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OBF revises programs, artists for Kahane

  • Jul 3, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2698" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Shai Wosner replaces Jeffrey Kahane in a July 7 recital."][/caption] On July 1, the Oregon Bach Festival announced that Jeffrey Kahane, pianist and conductor, would need to withdraw from his participation in 2010 concerts. Quickly filling Kahane’s extensive role with four different performers, the OBF secured international conductor Nicholas McGegan, rising-star pianist Shai Wosner, and enlisted OBF 2010 guest artists Robert Levin and Monica Huggett for additional assignments. “We are fortunate that with the stature of the OBF and our relationships within the industry we were able to secure top-flight musicians for our audiences,” said John Evans, OBF...

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Tiempo Libre to light up the Hilton

  • Jul 3, 2010

Ready to rumba? Three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands performing today. The 2010 Oregon Bach Festival is bringing Tiempo Libre to Eugene on July 10, fresh from TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” for a sizzling dance party featuring the band’s high-energy brand of timba, an irresistible mix of Latin jazz and rhythmic Cuban son. The band plays an OBF Kids concert Saturday at 11 am ($5 tickets) and an over-21 dance concert at 8 pm ($24/$35). Both events are in the Eugene Hilton. All seven band members were born and raised in Cuba, where they studied classical...

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Free and family events for final week

  • Jul 2, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2701" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Jessie Marquez sings July 9 at 1 pm"][/caption]Here's a schedule of free and family events for the second week of the OBF

Tuesday, July 6

Bach and the Brain InChoir: Elijah Sing Along Intro to the Schumanns (UO School of Music)

Thursday, July 8

Meet OBF Founders Rilling and Saltzman (followed by a book signing with Sara Rilling)

Friday, July 9

On the House Jessie Marquez

Saturday, July 10

OBF Kids: Tiempo Libre ($5)

Sunday, July 11

Intro to Elijah

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Pianist duo just dazzling in playing Bach, Brahms

  • Jul 1, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2794" align="alignright" width="219" caption="Conductor Craig Hella Johnson leads the bows following Cantata BWV 34"][/caption]From the Register-Guard Over the years, J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms have become cozy partners on many an Oregon Bach Festival program. On Tuesday, they were joined again in a concert that included an early and a late Bach cantata and Brahms’ lovely “Liebeslieder Waltzes” and the always enjoyable “Hungarian Dances.” The dazzling piano duo of Ya-Fei Chuang and Robert Levin joined a reduced festival chorus and orchestra in a stimulating concert. Conductor Craig Hella Johnson, a former student at the festival and now a noted conductor, gave...

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Oregon Bach Festival soars with Requiem

  • Jun 30, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2796" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Helmuth Rilling conducts Tamara Wilson, Marietta Simpson, Yosep Kang, and Nathan Berg"][/caption]From Oregon Music News Helmuth Rilling and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Orchestra, and soloists delivered a stunningly beautiful and powerful performance of Verdi’s Requiem on Sunday afternoon (June 27) in Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Verdi’s operatic treatment of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass received the emotional weight and thrilling sonic quality that made this concert truly spectacular. Verdi completed the Requiem in 1974 in response to the death of the Italian novelist and poet Alessandro Manzoni, who Verdi greatly admired, but the work’s final section,...

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Soprano elevates Verdi's 'Requiem'

  • Jun 27, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2798" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Helmuth Rilling conducts Tamara Wilson, Marietta Simpson, Yosep Kang, and Nathan Berg"][/caption]From the Register-Guard The Oregon Bach Festival usually begins its fortnight of concerts with an epic choral work, and this year’s “Messa da Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi fits that description perfectly. Verdi-the-dramatist turned the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead into what many consider one of his most stirring operas. On Friday evening, Helmuth Rilling led the Oregon Bach Festival chorus and orchestra along with four soloists in a dramatically charged reading of this monumental score. The last minute inclusion of the luminous soprano Tamara Wilson and...

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40 years in one glorious night-the Anniversary Gala

  • Jun 27, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2707" align="alignright" width="192" caption="On July 3 the chorus and orchestra sing Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven."][/caption]On July 3 at 8 pm, the Oregon Bach Festival sums up its first forty years with a gala anniversary concert that features more than 200 musicians and a variety of music from Bach to Broadway. A multimedia history tour bridges the nine numbers of the program, with short videos reflecting on aspects of the Festival's history. Following the concert Trio Voronezh, which made its American debut at the 1996 OBF, performs for an open reception in the Hult Center lobby. Tickets for the celebratory event are $59-$15....