Chamber series views 'International Horizons'

  • Sep 7, 2011

From Berlin to Salzburg, from Paris to the American shores, artists in the ChamberMusic@Beall series journey from around the world to perform in the refined acoustics of Beall Concert Hall. While the concerts offer a wide range of instrumentation and repertoire, the excellence of these extraordinary artists never varies. A joint presentation of the Oregon Bach Festival and the UO School of Music and Dance, the six-concert series takes place October 23-March 4. Firmly rooted in one of the great classical music traditions, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (October 23) will astonish you with their range of expression and tonal...


OBF Names Halls as Artistic Director

  • Aug 24, 2011

Eugene, Oregon—The Oregon Bach Festival announced today the appointment of 35-year-old British conductor and keyboardist Matthew Halls as its next artistic director. Halls will assume artistic leadership after the 2013 season, succeeding Helmuth Rilling, the founding artistic director from Stuttgart who will remain with the University of Oregon event as director emeritus. In his announcement, John Evans, OBF president and executive director, said that Halls was the ideal candidate at the right time. [caption id="attachment_5919" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Photo: Steven Page"][/caption] “In Matthew, we found a candidate who has it all,” said Evans, “a range of repertoire well-matched to the programming...


Festival finishes on record note

  • Jul 20, 2011

[caption id="attachment_5673" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Helmuth Rilling backstage in Silva Hall, moments before conducting Beethoven's 9th in the final OBF 2011 concert. Photo: Jon Meyers"][/caption] Updated July 13, 2011 As Beethoven's Ninth Symphony roared to a close on Sunday July 10, the Oregon Bach Festival could look back on a season in which it reached artistic heights, debuted new projects, and set new box office records for ticket sales, total attendance, and geographic reach. Gate receipts for the University of Oregon program totaled more than $541,000, the third box office record in four years, up 3.7% from 2010, and an increase...

2011 Concert review digest

  • Jul 20, 2011

Updated: July 20, 2011 Here's an index of reviews of OBF 2011 concerts. Read the reviews in full with images in the OBF press room or follow the links below to access their original web pages. Bach, Golijov, and Yo-Yo Ma Season opener rises to occasion Register Guard - June 27 Caminos del Inka Caminos del Inka offers trek through musical landscape Register Guard - June 27 Schola Cantorum de Venezuela Virtuosic Latin choir packs UO Beall Hall Register Guard - June 29 Dido and Aeneas-Portland Purcell's opera and two works by Britten receive outstanding performances Oregon Music News -...

Fulfillment reached in finale of the Ninth

  • Jul 13, 2011

[caption id="attachment_5833" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Helmuth Rilling, Tamara Wilson, Anja Schlosser, Tom Cooley, Christopheren Nomura"][/caption] From the Eugene Register-Guard Wednesday, July 13 By John Farnworth The Oregon Bach Festival’s 42nd season closed on Sunday afternoon in the Hult Center’s Silva Hall with a stirring performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Major, the “Choral Symphony,” conducted by the festival’s founding artistic director, Helmuth Rilling. Expectations ran high that this was to be an exciting and memorable event. So it was a disappointment to me that the first movement, Allegro ma non troppo, although technically well played, lacked the...


Wosner makes big impression

  • Jul 10, 2011

From the Eugene Register-Guard Monday July 11 By Terry Mcquilkin Every once in a while, one is lucky enough to attend a concert in which intelligent programing and brilliant music-­making combine in such a way that the event remains in memory months later. It’s been several hours — not months — since I attended Shai Wosner’s recital of solo piano works. But I’m reasonably certain that the impact on those of us in attendance at Friday evening’s Oregon Bach Festival concert in Beall Hall will last quite a while. After striding on stage and bowing briefly, Wosner launched into George...


Festival sings musical praises of St. Cecilia

  • Jul 9, 2011

From the Eugene Register-Guard Sunday, July 10 By Marilyn Farwell History and legend tell us that women who want to be famous ought to consider martyrdom. St. Cecilia was the last of three women to be honored under the Oregon Bach Festival’s theme this year, “In Praise of Women.” Like the others — Dido and Joan of Arc — she gained her fame by dying: Dido for love, Joan for her country, and Cecilia in the second century for her Christian beliefs. For vague reasons, she became the patron saint of music in the Renaissance. The festival presented a concert...