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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...

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New members approved for OBF Friends board

  • Jan 22, 2012

New officers and five new members were elected for their first term to the board of directors of the Friends of the Oregon Bach Festival during the organization’s annual meeting Sunday, January 22. The slate of officers elected at the meeting were Dave Frosaker, Senior Regional Trust Manager for Wells Fargo Bank, board chair; Don Harris, Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer for the University of Oregon, vice chair; Mary Miller, retired banker and community volunteer, secretary, who was also elected to a second board term. Jim Giustina has joined the executive committee as a board member at-large. New members...

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CMB welcomes Cypress Jan 22

  • Jan 6, 2012

ChamberMusic@Beall, a joint production of the OBF and UO School of Music and Dance, resumes its season Sunday, January 22, at 3 pm with the Cypress String Quartet, appearing with pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Tickets range from $17-$37, and the concert is part of the Hult Center’s $10 College Tix program. Known for their elegant performances, the Cypress String Quartet has been described as possessing “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion” by Gramophone, and their sound has been described as “beautifully proportioned and powerful” by The Washington Post. The concert program includes Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 4, “Sunrise”; Beethoven’s...

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St. Matthew: Master class deadline Feb 15

  • Dec 7, 2011

Audition applications are now being accepted for the Oregon Bach Festival Master Class in Conducting, June 28 - July 12, 2012 in Eugene. [caption id="attachment_6530" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Helmuth Rilling observes David Rentz during the 2011 class"][/caption] Up to 12 conducting participants will have the opportunity to prepare and conduct performances of Bach's St. Matthew Passion under the direction of master teacher Helmuth Rilling. Class participants will work with class co-directors Thomas Davies, Timothy Sawyer, and the OBF orchestra, chorus and soloists in two weeks of rehearsals and seminars, culminating in four public lecture-concerts of Bach's masterwork. As Helmuth Rilling nears...

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Piano prodigy performs in Chamber series

  • Nov 13, 2011

On Sunday, December 4, the Oregon Bach Festival and University of Oregon School of Music and Dance are pleased to welcome 17-year-old piano prodigy Conrad Tao, who will perform in a solo piano concert at 3 p.m. in Beall Concert Hall on the UO campus, 961 E. 18th Ave. Doctoral candidate Thérèse Hurley will give a pre-concert talk at 2:10 p.m. Repertoire for the concert will include Bach’s Italian Concerto in F Major; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31, Op. 110 in A-flat Major; Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka; and two works by Liszt: Années de pèlerinage—Suisse and Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert....

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Berlin Philharmonic Quintet launches CMB Oct 23

  • Oct 15, 2011

In the opening concert of the Chamber Music@Beall series, listeners will have the opportunity to hear rarely-performed music from an ensemble with a long-established pedigree. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is the first permanent wind quintet in the famous orchestra’s rich chamber music tradition. Founded in 1988 during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the ensemble has thrived under the productive and influential leadership of the orchestra’s most recent music directors, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. Its five players (four of whom are original members) regularly astonish audiences with their range of expression, tonal spectrum, and virtuosity. It’s uncommon...

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OBF exec elected to regional, national arts boards

  • Sep 28, 2011

Oregon Bach Festival President and Executive Director John Evans has been elected to the boards of Chorus America and All Classical Public Media. Chorus America serves more than 1,600 choruses, individuals, and businesses in the U.S. and Canada, providing information, research, leadership development, professional training, and advocacy to help them deliver the best possible contributions to their communities and to the choral art. Its 30 board members represent choruses, funders, universities, and business from across North America. All Classical Public Media operates All Classical 89.9 FM, a nonprofit station with listeners across Oregon and Washington and worldwide over the internet....