Check out Joshua Bell's interview on All Classical's "Northwest Previews" program. then make plans to attend the concert in Portland Saturday night.

Joshua Bell interview: NW previews

  • Jun 28, 2012
[caption id="attachment_6730" align="alignleft" width="123" caption="Joshua Bell performs in Eugene and Portland June 29-30"][/caption] Click on to All Classical for an on-demand interview with Joshua Bell on the regular program Northwest Previews. Christa Wessel and Joshua have a wonderful conversation, with insights to the Mendelssohn concerto Joshua will play in Portland this Saturday June 30. Click for details or to order tickets. Here's how to listen: Visit All Classical.org's audio player Click the button "on demand" Scroll down to NW Previews. Click "This Week." Listen and enjoy! read more
Helmuth Rilling and violinist Joshua Bell kick off a full weekend of concerts in Eugene, Portland, Astoria, and Corvallis, including Pink Martini at the Cuthbert July 1

Mendelssohn, Pink Martini light opening weekend

  • Jun 28, 2012
The Oregon Bach Festival officially launches its 42nd season Friday night June 29 in Eugene's Hult Center with a sold-out concert of great works by Mendelssohn, conducted by Helmuth Rilling and featuring violinist Joshua Bell. [caption id="attachment_6220" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Thomas Lauderdale and Storm Large of Pink Martini. Photo: James Chiang"][/caption] On Saturday night at 7:30 pm, the Mendelssohn program is presented in Portland in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, tickets are still available. Also Saturday, Portland Baroque Orchestra performs the Goldberg Variations on Strings in conjunction with the Astoria Music Festival. The same concert is performed in Corvallis on Sunday. The music moves outdoors... read more
New! View all the great features of our 120-page guide in a new online edition. Traditional print publication on sale for $5 each at the concert hall.

Program Book: Purchase, download, or view online

  • Jun 25, 2012
The Oregon Bach Festival's sumptuous and colorful annual Program Book, a 120-page guide filled with informative stories, notes, bios, donor credits, and the attractive ads of generous business supporters, is now available to you in a number of ways. New! For an interactive viewing experience, cruise the complete program book online on just about any computer. Flip easily between sections and pages. Zoom in and out, or click links to locate the websites of businesses who support us. If you prefer, print out individual program pages, notes, and song texts at home ahead of your concert, enjoy reading on your own time,... read more

Tenor Nicholas Phan 11th hour sub for Wortig

  • Jun 25, 2012
[caption id="attachment_8304" align="alignright" width="216" caption="Nicholas Phan"][/caption] Rising-star tenor Nicholas Phan, just finishing a season in which he made his role debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Atlanta Opera and his New York Philharmonic debut in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, will sing the Evangelist role in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and six other concerts with Helmuth Rilling and the Oregon Bach Festival June 29-July 15 as a substitute for Dominik Wortig, who has cancelled due to illness. This will be the second time that Phan has come to Rilling’s rescue. At Carnegie Hall in February 2009, Phan was... read more

OBF Cinema: Soaring athletes, enigmatic genius

  • Jun 10, 2012
Beginning June 30, the Oregon Bach Festival’s Cinema series delves into the music and community’s culture through the medium of film. Partaking in the glory of the Olympic Track and Field Trials hosted by Eugene this June, OBF Cinema gets a running start with We Grew Wings, a documentary about the University of Oregon’s female athletes who revolutionized the world of track and field in 1985 with performances equal to those of the more famous “Men of Oregon.” Today, the internationally known “Woman of Oregon” continue to soar to new heights. Presented in association with the Olympic Track and Field... read more
From our Great Moments in Music series in 2004, a six-minute overview of the St. Matthew and its place in history, which aired on KWAX.

Audio Archive: St. Matthew Passion

  • Jun 5, 2012
St. Matthew Passion Reflections on the St. Matt, from Good Friday in Leipzig to movie soundtracks. read more
SFYCA soloists and many others offer a little of the Power and Passion of the Festival at no cost to you!

Free Events: A sampling of the Festival's best

  • Jun 4, 2012
Each year, the Oregon Bach Festival presents an array of inspiring, passionate and talented artists to the local community. With free community events happening throughout the Festival, you will have bountiful opportunities to fully experience and connect with the artists and music. St. John's Boys' Choir will perform in PICCFEST as a part of On The House, June 30 The free events begin at the first down beat of the Festival with the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 29 at 6:45 PM in the Hult Lobby. The 300 singers of the Pacific International Children’s Choir, made up of children from both the... read more
Sample the music and learn about the deeply moving choral work, A Child of our Time, concerts July 6-7, conducted by Matthew Halls.

Video Preview: A Child of our Time

  • May 29, 2012
On July 6 and 7, the Oregon Bach Festival presents its first-ever performance of Michael Tippett's powerful choral work, A Child of our Time. Both concerts, conducted by Matthew Halls, will open with Bach's celebratory Lutheran Mass in G, performed for the first time at the OBF since 1983. "Sir Michael Tippett began A Child of our Time within days of war being declared in Europe in 1939," expresses John Evans, OBF President & Executive Director, in our preview video. "He spent two years at the start of the war working on this oratorio, which was very personal to him." Tippett modeled... read more