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Explore the Mass in B Minor in a new multimedia, digital environment launched by five collaborators.

Partners, Festival launch Digital Bach Project

  • Jun 27, 2011
It's been called the summation Bach's life work. And now, the B Minor Mass has taken on a new life as on online, immersive, digital experience. At its June 26 Patron Celebration event, the Oregon Bach Festival, for a crowd of 500 donors, musicians, staff, and volunteers, unveiled the Digital Bach Project, a website that promises to connect Bach—and specifically the B Minor Mass—to the wired generation.  The Digital Bach Project houses three key components: Cuepoints, a fully interactive, animated exploration of  the mass that incorporates video, text, audio, and a multidimensional photo facsimile of Bach’s manuscript that unfolds at your control. The... read more
Hear Monica Huggett's interview with All-Classical's northwest previews. Also: coverage in the Oregonian.

On air and in print: Dido and Aeneas

  • Jun 26, 2011
Violinist Monica Huggett, director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra, calls Dido and Aeneas "one of the greatest works by an English composer," and explains why she has chosen to perform modern works by Benjamin Britten on gut strings in an interview with All-Classical's northwest previews. The program is available via streaming audio thru June 30. Huggett leads the Oregon Bach Festival's four-concert tour of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with her PBO ensemble, chorus and soloists June 27-30 in Portland, Bend, and Eugene. Listen to the All Classical interview: Visit http://player.abacast.com/allclassical/allclassical.html At upper right, click “On-Demand” Under “Current Episodes” select Northwest Previews Monica and the PBO... read more
Families familiar to the Oregon Bach Festival received high honors during the June 26 Patron Celebration.

Pepsi, Stangelands receive top Fest honors

  • Jun 26, 2011
[caption id="attachment_5539" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Andy Moore and Helmuth Rilling"][/caption] Families familiar to the Oregon Bach Festival received high honors during the June 26 Patron Celebration. Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Eugene received the Oregon Bach Festival’s Silver Baton award, which acknowledges outstanding support and commitment, recognizing corporations and foundations whose cumulative support over time exceeds $100,000. Under the longtime guidance of the Moore family and the current leadership of Andy Moore and Eric Forrest, Pepsi-Cola Bottling has sponsored major OBF concerts and provided significant in-kind support for two decades. Helmuth Rilling presented the silver baton to Andy Moore, who noted that his parents had the vision... read more
Review: Mark Samples saw expert direction from Jeff Kahane and no trace of ego from superstar Yo-Yo Ma on opening night.

Season opener rises to occasion

  • Jun 26, 2011
From the Register-Guard Monday June 27, 2011 By Mark Samples Though disparate in style and period, the program of the Oregon Bach Festival’s 2011 season opener cast an inspiring picture of the far-reaching and diverse aims of the festival. It began with two Bach masterworks and concluded with “Azul,” a magnificent 21st century cello concerto featuring Yo-Yo Ma. Jeffrey Kahane expertly directed all three works, showing the impressive versatility and artistry for which he is so beloved by festivalgoers. Opening with a piece as frequently played as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 can be dangerous, but the orchestra was light on its feet, and... read more
Listen to this interview to learn more about how massive scores by Debussy, Mahler, and Strauss were reorchestrated for chamber orchestra

Audio Insights: Mahler, Debussy and...the twist

  • Jun 26, 2011
[caption id="attachment_5341" align="alignleft" width="154" caption="Chee-Yun is among the violinists for the June 28 concert"][/caption] In our June 28 chamber music program entitled Mahler and Strauss with a twist we're not referring to a dance. We're referring to the practice of reducing orchestral scores to their essential parts, for 8-14 players, with fascinating results. To learn more, listen to this KWAX interview as John Evans, OBF executive director, sheds light on the cultural and artistic factors that led to this practice. The June 28 concert is conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and features OBF prinicipals and soloists in this repertoire: Claude Debussy Prelude to... read more
The Festival opens with three straight sell outs in its evening series. Read the article for more ticket updates.

Ticket update: Schola, Dido in Eugene sold out

  • Jun 25, 2011
[caption id="attachment_5301" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Monica Huggett and PBO, sold out in Eugene, but tickets available in Portland, Bend, Ashland."][/caption] The Festival launched its opening weekend with sold out performances on its first two nights, and now adds to the list two more sell outs:  tonight's performance of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela in Beall Hall, and the June 30 Dido and Aeneas concert in Eugene with Monica Huggett and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. If you had hoped to catch those concerts, there's still good news, if you're up for a drive: tickets are available for the July 6 performance by the Schola Cantorum... read more
Bob Keefer of the Register-Guard details the scene before and during the Festival opening concert of 2011.

Back to Bach: Yo-Yo Ma opens this year's festival

  • Jun 24, 2011
From the Eugene Register-Guard Friday June 24 By Bob Keefer The Oregon Bach Festival opened Thursday night with a celebrity-fueled sellout crowd as nearly 2,500 music lovers packed the Hult Center’s Silva Hall to hear cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who was making his second concert appearance in Eugene in less than three years. Demand for seats was high. In the hour before the show, would-be concertgoers who hadn’t bought tickets on time haunted the box office, hoping for a miracle, and signed up for any cancellations. In the lobby, a well-dressed Ray Morse held up a hand-written sign: “Young cellist and dad need 1 or 2... read more
Full opening weekend schedule will take audiences on South American journeys and celebrate Bach and Brahms.

Americas, Bach film, Brahms classic highlight opening

  • Jun 23, 2011
[caption id="attachment_5263" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Jeffrey Kahane conducts a rehearsal for opening night"][/caption] In the opening days of the 2011 Oregon Bach Festival, audiences can journey through impressions of South America, be inspired by one of the great choral masterworks, and enjoy some of the best of Bach. Tonight’s opening concert heralds the arrival of the 42nd Festival with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and the celebratory strains of the Magnificat. The music then travels through the evocative worlds of composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul with guest artist Yo-Yo Ma, all under the direction of Jeffrey Kahane, one of two possible candidates as the... read more