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2010: Quasthoff, McFerrin return

  • Jul 16, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2820" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Helmuth Rilling and Sven-David Sandstrom head for an embrace at the conclusion of the Messiah premiere. Photo by Jon Meyers."][/caption]The electrifying charge of a 12-minute standing, stomping, and cheering ovation for Sven-David Sandström’s Messiah had barely subsided when festival executive director John Evans re-ignited a post-concert gathering with big news: singers Thomas Quasthoff and Bobby McFerrin will be among the headliners for OBF 2010. Evans announced 40th anniversary season highlights on the night of July 9 to a champagne-sipping crowd of OBF musicians, donors, audience members, board members, and sponsors. The major stars and events will include: Helmuth...

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Oregon Bach Festival 2009 news, views, and reviews

  • Jul 15, 2009

June 18: Marking time at the Laundromat. Suzi Steffen of the Eugene Weekly interviews soprano Amy Adams of the OBF Chorus about preparing to sing in a world premiere. June 25: Makeover for the 'MESSIAH.' The re-imagined choral work has its world premiere July 9, an interview with Sven-David Sandstrom by Bob Keefer from The Register-Guard. June 25: Anniversaries are the name of the game. Bob Keefer and The Register-Guard previews the 40th annual OBF and its celebration of the works of Handel, Purcell, Haydn, and Mendelssohn. June 27: Choral classic. Bob Keefer of The Register-Guard covers opening night, and the celebration of...

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A glorious Messiah provides rousing finale

  • Jul 14, 2009

From The Register-Guard Conductor Helmuth Rilling and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus concluded the 40th annual Oregon Bach Festival at the Hult Center on Sunday with a glorious performance of G.F. Handel's "Messiah." Rilling showed ceaseless energy. His style was electric as he conducted an orchestra and full chorus from memory. Rilling's tempos were brisk, but natural. The pace made for a thrilling interpretation of "For unto us a Child is Born." The chorus' contrast between the delicate A section and the stentorian setting of the words "Wonderful, Counsellor" was impressive. The Pifa (Pastoral Symphony), however, sounded more fitting for a dance...

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Classical Savion delight of dexterity and rhythm

  • Jul 13, 2009

From The Register-Guard Savion Glover, tap-dancer extraordinaire, and his extraordinary musicians brought the Silva Hall audience to their feet Friday night at the end of his two-hour “Classical Savion” solo tap concert. As the late great Gregory Hines once said, “(Glover) is the greatest tap-dancer to ever lace up a pair of tap shoes.” Glover, 35, has come a long way from beating on pots and pans in his mother’s New Jersey kitchen. At 4 he took drum lessons. At 7 he began tap lessons at the Broadway Dance Center in New York. At 12 he appeared on Broadway in “The Tap Dance...

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OBF 09 reaches artistic achievements, largest total audience

  • Jul 13, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2822" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Sven-David Sandstrom, John Evans, Helmuth Rilling. Photo: Jon Meyers"][/caption]EUGENE- Soon after the OBF Chorus sang the joyous refrains of Hallelujah from the season-ending performance of Messiah, our staff, donors, volunteers, and artists celebrated as well, having reached new artistic achievements and our largest-ever total audience. Having weathered the economic climate with a manageable drop in ticket revenue, we’re looking ahead to a gala 40th anniversary season in 2010 that will feature the return of Thomas Quasthoff and Bobby McFerrin and a further presence throughout the state. “We knew, considering the economy, that we were going to take a...

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Orchestra, chorus take on challenge with new Messiah

  • Jul 12, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2898" align="alignright" width="216" caption="Photo: Jon Christopher Meyers"][/caption]From The Register-Guard “Since by man came death” is a harmonically simple yet exquisitely shaped, poignantly sublime chorus occurring in Part III of Sven-David Sandström’s “Messiah,” the oratorio that conductor Helmuth Rilling and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus premiered Thursday evening at the Hult Center. This new composition, commissioned jointly by the Bach Festival and the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, Germany, was billed as one of the signal events of this year’s festival. Unfortunately, wonderful moments such as that chorus — and there were many throughout the 110-minute work — do not...

Sandstrom work takes shape

  • Jul 8, 2009

This video was shot during the Tuesday July 7 rehearsal of the OBF Chorus and Orchestra for the world premiere of Messiah by Sven David Sandstrom.