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Voxare Quartet appears December 1

  • Sep 5, 2013

The Voxare Quartet appears December 1.[/caption] The ChamberMusic@Beall series continues December 1 with one of the new generation's most acclaimed quartets. A recipient of Chamber Music America’s ASCAP Award, the Voxare String Quartet “jumps on its music with all fours and makes the tussle worth hearing,” says the Washington Post. Firmly rooted in chamber music’s heritage but unafraid to present new works, Voxare offers music by Bartok, Lou Harrison and Mendelssohn in its December 1 concert. Pronounced "vox-AH-ray," the name is the group's own creation, an imagined Latin infinitive of the root word "vox," or voice. Period-instrument performers with a...

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Diverse repertoire marks start of Halls era

  • Aug 22, 2013

Ranging from Monteverdi to Verdi, Bach to Rachmaninoff, and Mozart to Milhaud, the Oregon Bach Festival’s first season under the directorship of Matthew Halls will be as diverse and widespread 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, and other Oregon cities. Among the highlights announced today (August 22) are the world premiere of Halls’ own reconstruction of Bach’s lost St. Mark Passion, completed in collaboration with Zurich-based scholar and organist Dominik Sackmann. In contrast to Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, pillars...

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Ovations, Honors Conclude Rilling Era

  • Jul 21, 2013

With a packed house in Silva Hall for Sunday’s performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass, the Oregon Bach Festival and Eugene community concluded an era of artistic leadership—the final concert of conductor Helmuth Rilling’s forty four-year tenure as founding artistic director of the University of Oregon event. In ceremonies following the concert, nearly two thousand audience members in the Hult Center lobby raised a glass in salute as John Evans, OBF president and executive director, announced a new funding initiative in Rilling’s name, focused on education. “From a longtime professional conductor’s master class, to an annual program for advanced high school choral...

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Heavenly Bach B Minor Mass well worth the wait

  • Jul 18, 2013

By James Bash From Northwest Reverb [Full Review] [Excerpt] [caption id="attachment_12419" align="alignleft" width="240"] Tobias Berndt, Nicholas Phan, Roxana Constantinescu, Julia Sophie Wagner. Photo: Caitlin Estes[/caption] Singing with great intensity, the members of the Berwick Chorus of the OBF expressed the text and music of the Mass with superb dynamics, achieving super-soft pianissimos and robust fortissimos. One of the hallmarks of this choir is its excellent diction and balance between all parts, and in this performance, the singers excelled in both areas to such a degree that the supertitles were practically unnecessary. Fleet passages, such as when the sopranos sang “Et...

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Rilling takes final bow with B Minor Mass

  • Jul 17, 2013

By Marilyn Farwell From The Register-Guard The last night of the Oregon Bach Festival is always special. A large work usually caps the fortnight of intense music making; the musicians are exhausted, nostalgic and yet energized; and the audience is prepared for what is often the highlight of the season. Sunday afternoon’s presentation at the Hult Center of J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass, with Helmuth Rilling at the helm, had all of these elements and more. As the last concert of Rilling’s 44-year tenure as artistic director of the festival, it was not simply a concert but an inspired event,...

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Hohenstaufen Quartet is fine finale for Rilling

  • Jul 15, 2013

Terry McQuilkin From The Register-Guard July 15, 2013   It was fitting that the final chamber music concert of the 44th Oregon Bach Festival — Helmuth Rilling’s last as artistic director —featured two members of the Rilling family. The Hohenstaufen Quartet (named after the family’s hilltop retreat) includes Helmuth’s daughters, violinist Rahel and violist Sara Rilling, and a pair of brothers, violinist Gabriel and cellist Dávid Adorján. Only two compositions were on the agenda the quartet brought to the University of Oregon’s Beall Concert Hall on Saturday evening, both of them very much part of the standard repertoire, which wasn’t...