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Virtuoso Organist Paul Jacobs Returns to Portland

  • Jul 3, 2015

Grammy award-winning, virtuoso organist Paul Jacobs returns to Portland Tuesday, July 7 to astound audiences with his profound command and mastery of “the king of instruments.” Of his recent appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra, a Washington Post critic wrote, “I have seldom heard an orchestral audience leap to its feet and whoop at a solo organ piece, but the adulation was well deserved.” Eugene audiences last week were thrilled by a program that includes the celebratory Bach Sinfonia from Cantata 29, the lush choral preludes by Brahms, and dazzling sets of variations by the late Romantic composer Max Reger, all...

Get set for the SFYCA boost

  • Jul 3, 2015

They’re young, they’re among the best in the country, and they can energize a hall (or a church) with the kind of brilliant, joyous sound that will lift your soul. They’re the 85 singers of the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, in concert next Wednesday, July 8 at Eugene’s First United Methodist Church. With Matthew Halls and Helmuth Rilling as guest conductors, they’ll sing music by Handel, Bach, Bernstein, Eric Whitacre, and traditionals like “This Little Light of Mine” under the inspiring direction of Anton Armstrong. Youth tickets $10.

A magical evening of great chamber music

  • Jul 1, 2015

Chamber Music Northwest artistic director and clarinet virtuoso David Shifrin brings some of the finest performers from his festival to share with you. This fascinating program combines the genius of Mozart with the world premiere of a new work by Oregon composer Kenji Bunch. Ralph’s Old Records depicts the discovery of his father’s box of old jazz albums through which he connects to a time past and by extension to his father. At times jazzy, humorous, and poignant, this performance will be a truly special event. Surrounding it are masterpieces of Mozart, his Flute Quartet and the String Quintet in...

A Night of Vivid Color and Raucous Energy

  • Jul 1, 2015

Legendary conductor Masaaki Suzuki leads the OBF Orchestra and Berwick Chorus in a concert of classical masterpieces, including Haydn’s epic Lord Nelson Mass 7:30pm on Tuesday, July 7. This work has long been a favorite for its spectacular climaxes and intense drama unlike other settings of the mass. Maestro Suzuki and the fantastic quartet of Joanne Lunn, Roxana Constantinescu, Dann Coakwell, and Tyler Duncan will thrill you with this vivid and thrilling work. The program also includes two great orchestral works, Mozart’s Symphony in G Minor, No. 25 and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. The score for Pulcinella, one of the loveliest of the...

The Architecture of Sound- Bach, Bruckner, and Brahms

  • Jun 27, 2015

Three Composers.  Seven Soloists.  One spectacular evening. Thursday July 2, features the performance of a lifetime with a triple whammy of the era’s best Bs. Maximum contrast.  Diversity of style and performing approach.  Prepare to be amazed with the size and sound of Bach, Bruckner, and Brahms, featuring the most talented soloists and musicians of the day, with and an appearance by the talented Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. Tammy Wilson once again appears to sing with a chorus of one hundred and fifty also featuring pieces that include Bach’s Cantata BWV 150, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E...

Be Inspired with Great Music: OBF 2015

  • Jun 5, 2015

Join us on a journey through the cycle of life with the music of this year’s Oregon Bach Festival, June 25-July 12 in Eugene. Tickets are now on sale. Artistic Director Matthew Halls leads the celebration that includes great works for choir and orchestra, the first-ever concerts by the new Berwick Academy orchestra for historically informed performance practice (HIPP), legendary Bach conductors Helmuth Rilling and Masaaki Suzuki, refined and sublime chamber music, pop diva Storm Large, showmen Canadian Brass, harmonica wizard Joe Powers, organ recitals, and kid’s concerts. In all, 24 concerts take place in 18 days with many more free...

A Storm is coming. Are you ready?

  • Jun 1, 2015

Musician. Actor. Playwright. Author. Awesome. Songstress Storm Large, last seen at the OBF fronting Pink Martini at the Cuthbert Amphitheater, returns to Eugene to sing life into the biting and beautifully sardonic world of Weill and Brecht’s Seven Deadly Sins Friday, June 26, at 7:30 pm in Silva Concert Hall. And that’s just the start. Fresh from selling out Portland’s Schnitzer Concert Hall, Storm will captivate OBF audiences with Copland’s Appalachian Spring, a new work by Portland composer Mason Bates, torch songs, American songbook standards done in her fearless style, and a blazing bolt of rock. Special guests Hudson Shad, a New York-based...