PBO Goldbergs vary from the traditional

  • May 2, 2012

As part of the Oregon Bach Festival’s multi-faceted exploration of Bach’s Goldberg Variations this summer, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, directed by Monica Huggett, presents the revered variations in a brand new way. Beginning June 30, the four-city tour will strike its first chord in Astoria, followed by Corvallis on July 1, Eugene on July 2, and Lincoln City on July 3. [caption id="attachment_7510" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Monica Huggett directs the Portland Baroque Orchestra's "Goldbergs""][/caption] This exciting string ensemble version, arranged by Russian violinist and conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky, is quite a variation from the traditional work, originally composed for a single harpsichord...


Bachfest PDX powers up the Passion

  • Apr 20, 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. Ranging from Mendelssohn's masterworks to tantalizing tango tunes of Buenos Aires, each of the four performances convey a passion all their own, echoing this year’s theme, The Power & The Passion. Tickets are now on sale for this year’s four-concert series, which runs June 30 – July 11 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and Lincoln Hall on the PSU campus. Returning to Portland after bringing audiences to their feet in three...


Opening concerts dedicated to Allan Price

  • Mar 28, 2012

The opening concerts of the 2012 Oregon Bach Festival will be dedicated to the memory of Allan Price. [caption id="attachment_8196" align="alignleft" width="192" caption="Alan Price and Lilah Stangeland during the 2006 announcement of her major gift to the Youth Choral Academy"][/caption] Formerly vice president for advancement at the University of Oregon, Price was instrumental in the formation of the Oregon Bach Festival’s Saltzman Endowment. He facilitated many important gifts and introduced new donors to the Festival. At his death Price was senior vice president for advancement at OHSU and president of the OHSU Foundation. The two concerts June 29 in Eugene...


Bach's music fires OBF's Power and Passion

  • Mar 18, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6219" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Helmuth Rilling. Photo: Michael Latz"][/caption] Tickets are now on sale for the 42nd Oregon Bach Festival, June 29-July 15, 2012 in Eugene, Portland, and five other cities. Conductor Helmuth Rilling, superstar violinist Joshua Bell, keyboardist Angela Hewitt, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and harpsichordist/conductor Matthew Halls explore Bach’s spellbinding Goldberg Variations and his monumental St. Matthew Passion within the theme “The Power and the Passion.” Guest artists include pop orchestra Pink Martini, the Joe Powers Tango Quintet, and piano-playing siblings The 5 Browns. Bach’s towering Passion influences the Festival throughout. In his next-to-final season as artistic director,...


OBF 2012 schedule and brochure

  • Mar 2, 2012

Download printable PDF schedule (from OBF season brochure) Helmuth Rilling, artistic director and conductor. All information subject to change. Sunday July 15 3:00 pm Bach St. Matthew Passion Helmuth Rilling, conductor (Silva Concert Hall)


Gold Tickets 2012 now on sale

  • Feb 10, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6728" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Helmuth Rilling conducts Mendelssohn, Bach motets, and the St. Matthew Passion. Photo: Michael Latz"][/caption] [Please note: Gold Ticket sales ended March 28, 2012] Gold Tickets, season passes to all Eugene concerts for the 2012 Oregon Bach Festival, are now on sale online or by mail. Gold Ticket holders receive first preference for the 2012 Festival's best seating. Other benefits include admission to all ticketed Eugene events with the same seats for each concert, free parking passes in the Hult Center garage, and the option to transfer tickets to friends. This year’s Gold Ticket holders have an...


Joshua Bell headlines Festival opener

  • Jan 22, 2012

Superstar violinist Joshua Bell will be featured when the 2012 Oregon Bach Festival opens Friday, June 29 in Eugene and June 30 in Portland with three masterworks by Felix Mendelssohn. Helmuth Rilling, in his 42nd and penultimate year as artistic director, conducts both concerts. Bell’s OBF debut was announced at the January 22 annual meeting of the Friends of the Festival. The Festival also announced a return of Juilliard-trained, piano-playing siblings The 5 Browns, headlining a July 12 musical tribute to Hollywood in Eugene’s Silva Concert Hall. Bell and the Browns join a lineup that already includes harpsichordist/conductor Matthew Halls, keyboardist...