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When it's time for end of year giving, consider a membership with the Friends of the Oregon Bach Festival. You'll help produce great music and receive exclusive benefits.

Become a Friend and get Festival benefits

  • Nov 1, 2012
Interested in getting first news of Festival events, first priority of seating, and exclusive ticket discounts? Then now's a great time to become a member of the Friends of the Festival or renew your Friends membership. With a gift of $100 or more, you'll join hundreds of other passionate music lovers whose support is essential to our programs. Please note: the basic Friends membership increase to $125 beginning March 12, 2013. Our donors help us to provide world-class productions, artistic performances, and educational programs year after year. Ticket sales, fees, and the University of Oregon fund about 50 percent of our annual budget... read more
Pianist Wu Han speaks with Caitriona Bolster about Sunday's ChamberMusic@Beall concert that features her husband, cellist David Finckel, and four great sonatas.

Audio: Interview with Wu Han

  • Oct 30, 2012
Preparing for the November 4 ChamberMusic@Beall concert that will feature four fantastic cello-piano works, pianist Wu Han spoke with Caitriona Bolster of KWAX in an Artsline interview that aired October 26. Wu Han and her husband David Finckel were named Musical America's 2012 Musicians of the Year. "It's a very progressive program," she said of the concert, which includes works by Beethoven, Brahms Debussy, and Shostakovitch. "It gives you a wide range of the duo repertoire that really pushed the genre forward." Part 1—What it's like being "America's power couple of Chamber music" (Wall Street Journal) Part 2—Inside the November program of... read more
Matthew Halls replaces the indisposed conductor Sir Roger Norrington in an all-Mozart program with Robert Levin October 26 in Moscow.

Halls Steps in for Moscow Mozart

  • Oct 22, 2012
Matthew Halls, OBF artistic director designate, has answered an emergency call to conduct the Moscow Chamber Orchestra the Musica Viva for an October 26 concert in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. Matthew replaces the indisposed conductor Sir Roger Norrington in an all-Mozart program featuring keyboard soloist Robert Levin. It will be Matthew's first collaboration with the frequent OBF guest soloist and lecturer. The program includes Mozart's Symphony No 33, Piano Concerto No. 20, and Symphony No 36, the "Linz," and is available via the World Concert Hall's Live Stream service. After Moscow, Matthew makes his way back to Eugene, where he'll conduct choirs from... read more
Helmuth Rilling will add the Martin Luther Medal to his many honors. It will be presented to the conductor by the German Evangelical church October 31 in Leipzig.

Rilling to receive Martin Luther medal

  • Oct 17, 2012
OBF artistic director and conductor Helmuth Rilling has been named to receive the Martin Luther Medal of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). Helmuth will be honored for his life's work in spreading the message of the four Gospels through the medium of music, and for promoting the music of Johann Sebastian Bach worldwide. Helmuth is the seventh winner of the medal, which was first awarded in 2008 and will be awarded annually until 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, sparked by the 1517 posting of Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses. The medal will be awarded at the... read more
Our thanks to audiences, production staff, and especially the Juilliard Quartet for patiently overcoming an unexpected delay in Sunday's chamber series concert.

JSQ show goes on, with thanks

  • Oct 15, 2012
[caption id="attachment_9637" align="alignright" width="240"] The Juilliard String Quartet: Ronald Copes, Joel Krosnick, Joseph Lin, Samuel Rhodes. Photo by Steve Sherman.[/caption] The road to Sunday's ChamberMusic@Beall concert had its share of bumps and detours, but in the end led to a bravura performance by one of our treasured ensembles. Our thanks to the audience members, Beall Hall production staff, and ticket sellers for bearing with us in an unexpected delay. Mechanical problems stranded two of the quartet members at the Denver airport and forced an hour delay of the concert. Violinist Joseph Lin and cellist Joel Krosnick landed in Eugene at 3:15, arrived... read more
Video: Beethoven's revolutionary Grosse Fuge caps Sunday's concert by the brilliant Juilliard String Quartet.

Wild Beethoven featured in Sunday's finale

  • Oct 9, 2012
Had Beethoven flipped his Lud-wig? Listeners first thought so when they heard the Grosse Fuge, one of the composer's most notorious, wildly complex works. Widely scorned by audiences of his day, misunderstood by generations who followed, and only in later times fully embraced for its revolutionary stature, it's the monumental final movement to one of the composer's last string quartets. You can hear it this Sunday, October 14 as the conclusion to the ChamberMusic@Beall performance by the Juilliard String Quartet. "One of the things Beethoven was accused of in his lifetime was the he couldn't write a fugue," says the JSQ's... read more
Slideshow: Preview the six-concert ChamberMusic@Beall series, which starts October 14 with the Juilliard String Quartet. Tickets now on sale!

"Masterful" performers spark CMB series

  • Sep 25, 2012
"Unsurpassed" "Uncommon" "Masterful" Are just a few of the adjectives praising this season's lineup of outstanding ensembles in the 2012-13 ChamberMusic@Beall lineup. Click above for the slideshow, accompanied by Mozart performed by the Juilliard String Quartet, and see the story for full details and ticket links. read more