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Melding of Bach thru music, film

  • Jul 11, 2006

From The Oregonian By David Stabler You know the road that's paved with good intentions? The Oregon Bach Festival took audiences pretty far down that road Sunday. The trip offered a live performance of the B Minor Mass by J.S. Bach, accompanied by an excruciating film called "The Sound of Eternity." Mixing visual imagery with classical music is fraught territory, but Aaron Copland's wide-open music works well with photographs of the prairies and canyons. But Bastian Cleve's trite film detracted from Bach's magnificent B minor Mass. There was nothing wrong with the live performance. In fact, it was one of the strongest in years. Hardly a...

Work succeeds from jazz to DJ

  • Jul 10, 2006

From The Register-Guard By Terry McQuilkin Reimagined is the operative word here. Not arranged or adapted. "The Goldberg Variations Reimagined," the work that listeners in Silva Concert Hall heard Friday evening, is not a jazzed-up version of the 265-year-old keyboard work by J. S. Bach, but instead a composition by Uri Caine after Bach. In the space of an hour and a half, Caine and seven colleagues explored a host of musical styles, including New Orleans jazz, Latin, gospel, klezmer and free jazz, in addition to delivering several of Bach's original variations with added counterpoint superimposed. The set began with the original Bach aria, but...

Fest and Fair inspire passion

  • Jul 10, 2006

From The Register-Guard By Mark Baker "Well, it's kind of like the Bach Festival - but without clothes." That's what Jeanette Pilak, former marketing director at the Hult Center, told a friend years ago who had come all the way from Georgia to attend the Oregon Bach Festival, when he asked about the Oregon Country Fair, where she planned to take him next. The difference in wardrobes was the only hint he got. So says Ruthie Manley, a longtime artist liaison with the Bach Festival, who is also a lover of the country fair. Manley thinks that sums up the difference pretty well between the...

B Minor Mass inaugurates acoustic marvel

  • Jul 10, 2006

From The Register-Guard By Jeff Wright When it comes to the nearly completed Great Hall sanctuary at Eugene's First Baptist Church, parishioners are not the only ones giving thanks. Second only to the Hult Center's Silva Hall in size among indoor performance venues with permanent seating, the new space is attracting plenty of attention. Among its fans are Royce Saltzman, the Oregon Bach Festival executive director who will bring Bach's seminal sacred work, Mass in B Minor, to the church on Monday. Part of the excitement is tied to the 1,250-seat sanctuary's state-of-the-art acoustics. "There's not a dead spot in the room - it's pretty...

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Second Mom First in Trio's Hearts

  • Jul 8, 2006

[caption id="attachment_3030" align="alignright" width="239" caption="From left: Valerie, Linda, Sergei, Vladimir"][/caption]By Paul Omundson Idea Hall With a mother's proud smile Linda Ackerman sat unobtrusively in the back of the audience as her "sons" wowed their sold out Oregon Bach Festival audience with a hot, fast-paced eclectic blend of Russian folk tunes and classical music. I had to smile as I saw all three glance at "mom" and give her that satisfying "you're here so everything will be alright" look. These graduates of the Academy of Music in Voronezh, near Moscow, where they met as young child prodigies, are now solidly established on the international music...

Brilliant riffs on Mozart concerto

  • Jul 8, 2006

From The Register-Guard By James Bash In a concert that nicely juxtaposed the music of W.A. Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, conductor Jeffrey Kahane inspired the Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus in exceptional performances that deserved a larger audience. Inside the Hult Center on Wednesday evening, Kahane and Company again plumbed the depths of challenging works with the intellect and artistry found only at other major music festivals. Unfortunately, the sullen and drizzly weather outside didn't encourage more folks to fill the cozy confines of Silva Hall. The no-shows missed a concert that would have warmed their earlobes and brought sunshine to their hearts...

Mass as a vision for all to see

  • Jul 8, 2006

From The Register-Guard By Bob Keefer Years ago, a young experimental filmmaker named Bastian Clevé decided he'd like to put the cart before the horse. Instead of making a film and then scoring it with music, he wanted to start with the music - and then make the film. "Let's go with music that is already composed," he said, "instead of doing a film and later on hiring a musician." He listened to a lot of music. One piece in particular caught his attention. "Once I heard the beginning of the Mass in B Minor - the Kyrie - that was it," Clevé said. "That...