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...


Choral Teachers! Deadline extended

  • May 15, 2011

Attention Choral Music Teachers! We've extended the deadline to June 3 for you to register for a summer experience that will recharge your skills and delight your senses: It's the Choral Teachers Workshop at the Oregon Bach Festival, June 24-27. During four full days of seminars, rehearsals, classes and concerts, you will... See first hand the techniques of conductor Anton Armstrong to voice and quickly prepare the singers of the Festival's heralded Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. Participate in the SFYCA BodySinging and Vocal Tech classes, warm-ups, and rehearsals with Armstrong and OBF maestro Helmuth Rilling. Be inspired by Maria Guinand, known worldwide as choral...


2011 Festival celebrates women, the Americas

  • May 15, 2011

The themes In Praise of Women, Music of the Americas, and Masterworks encompass the OBF concert programs June 23-July 10 in Eugene, Ashland, Bend, and Portland. Tickets are now on sale. Helmuth Rilling returns as artistic director for the Festival’s 41st anniversary season, leading performances of the Brahms Requiem June 26 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Portland July 9 and Eugene July 10. The headliners include: Yo-Yo Ma, as soloist in Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul, a showcase for cello written for the classical superstar. Jeffrey Kahane conducts this opening night concert Thursday, June 23, which also includes Bach’s Magnificat. Marin Alsop premieres a dramatically imagined...


Overture opens new Bach blog

  • May 4, 2011

For a slightly askew view of the Oregon Bach Festival and its 2011 program, check out our new blog, "Ahh, Bach..." Inspired by the M.A.S.H. episode where Radar O' Reilly tries to impress a date with his knowledge of classical music, this weekly post will focus on the ephemera, the tangential relationships and the quirky pop culture tie-ins that connect great art with everyday lives. The series starts Wednesday, May 4 and returns with a new post each week through June 8.

Bach and OBF featured in Symphony magazine

  • Apr 26, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4103" align="alignleft" width="480" caption="First pages of the Bach festival feature in the spring Symphony magazine"][/caption] What is so unique about Bach festivals that has encouraged musicians and audiences to continue to flock to them, even through economic recession? Their community connection and many other factors are investigated in the spring edition of Symphony, the magazine of the League of American Orchestras. In the spotlight right in the middle of the magazine is Back to Bach, a six-page spread by Melinda Bargreen. It features quotes by OBF's Helmuth Rilling and John Evans, and a stunning photo of the Hult Center lobby by...

Standing ovations for 'Messiah' and Rilling

  • Apr 21, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4065" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Photo: Michael Latz"][/caption] Helmuth Rilling, the Oregon Bach Festival's artistic director and principal conductor, made his Dallas debut this past weekend, leading the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in four delightful performances of Handel's 'Messiah.' Although the piece is usually associated with Christmas, it was composed as an Easter oratorio, making it even more appropriate for this Easter season. Joining him on stage was another OBF artist, soprano Robin Johannsen. She will perform at this year's Festival in several performances, including the June 23 opening night concert with Yo-Yo Ma and the six-part concert/lecture Discovery Series. Thursday night's full...


Cantata concert schedule changed

  • Apr 13, 2011

Schedule changes have been made to the cantatas conducted by Helmuth Rilling in the Discovery Series. The revised schedule groups Bach's St. Michael cantatas and Reformation cantatas on successive concerts. BWV 50 has been moved to the June 29 program with BWV 130. Cantata BWV 149 has been moved from July 8 to July 1, with BWV 79 moved to July 8. See our Discovery Series page to review the overall schedule and read capsule descriptions of each cantata.