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Tix now on sale for Portland, Bend, Ashland

  • Mar 25, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3844" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Soprano Golda Schultz is featured as the lead in Dido and Aeneas in Portland, Bend, Ashland, and Eugene"][/caption] Tickets are now on sale for Oregon Bach Festival concerts in Ashland, Bend, and Portland, Oregon. In Portland, the OBF presents a five-concert mini-festival June 27-July 9 that highlights four different choral groups and concludes with Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No. 9. The schedule includes: Monday, June 27: Portland Baroque Orchestra with violinist Monica Huggett, chorus, and soloists performing Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and two works by Benjamin Britten (First United Methodist Church) Thursday, June 30: the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy offering...

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Czech quartet, Dvorak close CMB season

  • Mar 24, 2011

The peaceful town of Spillville, Iowa, population 386, prides itself on the Bily Clocks museum and on being the birthplace of one of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s most famous works—the String Quartet in F, known as the American. Composed during the composer’s Iowa summer sojourn in 1893, the American can be heard in authentic fashion—by a band of Czech musicians on American turf—when the Pavel Haas Quartet performs for ChamberMusic@Beall Sunday, April 10 at 3 pm. [caption id="attachment_3870" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Photo: Marco Borggreve"][/caption] The group clearly knows how to get to the heart of this music. Spotlighted as a "Disc of the Month"...

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Rilling wins Karajan Prize

  • Mar 11, 2011

Helmuth Rilling, artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival at the University of Oregon, has been awarded the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize. The annual award is presented to an outstanding international musician by the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Germany’s largest concert hall. Named for the iconic Austrian conductor, the honor includes a 50,000 Euro cash prize for the recipient to help further the careers of young musicians. First presented in 2003 to German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, its winners have included the Berlin Philharmonic, Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin, and conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim. "He is an outstanding personality of the international music scene and a...

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Wanted: high school singers

  • Feb 10, 2011

Auditions for the Oregon Bach Festival's high school choral program will conclude April 9. Registration is still open for several of the sites, and recorded auditions are still being accepted. The Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy is an innovative ten-day experience in which young singers study and rehearse in an intensive professional atmosphere under the guidance of Anton Armstrong and other Festival artists. SFYCA participants must be in their freshman through senior year in high school. Participants may sign up for a live audition or send in a recorded CD, and will need to submit a letter of recommendation from their high...

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OBF 2011 concert schedule

  • Feb 4, 2011

(Updated April 15) The Oregon Bach Festival's 2011 summer concert schedule. All concerts in eugene unless noted in the title. Helmuth Rilling returns as artistic director, conducting the Brahms Requiem, Bach cantatas, and for the first time in his 41 Festival seasons, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Download print schedule Wednesday June 22 6:30 PM    KLCC Broadcast: Caminos Del Inka (KLCC-89.7 FM) Thursday June 23 6:30 PM    Inside Line (Soreng) 7:30 PM    Bach, Golijov, and Yo-Yo Ma (Silva) Friday June 24 12 PM    Let's Talk: Meet Miguel Harth-Bedoya (The Studio) 4:30 PM    Discovery Series: Bach Magnificat (Beall) 7:30 PM    Caminos del Inka (Soreng) Saturday June 25 11 AM    OBF Kids: Travel the Inca Road...

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Master Class accepts applications

  • Feb 1, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2675" align="alignright" width="178" caption="Matthew Halls of the UK is a guest master teacher."][/caption] Applications are now being accepted for the Oregon Bach Festival’s Master Class in Choral Orchestral Conducting. The class takes place June 21-July 10 in Eugene, Oregon and centers on the Magnificat and the St. Michael and Reformation cantatas of J.S. Bach. At the heart of the Festival since the early 1970s, the master class is a 20-day immersion into the craft of conducting. Participants attend seminars in such areas as conducting technique, score study, and style and interpretation. They refine their technique in rehearsals under the tutelage of...

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OBF wins Portland Music Award

  • Feb 1, 2011

At the fourth annual Portland Music Awards Friday, January 28th, the Oregon Bach Festival took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Classical Music. John Evans, OBF executive director and president, accepted the award from actor Daniel Baldwin. “This is a great city for music and the arts,” said Evans, on the stage of the packed Crystal Ballroom, “and we were honored to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award, alongside such distinguished colleagues.  And it’s all the more gratifying, given that the Bach Festival, despite its forty-year history on the international scene, has only established itself in the Portland market...