Beginning in 2011, the OBF will save resource costs and offer print text and translations exclusively through online download.

Printed Texts and Translations now by download

  • Jun 22, 2011
With recent upgrades to the viewing system in Beall Concert Hall, the Oregon Bach Festival now projects supertitles for most of the foreign language choral/vocal works in its concerts. By no longer printing text booklets, the OBF will save paper and resource costs. Audience members may elect to download their own copies of the texts for applicable concerts through a page on oregonbachfestival.com. In some cases, the texts can be viewed directly on the screen of a mobile device. Projected supertitles over the stage allow audiences to read the words while they see the performance unfold in front of them. With the concert... read more
Leah Wool takes over lead role in the four-concert tour of Dido and Aeneas

New York mezzo steps up and into Dido role

  • Jun 21, 2011
The Oregon Bach Festival regrets to announce that soprano Golda Schultz is indisposed and will not appear in the title role of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, scheduled for a four-concert tour June 27-30. The Festival is extremely grateful to New York-based mezzo-soprano Leah Wool, who will take over the role of Dido. Wool arrives in Portland June 22 for the start of rehearsals with Monica Huggett, PBO director. Within the last two opera seasons Wool has sung leading roles with Gotham Chamber Opera, Utah Opera, Boston Baroque, and The Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall in... read more
Keep tabs on OBF on the go—including browsing program notes—with our mobile website.

OBF goes mobile

  • Jun 21, 2011
Like to get the lowdown on your smart phone? Check out the Oregon Bach Festival's mobile site, with links to the schedule, venues, and special offers. To use it, use your smart phone or tablet browser to get to http://oregonbachfestival.com. Your device will either automatically detect, or give you the option to tap into the mobile version. Among the features: You can have our concert program notes right in your hand. Select a concert from the schedule, and follow the link to program notes. read more
Check out the graphics for Mozart You Kid You, SFYCA concerts July 2-10

Beautiful ad

  • Jun 18, 2011
I love working with our graphic designer, Alex Wijnen of Defteling Design. Alex works quickly and beautifully, and she captures the mood of the events, as seen in this ad for OBF Kids and family tickets, which appears in the July Family Calendar. Here's a pdf copy of the ad if you'd like to share. : ) - George E read more
Guest conductors Jeffrey Kahane and Matthew Halls are the first of two possible successors to Helmuth Rilling in a process expected to continue for three festivals.

Rilling transition targeted for 2013

  • Jun 16, 2011
EUGENE - The Oregon Bach Festival has announced that Helmuth Rilling, its co-founder and artistic director, will transition into the role of Director Emeritus following the 2013 Festival. OBF Executive Director and President John Evans confirmed the 2013 date after meetings with Rilling earlier this spring. Evans said the succession plan and timeline, which began in spring of 2010, were designed to allow for the OBF's 40th anniversary celebrations, to schedule conducting candidates to perform at the Festival over the next three years, and for Festival audiences to experience Rilling's signature works with him during the coming seasons. The process began in... read more
On Saturday night it's Joan of Arc at the stake, a spectacular movie-like score with actors, choirs, orchestra, vocalists and something called an ondes Martenot.

Video: Joan of Arc preview

  • Jun 15, 2011
Get a sampling of the music to come your way in the July 2 concert of Joan of Arc at the Stake, by Arthur Honegger. Hear insights from conductor Marin Alsop and OBF exec John Evans. read more
Audio: Listen to John Evans and Caitriona Bolster discuss the cello suites of Bach and Britten, and high points of the three programs June 27-July 1 in which they will be performed.

Audio Insights: Bach and Britten Suites

  • Jun 12, 2011
How did it come about that six of Bach's greatest instrumental works of the 18th century—the renowned cello suites—were coupled in three concerts with 20th century solo suites composed by Benjamin Britten? In an interview with Caitriona Bolster of KWAX, John Evans, OBF executive director and a published Britten scholar, reveals the parallels between Bach and Britten, which 20th century master Britten composed his for, and offers further insights into three highlight chamber music concerts of the OBF's first week, must-see events for fans of Bach and the cello. Click to listen At OBF: trailblazing cellist Alban Gerhardt performs nine solo cello... read more
Women of myth, history, and the current world of music reflect the main program theme of this year's Festival.

Key concerts honor female icons, artists

  • Jun 12, 2011
An ancient queen. A medieval warrior. A virgin martyr. Three iconic figures embedded in our culture and our consciousness, these historical heroines have inspired stories throughout the ages, and they play starring roles in this year’s Oregon Bach Festival, from the queen in Dido and Aeneas, to Joan of Arc at the Stake, and an evening of odes to the martyred St. Cecilia. The music invites us to contemplate the fate of these courageous women—and how times have changed for the real-life women who dare to take the lead today in the field of music. Dido and Aenaeas Portland Baroque Ensemble with... read more