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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...

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Friends Get Dibs for Philly

  • Jan 26, 2007

[caption id="attachment_3014" align="alignright" width="239" caption="Christoph Eschenbach"][/caption]The Philadelphia Orchestra comes to Eugene May 27 to kick off the 25-year anniversary of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. As patrons and friends of the Hult, Oregon Bach Festival members have been extended a first-come, first-served offer from Hult Presents before tickets go on sale to the public. For their Hult Center program the orcheatra wil play: Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K. 297b and the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz. Purchase your Philadelphia Orchestra tickets for $65 (limited to 4) before February 14, and choose your preferred seat in the glorious Silva Concert Hall. For an...

Scaling a Bach Monument With a Masterly Touch

  • Jan 15, 2007

From The New York Times January 15, 2007 By JAMES OESTREICH It seems remarkable at first glance that the annual weeklong Carnegie Hall choral workshops, founded by Robert Shaw in 1990, have only now gotten around to Bachs St. Matthew Passion, perhaps the cornerstone of the Western choral literature. But anyone who attended any of the workshop sessions last week must have come away with a new appreciation of just how vast and varied a canvas the St. Matthew is, and how difficult to prepare in a mere six days with an ad-hoc chorus. True, this was a chorus of music professionals, many of...

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Conducting Master Class Accepting Apps

  • Jan 12, 2007

Applications are now being accepted for the Master Class in Choral-Orchestral Conducting, June 28-July 15. The class is for professional conductors as well as leaders of church, university, high school, and community music organizations. Focusing on the class repertoire of four J.S. Bach cantatas and Haydn's Mass for Theresa, participants learn how text, music, symbolism, structure, and technique come together. Class members live and work alongside colleagues who care about artistic insight and furthering the choral-orchestral art form. The class is also open to non-conducting auditors who get a first-chair look at how master teacher Helmuth Rilling and his staff prepare works...

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Rilling Conducts Bach at Carnegie

  • Jan 2, 2007

East Coast fans of the Festival have the opportunity to enjoy Helmuth Rilling conducting Bach's St. Matthew Passion in Carnegie Hall Saturday, January 13 in New York. Maestro Rilling conducts the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in the conclusion of the annual Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop. Rilling's Carnegie Hall soloists include James Taylor, Klaus Häger, Sibylla Rubens, Ingeborg Danz, Thomas Cooley, and Michael Nagy. All except Nagy have appeared as soloists with the OBF. Our own Kathy Saltzman Romey prepares the Carnegie Hall Chorus. The concert takes place at 7 pm in the Stern auditorium. For ticket purchase,...

Shop at 5th St. Arts Benefit & Hear Bach's Brass Quartet

  • Nov 8, 2006

Eugene's delightful 5th St Public Market presents the Night of a Thousand Stars, it's annual gala tree lighting and holiday kick off, Friday, November 17 in Eugene. 10% of proceeds from that night's purchases are donated back to the Hult Center's Resident Companies, including the Oregon Bach Festival. Enjoy live music, including the Sons of Bach Brass Quartet, and enter drawings for loads of free prizes. The newly renovated 5th St Market is home to such stores as New Twist, French Quarter, Melange, Hardwick's, and the new gourmet store and cafe Provisions. And if you hear a rooster, that's Bach too --...

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Save the ’07 dates, PDQ

  • Nov 7, 2006

[caption id="attachment_3004" align="alignright" width="126" caption="Helmuth Rilling will return for his 38th year as artistic director."][/caption]Who's coming to the Oregon Bach Festival in 2007? Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, and PDQ: the last (and least) of Bach's musical progeny. Save the dates -- we hope you will come too! Oregon Bach Festival June 29-July 15 Brahms GERMAN REQUIEM Opening night, June 29, showcases this great masterwork, at times tender and consoling, at times thunderous and magnificent. Honegger KING DAVID July 12 Artur Honegger, French/Swiss composer of the early 20th century, wrote this symphonic psalm in three parts based on the life of King David, the greatest of the kings of Israel....