Beginning June 30, the Oregon Bach Festival’s Cinema series delves into the music and community’s culture through the medium of film. Partaking in the glory of the Olympic Track and Field Trials hosted by Eugene this June, OBF Cinema gets a running start with We Grew Wings, a documentary about the University of Oregon’s female athletes who revolutionized the world of track and field in 1985 with performances equal to those of the more famous “Men of Oregon.” Today, the internationally known “Woman of Oregon” continue to soar to new heights. Presented in association with the Olympic Track and Field...

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The piano-playing Fab Five are Bach for more!

  • May 23, 2012

After two packed houses in 2007 and 2008, those piano-shredding siblings The 5 Browns return to the Oregon Bach Festival on Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 PM in Silva Concert Hall. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Hult Center and UO ticket offices. Prices range from $15 to $38 for the general public and are $10 with a student ID. Having been dubbed the “Fab Five” by People magazine, all five members of this quintet attended the Julliard School, the largest group of family members to ever be accepted. The Festival is thrilled to be able to welcome...

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OBF Kids: Characters come to life through music

  • May 21, 2012

Each year, the Oregon Bach Festival provides exceptional opportunities for children and parents to experience and enjoy music together. This year, OBF presents Buzz and Crow on Saturday, July 7 and Peter and the Wolf on Saturday, July 14. [caption id="attachment_7727" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few bring their Buzz and Crow characters to life"][/caption] Buzz and Crow is a musical adventure for the young and young and heart, performed by internationally known soloists Guy Few and Nadina Jackson. Armed with just their instruments and imagination, and using just music without words, they’ll tell a story of two...

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OBF $5 "Arts for all" tickets in Portland

  • May 8, 2012

The Oregon Bach Festival now participates in the Portland $5 Arts for All ticket program. Arts for All $5 tickets available for purchase for the 2012 Bachfest PDX series concerts, all 7:30 pm: Saturday, June 30, 7:30 pm Joshua Bell plays Mendelssohn (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall) Friday, July 6, 7:30 pm A Child of our Time, Michael Tippett’s modern choral masterwork inspired by World War II, conducted by Matthew Halls (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral) Monday, July 9, 7:30 pm Top organist John Scott performs Bach (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral) Wednesday, July 11, 7:30 pm Tango Harmonica with virtuoso Joe Powers, his international quintet and a quartet...