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Religion and Politics in the Baroque

  • Apr 19, 2007

Sovereigns, Servants, Sermons, and Song: Religion and Politics in the Baroque" From the first half of the sixteenth century on, the Reformation, or the splitting of the Church, places in question the subordination of state to church, leading to the exact reversal of this formula: the subordination of church to state. How are the various branches of Christianity and the relations between secular and sacred expressed in the music of the Baroque? How did the turmoil within the Christian religio-political world affect the relations between Christianity and Judaism, and how did this influence the musical scene? What role does ethics play...

Want to Experience Singing? InChoir!

  • Apr 13, 2007

Experience the sound and power of the Festival Chorus up-close and in person. It's called InChoir, an innovative program developed by the Minnesota Chorale. Participants sing side-by-side with members of the Chorus at a working rehearsal of the Brahms Requiem conducted by Kathy Romey, then observe as Helmuth Rilling conducts a rehearsal. A $10 fee covers materials. It takes place Wednesday, June 27 at 7 pm in Studio One at the Hult Center. InChoir is sponsored by Eugene Magazine.

Festival Goes Outside the Bachs

  • Apr 2, 2007

The creativity of great composers, versatility of musical forces, and virtuosity of stellar artists are trademark elements of every Oregon Bach Festival. But in 2007, they're given a slightly different spin as the Festival goes "Outside the Bachs" to explore unexpected musical treasures beyond the pen of J.S.Bach. Tickets are now on sale for the University of Oregon's flagship cultural event, which takes place June 29-July 15 in Eugene. The festivities open with the sweeping majesty of Brahms's A German Requiem June 29, a masterwork deeply understood and always movingly conducted by Helmuth Rilling. Rilling serves the second course in his three-year...

Ride the EMX to Bach Night April 17

  • Mar 29, 2007

Bach lived his days some 270 years ago, but he gets his night April 17 as the Oregon Bach Festival presents its annual Bach Night season preview party. This year's edition takes place at the new Wildish Theater, 630 Main St. in Springfield at 7 pm. Featuring the CD release of the Festival's new Haydn mass recording, and live music with Trio Voronezh, the free event is sponsored by SELCO Community Credit Union. Bach Night includes: A tour of the 2007 Festival concert schedule in video and audio clips Insights and information offered by George Evano, the Festival's director of communications Live music from Trio...

UO German Culture Class Connects to Fest

  • Mar 25, 2007

"Music in German Cultural History" is a two-week University of Oregon course, June 29-July 15, that investigates German culture, literature, and music from the times of Martin Luther to Karl Marx, integrating three Festival concerts with works by Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Mendelssohn. It's a four-credit course offered by the UO's Department of German and Scandinavian that satisfies general-education requirements. OBF participants and general public may enroll as auditors. Summer Session registration officially opens May 7. To place your name on a pre-registration interest list, post a note below, send email to Elin England at the Oregon Bach Festival, or call...

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Fest, Museum Offer Art & Spirituality

  • Feb 15, 2007

[caption id="attachment_3012" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Carl Morris, 'Light Breaking Across Darkness', from the series 'History of Religions', 1959 (Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 feet)"][/caption]Delve into the topic "Art & Spirituality" in an experience-oriented collaboration between the Oregon Bach Festival and the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art June 27-July 3. One package price ($179 per person) includes six different participatory events, including a guided tour of "Carl Morris: The History of Religions," a "Visual Dialogue through Nature" field study and picnic June 28, and a ticket to the Festival's opening night performance of Brahms's German Requiem. The package is...

John Evans Hosts 'Performing Britten'

  • Feb 13, 2007

Until he gets to town to take over as executive director of the Oregon Bach Festival, John Evans is keeping busy as producer and host of Performing Britten, a new ten-part series produced by Classic Arts in association with The Britten Estate Ltd for BBC Radio 3. In each one-hour program Evans will be in conversation with a leading conductor, director or singer, each known for their close association with one of Benajmin Britten's major stage works. The cast-list is impressive, as you can see: Francesca Zambello on Paul Bunyan Philip Langridge on Peter Grimes Dame Janet Baker on The Rape of Lucretia Richard Hickox on...