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Pappas Report Recommendations

  • Oct 7, 2006

These are the action steps cited in the consultant report funded by the University of Oregon in support of the Oregon Bach Festival's long-range plans. STEPS FOR FURTHER ANALYSIS AND ACTION The following steps need to be taken in the following order: 1. Ensure the smooth transition of the incumbent Executive Director to Executive Director Emeritus status. This entails an assessment of the skills and personal attributes required of the new incumbent. Craft a new position description for the search. 2. Conduct an organization study of the Oregon Bach Festival Board. 3. In parallel with this review, work with university advancement to transform the role...

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$700,000 for Youth Choral Academy

  • Jul 31, 2006

[caption id="attachment_3010" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Alan Price and Lilah Stangeland. Photo: Michael McDermott"][/caption] (EUGENE) Keeping classical music alive and transforming the lives of young people - those are the goals that inspired The Roger and Lilah Stangeland Foundation to donate $700,000 for the Oregon Bach Festival's Youth Choral Academy, said Allan Price, University of Oregon's vice president for advancement in a news conference today from the stage of the Hult Center. Watch the video on the University's Campaign Oregon website. The YCA, founded in 1998, brings 85 select high school students from around the country to Eugene every summer for ten days to live,...

The Blogmeister

  • Jul 27, 2006

Eugene writer Paul Omundson loves all kinds of music, but gets a special kick from Bach. We like him like that. Sponsored by Los Angeles-based PR firm Idea Hall, he spent a few days trolling around the Festival for sights and sounds. Here are links to his stories: Saltzman's scoop for Elderhostelers How to clear international artists over increasing travel hurdles was one of the insights shared in Royce Saltzman's talk with a Festival Elderhostel group. "Unforgettable" Snapshots and quick interviews with participants in the Festival's 2006 Elderhostel program. What they've learned: conductors Three conductors of the master class share their insights from two exhausting and exciting...

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Festival Registers Solid Finish

  • Jul 27, 2006

[caption id="attachment_3021" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Helmuth Rilling accepts the ovation following the Requiem."][/caption] EUGENE - The Oregon Bach Festival concluded its 2006 season with a triumphant final concert, a new CD recording projected for a spring '07 release, and a solid year at the gate. Following a stirring performance of the Mozart Requiem that instantly brought a packed audience to its feet for a 10-minute ovation, executive Director Royce Saltzman recounted high points of the 17-day event of the University of Oregon, which attracted a total audience of 27,000 from 279 cities in 37 states, six countries, and four continents, and featured more...

Requiem brings out best in performers

  • Jul 18, 2006

By Marilyn Farwell For The Register-Guard Published: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 The last concert of any major music festival is often the culminating event of the daily, intense collaboration among brilliant musicians. Sometimes, however, it can be merely the last gasp of exhausted participants. On Sunday afternoon, as the Oregon Bach Festival came to a close, it was clear that the former prevailed. Helmuth Rilling and his forces reached the pinnacle of the season with a near-perfect presentation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem. The standing ovation, which in the Bach Festival is almost a matter of course, was this time well-deserved. Mozart's Requiem Mass in...

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Elderhostel: "Unforgettable"

  • Jul 17, 2006

[caption id="attachment_3028" align="aligncenter" width="479" caption="Jean and Don Schweda; Helen Meyer and Mary Boyd; Saul and Mady Sokolsky."][/caption] The Elderhostel program at the Oregon Bach Festival includes lodging and meals alongside the musicians at the UO's Barnhart Hall dorm; talks and educational sessions; and some concert tickets. it's a popular program that has drawn visitors for many, many years. The progam is administered by University of Oregon Continuing Education. For more information about the OBF Elderhostel program, please see their site at http://center.uoregon.edu/elderhostel. Writer Paul Omundson met and chatted with the following Elderhostel participants at the 2006 Oregon Bach Festival. Don and Jean Schweda from...

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Saltzman's scoop for Elderhostelers

  • Jul 17, 2006

By Paul Omundson Each year the Festival is a regular stop for Elderhostel members who are classical music fans. They stay in the dorms on the University of Oregon campus during the duration of the Festival and have numerous opportunities to intimately drink in the flavor and taste of the two-week series of events. One of this year's highlights was a July 13 chat with Festival Executive Director Royce Saltzman. They met with Royce on stage at the Soreng Theatre at the Hult Center, sitting where the orchestra and chorus usually play during afternoon lecture-concerts. The executive director gave them a number of Festival...