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...


Tribute: Royce Saltzman, Advocate for the Arts

  • Feb 12, 2009

Royce Saltzman, 2009 Advocate for the Arts Award Introduction by Roger Saydack How do you introduce a man who has accomplished so much? I could describe the many honors and awards Royce has received, such as: The Order of the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany; The University of Oregon Distinguished Service Award; Eugene’s First Citizen Award; and The Presidency of the International Federation for Choral Music. But let’s consider for a few moments something more specific, and more personal. Let’s talk about what Royce has meant to the arts in Eugene, and how his great career has enriched our City. Of course, for many,...


Royce Saltzman Receives Eugene Arts Honor

  • Jan 26, 2009

[caption id="attachment_2857" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Courtesy The Register-Guard"][/caption]Royce Saltzman, who in addition to his stewardship of the OBF has been a long-recognized champion of arts and culture in Eugene, has been named the Eugene Symphony’s 2009 Advocate for the Arts. “Royce’s contribution to the arts in this community is legendary,” said Mary Ann Hanson, president of the Eugene Symphony board of directors. “We are so pleased to acknowledge his commitment and support as a true advocate for the arts.” The award was established to honor individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the growth and advancement of the arts in our community. Past...


Audition Dates Set for High School Choral Academy

  • Dec 19, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2859" align="alignright" width="219" caption="Anton Armstrong teaches and inspires participants in the SFYCA"][/caption]High school singers looking for a challenging summer music experience can now book an audition for the 2009 Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, the OBF's nationally-recognized summer training and performance program conducted by Anton Armstrong. Interested students can audition by recording or in person at one of nine open auditions in the Pacific Northwest, Feb 7-March 17. Students are asked to register in advance for an audition appointment. Here's the schedule: Feb 7 PORTLAND #1 Laurelhurst Presbyterian Church, 9:30 am-3:30 pm Feb 12 EUGENE #1 Agate Auditorium, 3-5 pm Feb 12...


Keillor, Quartet on Upcoming Broadcasts

  • Dec 15, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2913" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Garrison Keillor\'s appearance at the OBF will be broadcast 12/20 on KWAX"][/caption]Sold-out performances from the 2008 Oregon Bach Festival will live again in broadcasts of Garrison Keillor’s appearance in Eugene’s Hult Center and chamber music featuring the Shanghai String Quartet. Keillor’s concert will be broadcast locally in the Eugene area on KWAX, 91.1 FM, Saturday, December 20 at 5 pm, Pacific Time. Recorded June 30, it features the author, humorist, and radio host in a concert setting with the OBF Chorus and Orchestra, the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, soloist Maria Jette, and conductor Philip Brunelle. The...


Conducting Class Now Accepting Applications

  • Dec 7, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2862" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Helmuth Rilling works one-on-one with class conductors."][/caption]Aspiring professional and student conductors from all over the world make the pilgrimmage to the Oregon Bach Festival to learn from master teacher Helmuth Rilling in the Master Class in Choral-Orchestral Conducting. The annual program is now accepting applications. The class accepts up to 14 student conductors who lead performances during the weekday Discovery Series of lecture-concerts. The repertoire for this year's series consists of the six cantatas of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Conducting applicants are asked to submit various audition materials, including videos of themselves at work conducting performances and rehearsals. Auditors are...


In Dulci Jubilo Concert Dec 7

  • Nov 14, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2915" align="alignright" width="188" caption="Julianne Baird"][/caption] Invoke memories of joyous holidays past with traditional carols Greenseleeves, In Dulci Jubilo, and The Sussex Carol, and Christmas-themed works from Bach, Rameau, and Corrette. The concert is "In Dulci Jubilo," a ChamberMiusic@Beall holiday program with the leading early music ensemble Aulos Ensemble and the heralded soprano Julianne Baird. One of the first American original instrument ensembles, Aulos has reached pre-eminence in the early music movement. Baird is a renowned, sensitive, and supremely expressive early music specialist. Together they'll leaven your holiday season with joy, melody, and rare beauty. Click for more details.