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...


Short audio preview of REBEL and Spanish baroque

  • Nov 19, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2865" align="alignright" width="165" caption="Richard Savino is featured November 22"][/caption]This is a sample from one work on Sunday's ChamberMusic@Beall program. It was recorded by Richard Savino, (Sunday's guest guitarist) with is group El Mundo. Audio preview: Antonio de Salazar, Tarara qui yo soy Anton For more information please see the ChamberMusic@Beall website. Tickets are available here or at the Hult Center.


Reviews and coverage for OBF exec's new book

  • Nov 4, 2009

Here are links to press coverage for the new volume of Benjamin Britten diaries edited by the OBF's John Evans. 1. Advance coverage in the Guardian UK (October 31) 2. Literary Review. "I can think of few other books that have given a more refreshing and enlightening picture of a personality one already thought familiar. Britten’s youthful character leaps off every page, and one feels the whole milieu of artistic and musical London in the 1930s. it is just not a self-portrait of the composer as a young man, but a fascinating glimpse at an all-too-brief period of exciting discovery and innovation" —Patrick...


Ensemble Rebel creates echoes of Spain Nov 22

  • Nov 4, 2009

On Sunday, November 22nd the New York-based baroque ensemble REBEL will be making their first appearance in Eugene, providing a free-thinking approach to the Baroque style. The program will demonstrate the close cultural connections between Spain and its colonial lands in Latin America and Italy. The dance rhythms and occasional use of native languages provide an example of the relationship between European and indigenous cultures. The performance will be at Beall Hall at 3:00pm and tickets are $40, $35, $30, and $20. Since 1991 REBEL has earned an impressive international reputation, enchanting diverse audiences by their flamboyant style and their virtuosic, highly...


Raves continue for book of Britten diaries edited by Bach Fest exec

  • Nov 3, 2009

John Evans may be the executive director of the Oregon Bach Festival, but he’s an academic specialist in the life of another composer, Benjamin Britten. Evans is the editor of the new volume Journeying Boy: The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten, released in the United Kingdom by Faber & Faber and that has achieved critical acclaim. Journeying Boy is available in hardcover and paperback editions through faber.co.uk; and in the US via Amazon.com. The Literary Review calls it a "refreshing and enlightening" picture of the artist. The book has also been featured in the UK Guardian and on the BBC radio...


Interview: Corina Belcea on KWAX

  • Oct 21, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2811" align="alignright" width="146" caption="Corina Belcea-Fischer"][/caption]On Sunday, hear one of the most acclaimed of the new generation of string quartets when the Belcea String Quartet performs in Beall Concert Hall. Their program includes two great, classic quartets, Mozart's "Dissonance" quartet and Beethoven's Op.18, No.6, as well as a rarely heard gem from Benjamin Britten. Hear the group's leader, Corina Belcea-Fisher, discuss her thoughts on these works in an excerpt from her exclusive Oct 9 interview with Caitriona Bolster on KWAX-FM.


Belcea Offers Mozart, Britten, Beethoven Oct 25

  • Oct 5, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2816" align="alignright" width="217" caption="The Belcea Quartet. Photo: Sheila Rock"][/caption]Winners of the 2001 Gramophone Award for Best Debut Recording, the Belcea String Quartet is one of the leading ensembles of the new generation. They headline the second concert of this year's ChamberMusic@Beall series Sunday, October 25 on the UO campus, starting at 3 pm. Tickets are $33-$16. Based in London and quartet in residence at the Atheneum Concert Hall in Bucharest, the ensemble has earned acclaim for its subsequent concerts and recordings. Their Beall Hall concert will delve deep into the soul of the string quartet tradition, with Mozart’s beloved “Dissonance,” an...