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B Minor Mass filmed for multimedia project

  • Jun 26, 2010

Camera crews on site at Beall Concert Hall will capture the Discovery Series for a new multimedia exploration of Bach’s B Minor Mass. The project will focus on Helmuth Rilling’s lecture demonstrations and master class rehearsals, augmented by interviews with Rilling as he discusses Bach’s masterwork. Another component is a series of interactive study guides developed by Tim Smith, a University of Oregon graduate and professor at Northern Arizona University who specializes in creative explorations of Bach’s music. To be filmed and edited by Pushplay Productions, the finished programs will be hosted on the OBF web site, a first step toward expanding the...

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Rilling, Requiem launch big anniversary year

  • Jun 25, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2711" align="alignright" width="175" caption="Helmuth Rilling conducts the Verdi Requiem June 25 and June 27"][/caption]Helmuth Rilling returns to Eugene forty years after the birth of the Oregon Bach Festival to lead one of the great all time choral works in an opening night performance: the Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi Friday, June 25 at 7:30 pm in Eugene's Hult Center. Rilling commands the OBF soloists, chorus and orchestra again Sunday June 27 when the Requiem is performed in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. But in Eugene, music fills the air even before the maestro's first downbeat. At 6:30 pm in the Inside...

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Festival Reaches, Surpasses $10 Mllion Goal

  • Jun 24, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2713" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Phyzz and Andy Berwick, Mary Ann Moore announce the major milestone."][/caption]On the eve of its 40th anniversary season, the Oregon Bach Festival reached another milestone—it reached and surpassed $10 million in cash and pledges towards its Saltzman Endowment. The University of Oregon program made the announcement on June 23 at its annual Patron Celebration two nights before the official start of its concert season. Current endowment cochairs Mary Ann Moore and Andy and Phyzz Berwick told the crowd of more than 500 in Eugene’s Valley River Inn that significant gifts within the last few months from Don...

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Bernstein on Broadway: Songs and family stories

  • Jun 24, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2715" align="alignright" width="203" caption="Leonard Bernstein"][/caption]What could be better than a night filled with the irresistible show tunes of Broadway composer/conductor, Leonard Bernstein? Now imagine pairing those catchy tunes with insider stories told by his daughter, Jamie Bernstein, who narrates the concert, giving us a rare peek into Bernstein’s life and work. In Bernstein on Broadway Jamie Bernstein takes us on a colorful tour of four of her father’s best-loved musicals—Candide, Our Town, Wonderful Town, and West Side Story—sharing personal anecdotes along the way. She even reads from letters between Bernstein and his wife, revealing the tumultuous twists and turns of...

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OBF honors Wells Fargo's long support

  • Jun 23, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2717" align="alignright" width="218" caption="Dave Frosaker, john Evans, and Helmuth Rilling enjoy the Silver Baton"][/caption]In honor of its 14 years of continuous support, Wells Fargo received the Oregon Bach Festival’s Silver Baton award Wednesday, June 23, at the festival’s season kickoff Patron Celebration in Eugene. The Silver Baton award acknowledges outstanding support and commitment, recognizing corporations and foundations whose cumulative support over time exceeds $100,000. The festival, a program of the University of Oregon, awards the Silver Baton only when entities reach the standard of giving. John Evans, OBF executive director and president, presented the award to Dave Frosaker of Eugene, a...

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Win the Pink Martini Quilt!

  • Jun 22, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2729" align="alignright" width="179" caption="Detail of one 'Pink Martini' quilt section, signed by bandleader Thomas M. Lauderdale."][/caption]Love Pink Martini? Buy a raffle ticket and take home the band members’ autographs inscribed on an art quilt with a song of its own. Corvallis fiber artist Karen Illman Miller designed the quilt she calls “Singing the Blues” to help mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Corvallis Youth Symphony in 2007 (Pink Martini had performed with the CYS the prior year). Youth Symphony supporters (and OBF patrons) Jane Huyer and Bob Smith won the quilt in a raffle. When they learned that Pink Martini would...

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OBF Kids: rhythm's the key!

  • Jun 22, 2010

From the Latin pulse of West Side Story to the Cuban sounds of Miami-based Tiempo Libre, the two 11 a.m. Saturday concerts of our OBF Kids series will spark the interest of audiences of all ages while immersing children in a multicultural mix of languages, melodies and rhythms. On Saturday, June 26 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, families are invited to join Jamie Bernstein for “The Bernstein Beat,” an hour-long journey into the music of her father, composer Leonard Bernstein. Jamie, a dynamic and natural teacher, will sample her father’s Broadway favorites, including West Side Story,...