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Multimedia Lecture on Bach Counterpoint Added to Fest Schedule

  • Jun 27, 2007

The Oregon Bach Festival has added a free lecture that will use a unique new web-based tool that brings music scores to life. In "Structure, Meaning, and Bach's Rosetta Stone of Counterpoint," Tim Smith of Northern Arizona University, a Festival alumnus, will demonstrate BinAural Collaborative Hypertext (BACH), which integrates musical scores with audio and commentary on the web. The lecture takes place Friday, July 6 at 10 am in the Soreng Theatre. In Smith's BACH software, which is based on the Shockwave platform, music notation moves along the screen in time with playback of the score, with analysis of figures and techniques available...

Kahane Sells Out; Others Close

  • Jun 27, 2007

Jeffrey Kahane's July 5 piano recital of works by Chopin is the first sell out of the 2007 Oregon Bach Festival schedule. Among others closing in on that status are Discovery Series concerts July 3 and 11 at 4:30 pm, and the Intimate Evenings event with Triad, featuring Eugene-born clarinetist Carey Bell July 14. Limited seats remain to see Kahane conduct an all-Mendelssohn orchestra program with star violinist Midori July 3 in the Hult Center.

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Midori to Make Festival Debut

  • Jun 15, 2007

Once a sensation who astounded classical music audiences as an 11-year-old soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Midori is now one of the world's leading cultural ambassadors, involved in commissions, educational initiatives, and orchestra residency programs. Afer 24 years in the public, Midori is still at the top of her original profession - concert violinist. At the 2007 Oregon Bach Festival, she headlines an all-Mendelssohn orchestra concert July 3. Jeffrey Kahane will conduct the program, which includes Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, the Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Reformation Symphony. Midori's appearance is underwritten by a generous grant from the...

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DJ Smuve Takes Remix Crown

  • Jun 3, 2007

[caption id="attachment_2994" align="alignright" width="170" caption="DJ Smuve, courtesy Liz Livengood/Eugene Celebration"][/caption]A crowd of 250 children, adults, fans, and followers basked in the sun Saturday while DJ Smuve basked in the glow of a first place prize at the Bach Remix. The second annual blend of Bach and hip-hop took place at Eugene's Oakway Center Heritage Courtyard, presented by the Oregon Bach Festival. DJ Smuve, aka Bobby Green, Jr., began his set using a slow self-made hip-hop beat with heavy bass. While he let his hip-hop intro play, DJ Smuve loosened his tie and unbuttoned his black shirt to reveal a t-shirt that had...

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It's a Remix Rematch

  • May 25, 2007

The contestants who went for Baroque in the Oregon Bach Festival's first Bach Remix have earned the right to compete in a three-way rematch for a $717 cash prize June 2 at the Bach Remix 2, at high noon in the Heritage Courtyard of Eugene's Oakway Center. Returning champion DJ DV8, last year's runner-up DJ Smuve, and DJ Reflex came out on top in open auditions May 4. At the final, they will put their skills on the line, mixing the third movement of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the latest beats and hip-hop. In their 7-minute, 17-second set, each...

News Arts Magazine Features OBF

  • May 15, 2007

The Oregon Bach Festival was featured in the premiere issue of Encore Magazine created by The Register-Guard. Encore Magazine is published twice a year to highlight the performing and visual arts in Lane County. T The OBF was featured in many different ways throughout the magazine's first issue, including two full page advertisements, an article highlighting some of the major events at the 2007 festival, and photos of prominent performers Helmuth Rilling, violinist Midori, and The 5 Browns. Featured in the "Change of Tune"? article, Royce Saltzman talks about his decision to hand over the reigns of the Oregon Bach Festival to...

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Mia Hall Savage to Manage Fest Youth Choir

  • May 4, 2007

The Oregon Bach Festival has named Portland youth choir specialist and University of Oregon alumni Mia Hall Savage as new managing director of the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. She succeeds Dr. Richard Clark, who helped originate the program in 1998. She assumes the managerial duties July 16, 2007. Hall Savage has more than 20 years of experience in the choral education field. Since she founded the Pacific Youth Choir four years ago, the organization has grown to 200 singers in five different choirs, and has collaborated with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Symphonic Choir, Portland Chamber Orchestra, and Chanticleer. Previously, her choirs were...