Pärt’s Passio: music for a contemplative summer night June 28th

  • May 21, 2015

The story is traditional: the Gospel According to St. John. But the approach is ethereal, profound, and, ultimately, captivating: Passio, music for voices and a string quintet by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The music isn’t the only thing that will create a special atmosphere for this later-evening concert, which starts at 9 pm on Sunday, June 28 and takes place without intermission. Audiences will enter at dusk and leave after night falls, in a way mirroring Jesus’ journey into a dark night of the soul. Among the most revered of contemporary composers, Pärt is known for the mystic, meditative, and near-hypnotic quality...

The Creation marks birth of new orchestra

  • May 20, 2015

It’s not every night when you can experience The Creation. On June 25th, that will be true in more ways than one. Yes, that’s the opening night performance of The Creation, Haydn’s masterful musical merging of The Book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost, with its colorful depictions of the beginning of life. But it’s also the first-ever performance by our new Berwick Academy orchestra. Performing their very first notes as part of the full-scale forces for The Creation, the 35 top-flight young instrumentalists of the Berwick Academy specialize in historically-informed performance practice. They’ll combine with our traditional orchestra, chorus and University Chamber Choir for...

Monica Huggett & PBO to Perform at Beall Hall

  • Apr 15, 2015

The Oregon Bach Festival brings unforgettable violinist Monica Huggett and the Portland Baroque Orchestra to perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons at Beall Hall on Tuesday, April 28th at 8:00 pm. Arguably the most popular work of the Baroque period, this colorful masterpiece captures the essence of each season, conveying its sights and sounds through music. The concert also includes additional works by Locatelli and Locke. Don’t miss this remarkable performance! Tickets range from $17 - $45. Order yours now by phone at 541-682-5000 or online here.

OBF Moves to New Office

  • Apr 4, 2015

Check out the view of our new building. Last Monday, March 30 OBF staff started unpacking boxes and settling in at our new office at 1600 Millrace Dr. We are on the second floor of the newly renovated building, come visit us.

A huge thank you to Agate Hall for the wonderful memories we've shared over the last 21 years!

Matthew Halls to Direct through 2020

  • Apr 1, 2015

Exciting news about 2015 and beyond!

The party celebrating the birthday of J.S. Bach at Studio 5 in Eugene not only served as the official launch for the 2015 season of the Oregon Bach Festival, but as the site for the announcement of a contract extension for Artistic Director Matthew Halls through the 2020 season. Read more about these exciting announcements in the official press release

New Grant Now Underwrites Organ Institute

  • Mar 18, 2015

  The Oregon Bach Festival is excited to announce the gift of a generous grant from The Reed Foundation to underwrite the organ programs of OBF including the Organ Institute and recitals. Beginning with the 2015 class, to ensure talented musicians have access to the six-day course of master classes and performances with renowned American organist Paul Jacobs, organists accepted to participate in the Institute will be able to attend tuition free and with no cost for housing. This is a tremendous opportunity for organists who have been interested in attending yet concerned about the price. Auditions are being accepted now through...

2015 SFYCA Auditions Are Here!

  • Jan 16, 2015

The Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, now in its 17th year, is accepting applications for the 2015 season! High school freshman through seniors are encouraged to apply either at one of our live audition sites this spring or by recording submission on or before April 8th. Details regarding all auditions may be found on our website at oregonbachfestival.com/sfyca If you are a high school student looking to expand your artistry, network among professionals in the field and perform with our award-winning faculty and ensembles, don’t delay! Spaces are limited as well as competitive! Download the 2015 SFYCA flyer here. For more information, please...