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Berlin Philharmonic Quintet launches CMB Oct 23

  • Oct 15, 2011
In the opening concert of the Chamber Music@Beall series, listeners will have the opportunity to hear rarely-performed music from an ensemble with a long-established pedigree. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is the first permanent wind quintet in the famous orchestra’s rich chamber music tradition. Founded in 1988 during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the ensemble has thrived under the productive and influential leadership of the orchestra’s most recent music directors, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. Its five players (four of whom are original members) regularly astonish audiences with their range of expression, tonal spectrum, and virtuosity. It’s uncommon... read more
The University of Oregon today announced a $10 million gift from alumni and OBF donors Phyllis and Andy Berwick, to be used toward a potential new performance hall.

Berwick $10 million gift to advance new hall

  • Oct 13, 2011
[caption id="attachment_6182" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Jan Lariviere of the UO; Andy and Phyzz Berwick. Photos by Jack Liu."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_6183" align="alignright" width="126" caption="John Evans discussed the hall in context of its use by the OBF"][/caption] Andy and Phyllis "Phyzz" Berwick, OBF major donors and members of the Conductor's Society, today announced a $10 million gift towards a potential new performance hall on the University of Oregon campus. The announcement was made in the EMU building, significant as the spot where Andy met Phyzz back in their UO student days. John Evans, OBF executive director, and Brad Foley, dean of the UO School of Music... read more

OBF exec elected to regional, national arts boards

  • Sep 28, 2011
Oregon Bach Festival President and Executive Director John Evans has been elected to the boards of Chorus America and All Classical Public Media. Chorus America serves more than 1,600 choruses, individuals, and businesses in the U.S. and Canada, providing information, research, leadership development, professional training, and advocacy to help them deliver the best possible contributions to their communities and to the choral art. Its 30 board members represent choruses, funders, universities, and business from across North America. All Classical Public Media operates All Classical 89.9 FM, a nonprofit station with listeners across Oregon and Washington and worldwide over the internet.... read more

Chamber series views 'International Horizons'

  • Sep 7, 2011
From Berlin to Salzburg, from Paris to the American shores, artists in the ChamberMusic@Beall series journey from around the world to perform in the refined acoustics of Beall Concert Hall. While the concerts offer a wide range of instrumentation and repertoire, the excellence of these extraordinary artists never varies. A joint presentation of the Oregon Bach Festival and the UO School of Music and Dance, the six-concert series takes place October 23-March 4. Firmly rooted in one of the great classical music traditions, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (October 23) will astonish you with their range of expression and tonal... read more

OBF Names Halls as Artistic Director

  • Aug 24, 2011
Eugene, Oregon—The Oregon Bach Festival announced today the appointment of 35-year-old British conductor and keyboardist Matthew Halls as its next artistic director. Halls will assume artistic leadership after the 2013 season, succeeding Helmuth Rilling, the founding artistic director from Stuttgart who will remain with the University of Oregon event as director emeritus. In his announcement, John Evans, OBF president and executive director, said that Halls was the ideal candidate at the right time. [caption id="attachment_5919" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Photo: Steven Page"][/caption] “In Matthew, we found a candidate who has it all,” said Evans, “a range of repertoire well-matched to the programming... read more
In his July KWAX Artsline interview, the artistic director designate talks about Bach, his commitment to education, and interests off the podium.

Audio: Matthew Halls Interview

  • Aug 24, 2011
Want to know more about the OBF artistic director designate? Here's an edit of Matthew's excellent interview with Caitriona Bolster of KWAX last summer. Learn about his experience with Bach ("always been a central figure in my musical life"), commitment to education (both his parents were teachers), and interests off the podium (Italian cuisine, wine, active sports). read more

Festival finishes on record note

  • Jul 20, 2011
[caption id="attachment_5673" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Helmuth Rilling backstage in Silva Hall, moments before conducting Beethoven's 9th in the final OBF 2011 concert. Photo: Jon Meyers"][/caption] Updated July 13, 2011 As Beethoven's Ninth Symphony roared to a close on Sunday July 10, the Oregon Bach Festival could look back on a season in which it reached artistic heights, debuted new projects, and set new box office records for ticket sales, total attendance, and geographic reach. Gate receipts for the University of Oregon program totaled more than $541,000, the third box office record in four years, up 3.7% from 2010, and an increase... read more