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On air and in print: Dido and Aeneas

  • Jun 26, 2011

Violinist Monica Huggett, director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra, calls Dido and Aeneas "one of the greatest works by an English composer," and explains why she has chosen to perform modern works by Benjamin Britten on gut strings in an interview with All-Classical's northwest previews. The program is available via streaming audio thru June 30. Huggett leads the Oregon Bach Festival's four-concert tour of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with her PBO ensemble, chorus and soloists June 27-30 in Portland, Bend, and Eugene. Listen to the All Classical interview: Visit http://player.abacast.com/allclassical/allclassical.html At upper right, click “On-Demand” Under “Current Episodes” select Northwest Previews Monica and the PBO...

Pepsi, Stangelands receive top Fest honors

  • Jun 26, 2011

[caption id="attachment_5539" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Andy Moore and Helmuth Rilling"][/caption] Families familiar to the Oregon Bach Festival received high honors during the June 26 Patron Celebration. Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Eugene received the Oregon Bach Festival’s Silver Baton award, which acknowledges outstanding support and commitment, recognizing corporations and foundations whose cumulative support over time exceeds $100,000. Under the longtime guidance of the Moore family and the current leadership of Andy Moore and Eric Forrest, Pepsi-Cola Bottling has sponsored major OBF concerts and provided significant in-kind support for two decades. Helmuth Rilling presented the silver baton to Andy Moore, who noted that his parents had the vision...

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Season opener rises to occasion

  • Jun 26, 2011

From the Register-Guard Monday June 27, 2011 By Mark Samples Though disparate in style and period, the program of the Oregon Bach Festival’s 2011 season opener cast an inspiring picture of the far-reaching and diverse aims of the festival. It began with two Bach masterworks and concluded with “Azul,” a magnificent 21st century cello concerto featuring Yo-Yo Ma. Jeffrey Kahane expertly directed all three works, showing the impressive versatility and artistry for which he is so beloved by festivalgoers. Opening with a piece as frequently played as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 can be dangerous, but the orchestra was light on its feet, and...

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Ticket update: Schola, Dido in Eugene sold out

  • Jun 25, 2011

[caption id="attachment_5301" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Monica Huggett and PBO, sold out in Eugene, but tickets available in Portland, Bend, Ashland."][/caption] The Festival launched its opening weekend with sold out performances on its first two nights, and now adds to the list two more sell outs:  tonight's performance of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela in Beall Hall, and the June 30 Dido and Aeneas concert in Eugene with Monica Huggett and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. If you had hoped to catch those concerts, there's still good news, if you're up for a drive: tickets are available for the July 6 performance by the Schola Cantorum...

Americas, Bach film, Brahms classic highlight opening

  • Jun 23, 2011

[caption id="attachment_5263" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Jeffrey Kahane conducts a rehearsal for opening night"][/caption] In the opening days of the 2011 Oregon Bach Festival, audiences can journey through impressions of South America, be inspired by one of the great choral masterworks, and enjoy some of the best of Bach. Tonight’s opening concert heralds the arrival of the 42nd Festival with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and the celebratory strains of the Magnificat. The music then travels through the evocative worlds of composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul with guest artist Yo-Yo Ma, all under the direction of Jeffrey Kahane, one of two possible candidates as the...

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Printed Texts and Translations now by download

  • Jun 22, 2011

With recent upgrades to the viewing system in Beall Concert Hall, the Oregon Bach Festival now projects supertitles for most of the foreign language choral/vocal works in its concerts. By no longer printing text booklets, the OBF will save paper and resource costs. Audience members may elect to download their own copies of the texts for applicable concerts through a page on oregonbachfestival.com. In some cases, the texts can be viewed directly on the screen of a mobile device. Projected supertitles over the stage allow audiences to read the words while they see the performance unfold in front of them. With the concert...

New York mezzo steps up and into Dido role

  • Jun 21, 2011

The Oregon Bach Festival regrets to announce that soprano Golda Schultz is indisposed and will not appear in the title role of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, scheduled for a four-concert tour June 27-30. The Festival is extremely grateful to New York-based mezzo-soprano Leah Wool, who will take over the role of Dido. Wool arrives in Portland June 22 for the start of rehearsals with Monica Huggett, PBO director. Within the last two opera seasons Wool has sung leading roles with Gotham Chamber Opera, Utah Opera, Boston Baroque, and The Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall in...