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OBF 08 Opens in Portland

  • Oct 16, 2007

The first concert played in the 2008 Oregon Bach Festival will also be the first opening night in its 39-year history performed outside of Eugene. On Wednesday, executive director John Evans announced that the University of Oregon's Grammy-winning program will open in Portland on June 27, partly in step with the university's expanded offerings there. Artistic director Helmuth Rilling will take the podium of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to lead Bach's Mass in B Minor, a signature masterwork of the composer and the internationally heralded festival. The Bach concert is the first step in a broader initiative by Evans, who accepted the...

Rave Reviews from 2007

  • Oct 13, 2007

The Oregon Bach Festival's 2007 season was a huge success, both artistically and financially. See the links and stories below for views and reviews about the 38th season. Festival's finale grand, though short of perfect Review: The energy of the Missa Solemnis had its own momentum and emotional reward, writes Tom Manoff. Plus, a recap of some favorite performers from throughout the Festival. Triad makes Saturday's concert a triumph Review: Terry McQuilkin covers the "radiant and well-balanced" performance of Triad. The 5 Browns put 50 fingers to good use Review: What do you do with 440 piano keys? Tom Manoff reviews the sold out concert of...

Ticket sales, revenue up for Bach Festival

  • Jul 19, 2007

By Bob Keefer The Register-Guard Published: Thursday, July 19, 2007 Reversing a downward trend of the past several years, attendance and ticket revenue were up substantially at this year's Oregon Bach Festival. The festival, which concluded a 2 1/2 -week run in Eugene on Sunday, drew an estimated total audience, including those at free events, of 31,000, up 12 percent from last year's 27,618. The festival sold 16,859 tickets, up 10 percent from 15,308 last year, and total ticket revenue was $418,083, a 16 percent increase over last year's $360,519. Those figures are still lower than the highest levels of sales and attendance achieved by the...

The 5 Browns put 50 fingers to good use

  • Jul 16, 2007

By Tom Manoff For The Register-Guard Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 There was a time when I would have considered the 5 Browns more a novelty act than a serious classical ensemble. The five pianist siblings played Friday night at Silva Hall, a concert in this year's Bach Festival. But times have changed for classical music. And in a world where I've reviewed "Adagio for Strings" arranged for saxophone quartet, and watched the drum-driven "opera" ensemble Il Divo top the classical charts with "Feelings" - well, the 5 Browns look pretty good. I reviewed their debut CD last year but this was the first time...

Triad makes Saturday's concert a triumph

  • Jul 16, 2007

By Terry McQuilkin For The Register-Guard Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 The penultimate concert in this year's Oregon Bach Festival was something of a homecoming, at least for one member of the trio that delivered an engaging program of Ludwig van Beethoven, Francis Poulenc and Johannes Brahms at the Hult's Soreng Theatre on Saturday evening. Eugene native son Carey Bell, along with cellist Emil Miland and pianist Bryndon Hassman, all based in the San Francisco Bay Area and collectively named Triad, brought to a close the festival's Intimate Evenings series with a radiant account of one of the great pieces of Romantic era chamber...

Festival's finale grand, though short of perfect

  • Jul 16, 2007

By Tom Manoff For The Register-Guard Published: Thursday, July 19, 2007 The Oregon Bach Festival closed Sunday at Silva Hall as Helmuth Rilling conducted Ludwig van Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis." The concert was Royce Saltzman's last as executive director, a moment not lost on an appreciative audience. The Bach Festival Chorus sang gloriously with warmth, focus and uncanny intonation. No question that these singers were the stars of this festival. Saltzman began as a choral conductor, and the superb vocal performances these two weeks were a testament to his career, and the festival that he and Rilling made from scratch. The "Missa Solemnis" is genius-struck in a...

07 OBF Records Success

  • Jul 16, 2007

Welcoming new audiences, premiering new artists, recording a new CD, and paving the way for new leadership, the Oregon Bach Festival wrapped up a successful 2007 season with Beethoven and looked ahead to a 2008 season of getting back to Bach. The Festival concluded on Sunday July 15 with the stratospheric strains of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, but before the music even started, the cheers resounded through Silva Hall in standing applause for outgoing cofounder and executive director Royce Saltzman. In a pre-concert ceremony, University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer conferred upon Saltzman the official title of Oregon Bach Festival Director Emeritus. New...