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Rilling transition targeted for 2013

  • Jun 16, 2011

EUGENE - The Oregon Bach Festival has announced that Helmuth Rilling, its co-founder and artistic director, will transition into the role of Director Emeritus following the 2013 Festival. OBF Executive Director and President John Evans confirmed the 2013 date after meetings with Rilling earlier this spring. Evans said the succession plan and timeline, which began in spring of 2010, were designed to allow for the OBF's 40th anniversary celebrations, to schedule conducting candidates to perform at the Festival over the next three years, and for Festival audiences to experience Rilling's signature works with him during the coming seasons. The process began in...

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Key concerts honor female icons, artists

  • Jun 12, 2011

An ancient queen. A medieval warrior. A virgin martyr. Three iconic figures embedded in our culture and our consciousness, these historical heroines have inspired stories throughout the ages, and they play starring roles in this year’s Oregon Bach Festival, from the queen in Dido and Aeneas, to Joan of Arc at the Stake, and an evening of odes to the martyred St. Cecilia. The music invites us to contemplate the fate of these courageous women—and how times have changed for the real-life women who dare to take the lead today in the field of music. Dido and Aenaeas Portland Baroque Ensemble with...

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Fateful lovers in Bend: Dido and Aeneas

  • Jun 9, 2011

[caption id="attachment_5038" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Golda Schultz sings the title role of Dido"][/caption] A mythic queen and her lover, entangled in the forces of fate, are the central figures in “Dido and Aeneas” presented in concert by Portland Baroque Orchestra with choir and soloists Tuesday June 28, 2011 at the Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon. The concert is a presentation of the Oregon Bach Festival. The best-known work of 17th century composer Henry Purcell, the opera was chosen as a reflection of the Oregon Bach Festival’s main programming theme, “In Praise of Women.” Dido founded the city of Carthage on the North African...

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Sold out: Yo-Yo Ma and Caminos 6/24

  • Jun 6, 2011

Updates: Both the Thursday, June 23 opening night concert with Yo-Yo Ma conducted by Jeffrey Kahane and the Friday, June 24 concert with Caminos del Inka and Miguel Harth-Bedoya are sold out. Tickets are still available for the Friday, June 24 Discovery lecture concert of Bach's Magnificat conducted by Kahane; the Saturday, June 25 OBF Kids concert by Caminos del Inka; and the Tuesday, June 28 chamber music concert conducted by Harth-Bedoya.

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PDX mini-fest a choral bonanza

  • May 31, 2011

From the sultry sounds of Venezuela to the glorious finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Oregon Bach Festival’s 2011 Portland concert series encompasses a wide range of choral music and reflects each of the Festival’s three main programming themes—In Praise of Women, Masterworks and the Bach legacy, and Music of the Americas. Tickets are on sale now for the five-concert series, which takes place June 27-July 9 in First United Methodist Church, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Portland series is one part of the larger Oregon Bach Festival, the University of Oregon program which will produce nearly...

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Cellos, choirs, conversations: OBF free events

  • May 20, 2011

As part of this summer's Oregon Bach Festival, 17 free events—from concerts to lectures, cellos to choirs—will be presented in Eugene and Portland. These events are drawn from the many facets of music in community and our lives and provide opportunities to learn more about this year's Festival music and musicians. [caption id="attachment_4101" align="alignright" width="240" caption="The Portland Cello Project presents a free concert at the Hult Center on Monday June 27 at 1pm"][/caption] On the House - concerts (all 1pm in Hult Center Lobby) PICCFEST Choirs (Saturday 6/25) Portland Cello Project (Monday 6/27) SFYCA soloists (Friday 7/1) Idit Shner and Friends (Saturday 7/2) Let's Talk - meet...

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NEA awards grant to OBF Dido tour

  • May 17, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4722" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Monica Huggett, by Hiroshi Iwaya"][/caption] The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Oregon Bach Festival a grant of $15,000 to support a four-concert tour of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas by the Portland Baroque Orchestra, chorus, and soloists. The Festival is one of two University of Oregon entities and 1,145 not-for-profit organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency’s second round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute more than $88 million to support projects nationwide. “This is great news,” said John Evans, OBF executive director and president. “We’ve...