"Themes and Variations" Encompass World Premiere, Worldwide Reach

  • May 10, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2842" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Frederica von Stade returns to the OBF July 2 on the eve of her farewell tour."][/caption]EUGENE—Weaving together the musical threads of tradition, diversity, and artistic vision that have been constants in its first four decades, the Oregon Bach Festival’s “Themes and Variations” for 2009 include a major world premiere; guest artists from the Met, Broadway, and the traditions of Tokaido Road; and new partnerships ranging from a 4th of July fireworks program to worldwide broadcasts. The Oregon Bach Festival takes place June 23-July 12, 2009 in Eugene, Bend and Portland, Oregon. Tickets are now on sale. “There’s a...


Sing Along with the New Messiah Apri 27

  • Apr 12, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2845" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Sharon Paul of the UO School of Music leads the Messiah preview sing along."][/caption]Chances are most everyone has sung at least a part of Handel’s 1742 Messiah, the most popular choral work ever written, frequently performed in "sing along" form. On April 27, in the Oregon Bach Festival's Messiah Project preview, Eugene-area singers can continue that tradition when Sharon Paul of the University of Oregon School of Music leads a "sight-reading sing along" of a movement from the new Messiah by eminent Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström. The Messiah Project Preview takes place Monday, April 27 at 7 pm...


"Messiah Project" Pairs World Premiere, Handel original

  • Mar 29, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2847" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Sven-David Sandstr├Âm"][/caption]Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström is not one to consider new projects lightly. He has composed for the BBC, Pierre Boulez, and the Concertgebouw. One of Sweden’s foremost composers, he founded a composition school on the Baltic Isle of Gotland, and was on faculty at Indiana University for ten years. In 2005 he wrote a Magnificat for Helmuth Rilling’s Internationale Bachakademie. For his most recent work, a joint commission of the Oregon Bach Festival and the Bachakademie, he has taken on the most-performed choral work of all time—Handel's Messiah. To mark the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death, the OBF...


Angela Hewitt in Recital and Master Class

  • Feb 23, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2849" align="alignright" width="181" caption="Angela Hewitt performs and offers a free master class."][/caption]The OBF presents the sensational Canadian-born pianist Angela Hewitt in recital Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in Beall Concert Hall. She will offer a free, public master class in Beall Hall on Monday, March 2, at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $40-$20 and are now on sale through the Hult Center Bach's Office. Hewitt is one of the world’s leading Bach interpreters—she was a top prizewinner in the International Bach competitions of Leipzig and Washington D.C., and winner of the 1985 Toronto International Bach Piano Competition. Angela Hewitt’s eleven-year project...


OBF Tickets Now on Sale

  • Feb 22, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2852" align="alignright" width="166" caption="Artistic Director Helmuth Rilling will conduct The Creation, Handel\'s Messiah, the new Sandstrom setting of Messiah, and Bach\'s Christmas Oratorio in the Discovery Series."][/caption]Tickets for the 2009 Oregon Bach Festival are now on sale for a season of "Themes and Variations" with favorite works by Bach, Haydn, Handel, and Mendelssohn, a major World Premiere by Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström, and guest artists Frederica von Stade, Jeffrey Kahane, Monica Huggett, and tap dancer Savion Glover. Ordering Information Follow the links for the calendar of concerts, or read about the highlights of the upcoming season. View ticket price information or...


Rilling Raves for Carnegie Creation

  • Feb 21, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2854" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Heidi Grant Murphy and Helmuth Rilling, at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Rachel Papo for The New York Times."][/caption]The 2009 Oregon Bach Festival opens with The Creation, the 1798 masterpiece by Joseph Haydn. If the February 14 performance that Helmuth Rilling conducted at Carnegie Hall is any indication, it will be an opening concert to savor and remember. Returning to the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop (he led the same program in 2005 and 2007) Rilling teamed with OBF choir master Kathy Saltzman Romey to show, according to critic Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times, "what can be...


OBF Maestro Honored on Park Ave

  • Feb 13, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2888" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Kurt Masur and Helmuth Rilling."][/caption]On the night of February 12, 2009, Conductor’s Society members, friends and staff of the OBF, and notable leaders of the German-American community were treated to a classy and cordial reception at the Park Avenue home of Dr. Horst Freitag, German Consul General for New York. A crowd of about 85 gathered in the beautiful salon of New York’s most exclusive residence for a tribute to Maestro Helmuth Rilling, honored in his 75th year for the work he has done over four decades to develop a lasting and fruitful exchange of German-American cultures...