CMB welcomes Cypress Jan 22

  • Jan 6, 2012
ChamberMusic@Beall, a joint production of the OBF and UO School of Music and Dance, resumes its season Sunday, January 22, at 3 pm with the Cypress String Quartet, appearing with pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Tickets range from $17-$37, and the concert is part of the Hult Center’s $10 College Tix program. Known for their elegant performances, the Cypress String Quartet has been described as possessing “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion” by Gramophone, and their sound has been described as “beautifully proportioned and powerful” by The Washington Post. The concert program includes Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 4, “Sunrise”; Beethoven’s... read more
The infectious, underlying rhythms of Handel's Messiah are part of its great holiday appeal, says Matthew Halls in an interview for NPR's Morning Edition. Click for links to audio.

Handel, Halls and the holiday fizz

  • Dec 27, 2011
[caption id="attachment_6597" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="A statue of George Frideric Handel, posing with his Messiah transcript, at London's Westminster Abbey. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images"][/caption] It's a tradition almost as familiar as stockings hung by the chimney or presents under the tree: Yuletide performances of Handel's Messiah. For its coverage of the National Symphony's 58th annual Christmas performance the masterwork, NPR's Morning Edition interviewed OBF artistic director designate Matthew Halls, who conducted this year's Washington, D.C. performances. Soprano Keira Duffy was also interviewed. The segment aired Christmas morning, December 25. Although it was his National Symphony debut, Halls estimates that he has performed Messiah several hundred... read more
Get those chestnuts roasting with warm and toasty gift certificates or a holiday CD from the Oregon Bach Festival.

Put Bach in their socks: OBF gift ideas

  • Dec 7, 2011
Looking for a unique gift to make those holidays merry and bright? Or add a tantalizing twinkle to the tinsel and the tree? How about a gift certificate to the Oregon Bach Festival? Or the winter-wonderly sounds of a “Choral Holiday”? Search no further—those gifts are here! OBF Gift Certificates are available in any value (we suggest $25 increments to match our average ticket prices). Certificates can then be redeemed for tickets after March 21, when our 2012 season goes on sale, or during the Festival, June 29-July 15. They can be applied or included in a larger order or used like cash... read more
A search for artist PR materials for visa applications yields an inspiring find.

Unearthed: OBF '09 love letter

  • Dec 5, 2011
It's December in Eugene, which means many things, but most importantly for a few of our staff here at the Oregon Bach Festival, it's visa application time. Every year OBF presents international instrumentalists, ensembles or vocal soloists, who travel many many miles to join us in Eugene. With their incredible talent, world renown, and endorsement by Artistic Director Helmuth Rilling, these artists enhance the caliber and quality of our annual event. Our first step in facilitating their journey is requesting travel papers from the U.S. immigration service—specifically, an "O-1B Visa for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement." The key to these... read more
The OBF conducting maater class is now accepting audition applications. Centered on Bach's St. Matthew Passion, the class combines classroom and concert hall experience in an unequalled opportunity.

OBF Master Class Flyer

  • Dec 1, 2011
The OBF conducting master class is now accepting audition applications. Centered on Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, the class provides up to 12 participating conductors the opportunity to learn first-hand from Helmuth Rilling while conducting the work over the course of four Discovery Series lecture-concerts.


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A contingent of 16 OBF friends and board members shared the celebration on Friday November 11 when Helmuth Rilling received the Herbert von Karajan music prize.

Update: OBF group shares in Rilling celebration

  • Nov 11, 2011
[caption id="attachment_6451" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Friends of the Festival greet Helmuth Rilling on the stage of the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden"][/caption] On Friday November 11, Helmuth Rilling joined the ranks of such artists as Anne Sophie Mutter, Evgeny Kissin, Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Thomas Quasthoff, and the Berlin Philharmonic as a recipient of the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize. The annual award is presented to an outstanding international musician by the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Germany’s largest concert hall. John Evans and 16 members of the Oregon Bach Festival’s Conductor’s Society were in Baden Baden for the festivities, including a ceremonial concert the night of... read more
Audio excerpt of Rufus Müller singing one of the Telemann works on Sunday's ChamberMusic@Beall concert.

Give a listen: Rufus Müller

  • Nov 10, 2011
[caption id="attachment_6284" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Rebel ensemble with Rufus Müller, right"][/caption] Tenor Rufus Müller gets some great press. Here's a sampling: "Among the soloists, the standout was Rufus Müller, easily the best tenor I have ever heard in a live Messiah" The New York Times "This dramatic tenor is everything an oratorio needs—clear, thrilling and dramatic in everything he did." Toronto Star And here's a sampling of why: an excerpt from a recording of the Telemann cantata Was gleicht dem Adel wahrer, on the program for Sunday's concert with the Rebel baroque ensemble (pictured above). From the Capriccio CD "Harmonisches Gottesdienst" with Alfredo Bernardini, oboe;... read more
Early-music spellbinders Rebel with tenor Rufus Müller and oboist Meg Owens present works by Handel, Purcell, Telemann, and Bach November 13.

Rebel leads audiences Out of the Eclipse

  • Oct 27, 2011
The bravura baroque ensemble Rebel (pronounced re-BELL) rolls into Beall Concert Hall November 13 for a concert entitled "Out of the Eclipse: Music of Transformation and Revelation." Leading early-music tenor Rufus Müller and oboist Meg Owens will join the music collective, last in Eugene for a sold-out ChamberMusic@Beall concert in 2009. Among the works within the "transformation" theme are selections from the Georg Frederic Handel operas Agrippina and Samson and the oratorio Jephtha; arias from cantatas by Georg Philipp Telemann; instrumental works by Vivaldi, Purcell, and Bach, and an aria from Bach's St. John Passion. Formed in the Netherlands in 1991, Rebel quickly... read more