OBF receives largest donation to launch The Berwick Academy

  • May 17, 2014

  Oregon Bach Festival receives largest-ever gift Berwicks launch new HIP orchestra with gift of $7.25 million Thanks to a $7.25 million gift from University of Oregon alumni Phyllis and Andrew Berwick, the Oregon Bach Festival will soon boast an orchestral training and touring program that will be one of the first of its kind in the country. Scheduled to launch in summer 2015, The Berwick Academy will be dedicated to historically informed performance practice of music from the 17th to the 19th centuries, open by audition to young professional musicians. By far the largest single contribution in the festival’s 45-year history, the gift enables the...


Diversity marks the 2014 OBF’s next generation

  • Nov 13, 2013

With themes of rebirth and creation weaving together choral masterworks by Bach, Monteverdi, Verdi, Rachmaninoff, and Mozart, and a rich contrast of guest concerts ranging from baroque winds to the Canadian Brass to a big-band tribute to Duke Ellington, the Oregon Bach Festival’s first season under the directorship of Matthew Halls will be as diverse as the conductor’s own musical passions. The 45th running of the University of Oregon’s cultural gem takes place June 26-July 13 in Eugene, Portland, Corvallis, Florence, and Newport. The schedule as announced at the Friends of the Festival annual meeting Wednesday, November 13 at the...


OBF 2014 schedule of major concerts

  • Nov 13, 2013

* Matthew Halls, artistic director and conductor Thursday, June 26 7:30 pm  Monteverdi Vespers* (Silva Concert Hall) Friday, June 27 7:30 pm Monteverdi Vespers — Portland* (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral) 7:30 pm Paul Jacobs, organ, Guy Few, trumpet (First United Methodist Church, Eugene) Saturday, June 28 10 am OBF Kids: Canadian Brass (Soreng Theater) 7:30 pm His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts — Portland (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral) 7:30 pm Canadian Brass (Silva Concert Hall) Sunday, June 29 3 pm  His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts (Beall Concert Hall) Monday, June 30 4:30 pm  Discovery I: Easter Oratorio* (Soreng Theater) 7:30 pm  Paul Jacobs, organ (Central Lutheran Church) Tuesday, July 1 7:30 pm ...


OBF adds Organ Institute to educational mix

  • Nov 13, 2013

The organ — a central instrument in the life and work of J.S. Bach — is now a part of the Oregon Bach Festival’s expanded educational curriculum. [caption id="attachment_10608" align="alignright" width="240"] Organist Paul Jacobs. Photo: Christina Wilton[/caption] The OBF Organ Institute, directed by Grammy-award winning organist Paul Jacobs, takes place June 30-July 5, 2014, and offers organists the opportunity to immerse themselves in the music of Bach and explore technique and interpretation through specialized seminars. In preparation for a final public recital, participants will perform in daily master classes under the direction of Jacobs and Matthew Halls, OBF artistic director....


OBF names Maclary as Master Class Director

  • Oct 22, 2013

Edward Maclary, one of the country’s top collegiate choral conductors and a nationally regarded clinician and educator, has been appointed to direct the Oregon Bach Festival’s Master Class in Conducting. Maclary, who has studied with Robert Shaw and Helmuth Rilling, will lead students through the day-to-day curriculum of the class. Matthew Halls, the Festival’s new artistic director, and Rilling, director emeritus, will serve as master teachers. Maclary is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Maryland School of Music. He maintains an active schedule as guest conductor for choral festivals and honors choirs throughout the...


Vienna Boys Choir November 4 SOLD OUT

  • Sep 5, 2013

Hear one of the world’s most enduring and beloved musical traditions on Monday, November 4 when the Oregon Bach Festival presents the Vienna Boys Choir at 7:30 pm in Beall Concert Hall, sponsored by SELCO Community Credit Union.This concert is sold out.  Begun in 1498, when Emperor Maximilian I included a choir of six boys among his Vienna palace musicians, the choir has survived and thrived over the centuries. Such musicians as Mozart, Salieri, and Anton Bruckner have worked with the choir, and composers Jacobus Gallus and Franz Schubert were themselves choristers. Brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn, members of the choir...