Tickets Going Fast for Keillor

  • Jun 15, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2930" align="alignright" width="156" caption="Expect music, wit, and the Young Lutheran\'s Guide to the Orchestra with Garrison Keillor"][/caption]Garrison Keillor, Mr. Prairie Home Companion to millions of fans, brings his inimitable sense of humor, style, and a love of music to the Oregon Bach Festival June 30. This hot-selling event is headed for a sellout, so don’t delay. Keillor will share the Silva Hall stage with the OBF Chorus and Orchestra, along with the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, conductor Philip Brunelle, and acclaimed soprano soloist Maria Jette, who has worked with Keillor numerous times in their native Minnesota. This is a family-friendly...


Back to Bach B Minor Concerts Open OBF

  • Jun 15, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2928" align="alignright" width="218" caption="Helmuth Rilling leads the OBF\'s opening concerts in Portland and Eugene."][/caption]The 39th Oregon Bach Festival opens with one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s signature works, the B Minor Mass. Near the end of his life, Bach refined and assembled 25 years of his most important musical ideas into one great statement. A summation of his mastery and a testament to his devout faith, the B Minor Mass has become a milestone of Western culture. Helmuth Rilling, OBF artistic director and one of the work's most astute interpreters, leads the OBF Chorus, Orchestra, and soloists in two performances of...


Piano Duo Headline First OBF Concert at Shedd

  • Jun 14, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2935" align="alignright" width="134" caption="Ya Fei Chuang is one half of the June 29 duo recital."][/caption]Robert Levin is no stranger to patrons of the Oregon Bach Festival, who have reveled in his eloquent insights into classical music, and marveled at his sensitive and energetic piano performances. Here we have an evening with Levin and his equally talented wife, Ya-Fei Chuang, performing a delicious assortment of keyboard works on the Fazioli pianos: two fugues from Bach’s The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080; Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit; Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini; and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. Located in...


Hip Hop DJs Battle in the 3rd Bach Remix

  • Jun 13, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2937" align="alignright" width="162" caption="Visit the Remix website at bachremix.com"][/caption]Three of the region’s best hop hop DJs compete for cash as they put a new spin on the third movement of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in the OBF’s third Bach Remix. The hip-hop remix contest takes place July 3 at the Fan Festival stage as part of Eugene 08. In addition to competing, the three DJs will demonstrate turntabale techniques for the crowd, enhanced by big screen video projections. DJ Marv Ellis will emcee, with guest dancers Raw Action Break Squad adding to the entertainment. Returning to defend his Remix...


With Twin Cities Raves, Rilling Booked for Two in NYC

  • May 23, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2988" align="alignright" width="218" caption="Helmuth Rilling adds Lincoln Center to his 2009 calendar"][/caption]The star of Helmuth Rilling will continue to shine on the stages of the world's most important concert halls, as the Oregon Bach Festival artistic director has been signed for two New York City engagements in 2009. In February 2009 Helmuth will conduct the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in Haydn's Creation. The workshop is open nationwide to choral singers and auditors. He'll end the year in December 2009 with five performances of Handel's Messiah with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. "This is great...


OBF, Evans Featured on Played in Oregon

  • May 15, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2939" align="alignright" width="189" caption="John Evans is interviewed on this week\'s classical preview radio show \'Played in Oregon.\'"][/caption]The award-winning “Played in Oregon” series of KBPS All Classical offers music of the Oregon Bach Festival in its program this week. Host Christa Wessel also chats with John Evans, new executive director, about the Festival’s past, his vision for its future, and what’s in store for this summer. “Played in Oregon” airs on KWAX 91.1 on Saturday, May 24 at 3 p.m., and on KBPS 89.9 in Portland on Sunday, May 25 at noon. (All times Pacific.) Around the world the program can be...


Shanghai Quartet Earns Raves on East Coast Swing

  • May 9, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2941" align="alignright" width="220" caption="The Shanghai Quartet in residence at this year\'s OBF July 5-9."][/caption]They'll be involved in a wide range of concerts and events here in Eugene, including Mendelssohn and more with string soloists, Le Salon Français with OBF wind principals, the very Viennese Schubertiade, and an outdoor performance saluting the farewell day of the Eugene 08 Olympic Trials. But the spring has already been busy for the SHANGHAI QUARTET. They've earned outstanding reviews for concerts in Washington, DC, and New York City, and this from Pittsburgh: "The Shanghai was uncompromising here, unwinding its coiled lyricism but never overdoing the inflections....