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Pick a Pack of Perfect Performances

  • Jun 2, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2828" align="alignright" width="200" caption="The Eugene Ballet Company dances to A Midsummer Night's Dream July 5, included in your choice of the "Dance" and "Shakespeare" 3-Pick Packages."][/caption]With 50+ events, it's hard to decide on which concerts to attend. Make it easy and try a 3-Pick pack of concerts. Each gives you a sampling of this year’s themes at a special price. Starting at $75, each package includes: Discount price One ticket for each of the three shows Bonus coupon for one free intermission beverage Order 3-pick packages through the Hult Center Bach’s Office. Call (541) 682-5000 Tues-Fri 12-5 pm Pacific, or Sat 12-3 pm. Or,...

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Project creates good vibes all around

  • Jun 1, 2009

It's a long way from the ancienet traditions of the Tokaido Road to the Brooklyn rooftop dacners captured by photographer Brian Lanker, but that's the broad range of music and culture captured by exhibits and performance within the "World Harmony Project," a collabortive effort by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural and cultural Hstory, and the Oregon Bach Festival. With funding assistance from the Oregon Arts Commission and Lane County Tourism, the three organizations present a variety of exhibition openings, live music, dance and lectures. The events will allow community members to experience a wealth of arts,...

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Video: Dance, theater, music combine in Midsummer

  • May 29, 2009

On July 5, Mendelssohn's beloved music for Shakespeare's fantasy sparks an event of magical movement and beauty. Within our "Shakespeare and Music" theme, the Eugene Ballet dances Toni Pimble's original choreography with narration by company members of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to the accompaniment of live choir and orchestra conducted by Robin Engelen. Tickets are $15-$29, click here for order details. The orchestra will be in the pit, and Ashland actors Sarah Rutan and Robert Voncent Frank will flank the stage, clearing plenty of space for the dancers of Eugene Ballet. Here's what it will look like:

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Oregon Bach Festival in Portland 2009

  • May 28, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2884" align="alignright" width="166" caption="The Creation In Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall"][/caption]Following last summer's sellout performance of the B Minor Mass, it's first concert in Portland since the 1980s, the Oregon Bach Festival returns in 2009 with two concerts showcasing two great masterworks. The Creation June 27 7:30 pm | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 1111 SW Broadway (Map) On Saturday night of our season-opening weekend we’ll present music as majestic, joyful, and glorious as creation itself. Grammy-winning conductor Helmuth Rilling, who in February received rave reviews for conducting this same work in Carnegie Hall, leads stellar soloists, chorus and orchestra in the vivid, day-by-day depiction...

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On Ensemble Rocks with Ancient Percussion

  • May 20, 2009

J.S. Bach, in his day, fused rhythms and styles of different countries into a new form of Baroque music. Today, the On Ensemble (rhymes with phone), with Japanese drums at the foundation of its world fusion mix, takes the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms. You can hear for yourself in two Oregon Bach Festival 2009 concerts: Taiko Together, under the OBF Kids banner, and a major concert Saturday night, June 27 in the Hult Center. Infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock, throat singing, koto, and electronica, On Ensemble’s unique sound has been praised...

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New Beginnings of Composers Symposium a must see

  • May 19, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2839" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Beta Collide, directed by Molly Barth and Brian McWhorter"][/caption]Summer’s Bach, bringing with it twenty days of inspiring, enthralling, and impeccably talented musicians to the 2009 Oregon Bach Festival. Also returning is the Composers Symposium, a gathering of 90 emerging composers with performances of music by the participants in three series of events: Concerts (“New Beginnings”); readings (“Virgin Ears Workshops”); and improvisation sessions (“Wild Nights Cafés”). The performers include the symposium’s American Creators Ensemble (ACE) under the mentorship of the Fireworks New Music Ensemble and Beta Collide, directed by Molly Barth and Brian McWhorter. The new innovative ACE...

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May 17 “Dreamland” Honors Mary Ann Bisio

  • May 13, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2886" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Debra Scroggins Sowerwine"][/caption]When Coro Pacifica, the young women's ensemble of the Pacific Youth Choir performs "Dreamland" Sunday May 17 in Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland, it will be an emotional moment for audiences and for the composer. Debra Scroggins Sowerwine wrote the music in memory of Mary Ann Bisio, a fellow member of the OBF Chorus. They met in 2001, Debra’s first year with the choir. Through an email, Debra shared her recollection of creating the music for her friend. “Mary Ann was a dear friend that I met through OBF Chorus, and I was deeply stunned and...