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Harlem Quartet features Met clarinetist

  • Oct 18, 2010

A trailblazing quartet and an in-demand clarinetist illustrate ChamberMusic@Beall’s “String Quartets Plus” theme in the November 7 series concert. The Harlem Quartet, composed of first-place Laureates of the Sphinx Competition, and clarinetist Anthony McGill, who performed for President Obama’s inauguration, take the stage at 3 pm in Beall Concert Hall. The Harlem Quartet made their acclaimed debut in the fall of 2006 at the Sphinx Organization’s Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall, earning rave reviews from The New York Times, later appearing at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. In addition to being avid chamber musicians, each member of the Harlem Quartet...

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String Quartets "plus" headline chamber series

  • Sep 27, 2010

A lineup of internationally-heralded string quartets - some with special guest stars - is the attraction for the 2010-2011 season of ChamberMusic@Beall. Under the banner "String Quartets Plus" the series begins October 17 with the Jerusalem Quartet. Beall Concert Hall on the UO campus is widely recognized for its beautiful acoustics. It's the perfect setting for the exquisite artists of the series, a joint presentation of the UO School of Music and Dance and the Oregon Bach Festival. All concerts take place Sunday afternoons at 3 pm, with a pre-concert "Musical insights" talk at 2:10 pm. The Jerusalem Quartet, hailed by The Strad...

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More success for Journeying Boy and OBF exec Evans

  • Sep 24, 2010

The book Journeying Boy continues to be a run-away success for OBF Executive Director John Evans. His scholarly edition of the early diaries of the British composer Benjamin Britten enters it third publication phase in October. The book (published by Faber & Faber in the UK) was launched in hardback in November 2009, to rave reviews, and sold out in just three months, prompting Faber to go straight into a paperback edition in the spring. Faber & Faber has now announced that next month Journeying Boy will be made available as an e-Book, marking its third publication format within the first...

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UO alums honored for endowment leadership

  • Aug 9, 2010

Andrew and Phyllis (Phyzz) Berwick, relative newcomers to the Oregon Bach Festival who have quickly become dedicated supporters, received the organization’s highest honor in a prelude to the Festival’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Jan Lariviere of the University of Oregon presented the Saltzman Award to the Berwicks during the Patron Celebration, held June 23, 2010 at the Valley River Inn. Named in honor of Royce Saltzman, founding executive director, the Saltzman Award is not an annual honor, but presented only to individuals who have shown exceptionally high levels of leadership and commitment to help the Festival achieve its mission. The Berwicks, both University of...

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OBF anniversary reaches record heights

  • Jul 14, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2692" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Helmuth Rilling congratulates soloist James Taylor at the conclusion of Elijah"][/caption]After a three-week revelry of concerts and events, the Oregon Bach Festival capped its 40th anniversary celebrations with a box office record. Finishing its concert schedule with the high drama of Mendelssohn’s masterwork Elijah, the University of Oregon program announced its highest-ever ticket sales of nearly $520,000, an increase of 18% from last summer and eclipsing its previous high, from the Olympic Trials year of 2008, by 3%. A total audience of more than 41,000 included ticket buyers from 32 states and five countries in Asia, Europe,...

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Elijah a fitting ending to memorable festival

  • Jul 13, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2778" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Helmuth Rilling and Thomas Quasthoff at the conclusion of Elijah"][/caption]From the Register-Guard This summer’s Oregon Bach Festival, which began two weeks ago with the operatic romanticism of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, ended Sunday afternoon at the Hult Center with another romantic era masterwork: Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” Under the leadership of Artistic Director Helmuth Rilling, this carefully paced, dramatic performance of the 1846 oratorio proved a satisfying and memorable festival closer. The soloists were excellent. Mezzo Roxana Constantinescu brought her operatic prowess to bear, as she delivered her arias with riveting passion and drama. Sounding utterly celestial when singing the part of...

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Transcendent Elijah with magnificent Quasthoff

  • Jul 10, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2782" align="alignright" width="219" caption="Helmuth Rilling leads while Thomas Quasthoff is immersed in the character of Elijah"][/caption]From Oregon Music News With Thomas Quasthoff delivering a consummate performance in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Oregon Bach Festival soloists, chorus, orchestra, and conductor Helmuth Rilling climbed the heights of Mount Horeb and beyond. Their inspiring collaboration at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Friday (July 9) brought alive the stories of the Old Testament in such a way that the drama became palpable. Yet, it was a shame that the audience barely filled half of the seats, because this was a performance for the ages. Quasthoff...