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Remembering Peter Hopkins

  • Nov 4, 2016

“It is the special province of music to move the heart.” –Johann Sebastian Bach   Remembering Peter For over thirty years, Peter Hopkins was an institution at Oregon Bach Festival, serving as a singer, chorus master, keyboardist, vocal coach, and staff member. He was a brilliant and versatile musician, who moved effortlessly from the ensemble to the keyboard to the podium – a man of incredible talent, keen intellect, great humanity, quick wit, and generosity of spirit. Peter’s wife Paula Romanaux shared that “OBF was at the center of Peter's life's education, friendships, and his inspiration” and that he offered “his complete appreciation and thanksgiving to Helmuth Rilling for imparting...

2017 Berwick Academy Guest Directors Announced!

  • Oct 12, 2016

The Berwick Academy is excited to announce the guest directors for the 2017 season, violinist, Monica Huggett, and harpsichordist, Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Each will conduct and perform on concerts with Academy musicians featuring music of the Baroque era. Monica Huggett is well-known to OBF audiences for her previous work with the Berwick Academy, beginning with its inaugural season in 2015. She is a frequent guest director and soloist around the world, including engagements with Arion Baroque Orchestra (Montréal), Tafelmusik (Toronto), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco), Columbus Symphony, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Seville Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, and the City...

Auditions Open for the 2017 Berwick Academy!

  • Sep 27, 2016

The Berwick Academy of Oregon Bach Festival is now accepting auditions for the 2017 season! Application deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2016Program dates: June 25 to July 13, 2017 The Berwick Academy brings together graduate students and young professionals for advanced training in historic performance with major international performers for three weeks of coaching, rehearsals, and performances during the Oregon Bach Festival. Visit the Academy web pages for more information. The Berwick Academy is one of the few educational performance opportunities in the US that exclusively features period performance. Faculty and directors are all top performers and educators in the field. Students will get unparalleled experience by working...

A Celebration of Strings | CM@ B 16-17

  • Aug 15, 2016

The 2016-17 Chamber Music @ Beall concert series is a true celebration of strings this year with six dazzling performances planned. The season runs October 2016 – March 2017 and features phenomenal musicians from all over the world. Emerson String Quartet - Oct 2, 2016 | 3pm One of the world’s most sought-after string quartets, the Emersons will open the season with works by Ravel, Grieg, and Debussy. Russian String Orchestra - Oct 23, 2016 | 3pm Boasting some of Russia’s great classical musicians, Russian String Orchestra brings to life an all-Viennese program featuring Mozart, Schoenberg, and Schubert. Ching-Yun Hu, Piano - Nov 20, 2016 | 3pm With...

Berwick Hall Construction Underway

  • Aug 4, 2016

Berwick Hall construction is underway after breaking ground just before the beginning of the 2016 Festival season. We’ll be posting regular updates to Facebook and Twitter. As well as updating our Berwick Hall page.

Check out footage of the parking lot demolition. Thanks to the UO SoMD for the video!

Digging for the foundation has just begun and construction will continue throughout the 2016, with a projected completion date of Summer 2017.

 

Rehearsal: Bach's Mass in B Minor

  • Jun 24, 2016

Voices sound like an angel's chorus. Instruments blend into a harmony as each artist lends their voice to the incredible rising sound. This is my first season at OBF, first rehearsal I've attended, first choral performance. In my childhood, I was a band kid, my college years and after, a classically trained ballerina. I'm no stranger to the arts but this is new. It also feels a bit like a well-worn hat. There's that all too familiar tug of togetherness and pride that wells up when artists work together to create something bigger than themselves. The idea that individual, unique, astounding voices...

2016 Fundraising Gala!

  • May 27, 2016

The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Festival invites you to an elegant evening of food, music, and celebration at The Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 followed by dinner, a live auction, and some surprises to keep you and your guests on their toes as Oregon Bach Festival raises money to support its important education and performance programming in the Eugene community. The live auction will feature packages including… A week in Provence Private jet to San Francisco for a weekend Midsummer Garden Party VIP athletics package A week in Sunriver Exclusive wine package Backstage in New York City Pre-crush...