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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....

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Sing with the Pros!

  • May 2, 2008

Those who enjoy choral singing know there's nothing quite like the feeling of many voices resonating as one. When the music at hand is something so challenging yet moving as Bach's B Minor Mass, the reward is even greater. And that's the enjoyment of InChoir, where you can take your place along members of the Festival's 54-voice professional chorus, and sing among the pros in an actual rehearsal conducted by Kathy Saltzman Romey, OBF chorus master. InChoir takes place Monday, June 23 at 7 pm on the stage of Silva Concert Hall in the Hult Center. It's open to anyone, but spaces...

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New Music for a Note Worthy Man

  • Mar 30, 2008

If a classical music festival were to try to imagine a person who would likely help forge its destiny and bolster its artistic standards, a square dance-calling, running shoe-inventing, clarinet-playing, cattle ranching, Olympic track coach would not spring immediately to mind. Yet, Bill Bowerman put his energies, reputation, enthusiasm, and wealth squarely behind the Oregon Bach Festival during a critical 20-year period. He not only helped transform the Festival into an internationally known classical music event, he helped save the Festival during its adolescent years. During the 2008 US Olympic Team Trials-Track and Field, the man who left an indelible mark...

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OBF08: Major Stars and Rich Bounty of Bach

  • Feb 18, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2948" align="alignright" width="170" caption="Sarah Chang"][/caption]While the Olympic hopefuls at next summer's Eugene 08 track and field trials will be striving for excellence, the 2008 Oregon Bach Festival will be raising a few bars of its own. The University of Oregon event plans a gala tribute to a music-loving track icon, virtuoso performances, a concert in Portland, and a canon of Bach masterpieces for its 39th year, June 27-July 13. Guest artists set to appear in the 17-day run are humorist-author Garrison Keillor; violin virtuoso Sarah Chang and conductor Nicholas McGegan (San Francisco-based Baroque specialist) performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons; a Festival...

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Looking for OBF 08 Housing?

  • Feb 14, 2008

Planning on visiting Eugene and the OBF in 2008? Allow yourself sufficient time to find housing, especially during the ten days of the Eugene 08 Olympic Trials when hotel rooms will be in short supply. If you can't find housing during the June 27-July 6 Eugene 08 time period, consider visiting during the second half of our festival, which takes place after the games have ended, with great concerts and plenty of hotel availability July 6-13. Here are several online resources to help your housing hunt. Let us know if you have others to share. CVALCO Website of the county's tourism bureau with a...

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OBF Unveils New Nike-Designed Look

  • Feb 9, 2008

For John Evans, the Oregon Bach Festival’s new Executive Director, the moment of truth came as he sat with his staff at a management retreat last summer, staring at a dozen color-coded flip chart pages that enumerated the Festival’s extraordinarily diverse range of programs. “Despite the fact that the music of Bach is at the heart of this Festival, at a glance it was obvious that the sheer range of what’s on offer each season was remarkable,” he recalled. “As a consequence I felt that we needed to go much further in helping our audiences understand what we’re about and navigate...

Bach beats a path to Portland

  • Oct 19, 2007

Season-opening concert moves north as festival tries to broaden its audience Wednesday, October 17, 2007 The Oregonian DAVID STABLER For 38 years, Eugene has claimed the Oregon Bach Festival as its own. Now, it's going to share: For the first time, Portland will host the music festival's opening night, next June at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The 17-day summer festival has long tried to draw audiences from Portland, but with limited success. Opening in Portland is a more direct attempt to broaden audiences, conceived by John Evans, the festival's new executive director. "It's part of a wider strategy," said the British-born Evans, who succeeded Royce Saltzman...