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Chuang-Levin Duo provide a Valentine's Day treat

  • Jan 21, 2010

This February 14th at 3pm, ChamberMusic@Beall presents a Valentine's Day gift to piano lovers, delightful music from the renowned Chuang-Levin Duo. Favorites of Oregon Bach Festival audiences, the husband and wife virtuoso-team of Ya-Fei Chuang and Robert Levin astound with their individual mastery and, as a duo, with the sensitivity of their musical dialogues. Chuang first performed on television in her native Taiwan at the age of eight. Levin is renowned for his ability to improvise and embellish cadenzas in the style of Mozart and Beethoven. As soloists, they regularly appear in the world's great concert halls. They return to Eugene for a...

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Auditions now thru March 17 for choral academy

  • Jan 20, 2010

Attention high school choral singers! If you want the time of your life, sign up now to try out for the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. The 80+ voice high school choir is open nationally to students who will be enrolled in high school in September 2010. Live auditions take place through March 17 at sites in Portland, Salem, Eugene, Medford, and Bend, Oregon. Recorded auditions can be submitted anytime now through March 16. The SFYCA program includes seminars and rehearsals with staff and faculty including Anton Armstrong, Helmuth Rilling, and Bobby McFerrin. Participants attend Oregon Bach Festival concerts and perform in...

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Trio Con Brio kicks off winter chamber series

  • Jan 12, 2010

The winter series of ChamberMusic@Beall begins this Sunday, January 17th at 3 pm with the captivating Trio Con Brio. Trio con Brio Copenhagen—the Korean sisters Soo-Jin Hong (violin) and Soo-Kyung Hong (cello) and the Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer—cast a spell over audiences with their sparkling musical dialogues accented by a commanding range of timbres, expression, and emotion. "Accomplished, sensitive musicians" (New York Times) and "greatly gifted" (Gramophone) they've won a slew of international prizes, including the 2005 Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award. Their Beall Hall program exemplifies their range and capabilities, anchored by Ravel's ravishing Trio—a technical masterpiece—and including a dramatic trio...

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Pink Martini, "Bach in Havana" spice OBF lineup

  • Dec 8, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2771" align="alignright" width="200" caption="China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini"][/caption]Pink Martini, the Portland party band beloved around the world, adds its cosmopolitan flair to the Oregon Bach Festival’s 40th anniversary lineup, performing Saturday June 26 at the Hult Center, its first concert appearance in Eugene since 2006. "Hey Eugene," said John Evans, OBF executive director, echoing the title of the band’s 2007 CD to an audience at the Friends of the Festival annual meeting. “We’re delighted to bring Pink Martini back to town. They typically are on the road in summer, but they were eager to participate in an...

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Rilling leads broadcasts of Sandstrom, Handel Messiahs

  • Dec 8, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2800" align="alignright" width="186" caption="Composer Sven-David Sandstrom on the Hult Center stage after the premiere of his Messiah. (Jon Meyers)"][/caption]'Tis the season for Messiah, and two special performances conducted by Helmuth Rilling are among those on the airwaves before the Christmas holiday. KWAX will broadcast the July 9, 2009 world premiere of the new Messiah by Sven-David Sandström Saturday, December 19 at 5 pm Pacific Time. Captured live for broadcast, Sandström's work was the artistic triumph of the 2009 Oregon Bach Festival, commissioned by the OBF and Bachakademie Stuttgart, conducted by Helmuth Rilling, and resulting in an instant and emotional ovation for the...

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Conducting Master Class explores B Minor Mass

  • Dec 4, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2774" align="alignright" width="217" caption="Master teacher Helmuth Rilling guides conductors as they prepare Discovery Series concerts"][/caption]For the first time in OBF history, Bach's monumental B Minor Mass will be the focus of the OBF conducting master class. Conductors who have taken the class, and audiences who have watched those students step up to the podium in Discovery Series performances, know that the master class is the very heart of the festival, where music, meaning, teaching, and performance intersect, enlightening audiences and inspiring emerging conductors. In our 40th anniversary, conductors and audiences will explore Bach's crowning masterwork, guided by one of the...

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Rilling, Messiah, and Christmas in New York

  • Nov 23, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2802" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Helmuth Rilling"][/caption]Helmuth Rilling and his Stuttgart choir will celebrate the holidays with Handel and the New York Philharmonic as the OBF artistic director conducts five performances of Messiah Dec. 15-19. Helmuth conducts the Gachinger Kantorei and the NY Phil with soloists Annette Dash, Daniel Taylor, James Taylor, and Shenyang in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Members of the OBF Conductor’s Society and friends of the University of Oregon will be in the house for the final concert Saturday, Dec. 19, capping a weekend of music and fun in the Big Apple. If you’re in the city, make plans...