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This week we take a look at OBF's tribute to Joan of Arc and the many ways her story has been told in both the high, and slightly lower, arts. Plus, the mystery of Yo-Yo Ma's connection to Led Zeppelin revealed!

Ahhhh, Bach . . . "Sound and Vision"

  • May 11, 2011
A Slightly Askew View of the Oregon Bach Festival. SOUND + VISION This week we focus our attention on Joan of Arc and the manifestations of her life and death in both high - and slightly lower - culture. It's part of OBF's "In Praise of Women" celebration honoring the many contributions women have brought to art and continue to bring to our everyday lives, from renowned musicians and conductors to historical figures and inspirational muses. Did we mention apple pie? Because we really do appreciate the apple pie. Which reminds us, you didn't forget Mother's Day, did you? We thought not. SOUNDS... read more
Our new blog takes a slightly askew look at the ephemera and quirky pop culture tie-ins that can connect great art with everyday lives.

Ahhhh, Bach . . .

  • May 4, 2011
A Slightly Askew View of the Oregon Bach Festival. AN OVERTURE Welcome to the Ahhh, Bach blog. This first, tentative entry is a simple overture, an invitation to follow our weekly ruminations relating to this year's Oregon Bach Festival. What qualifies us to write a blog for OBF? Virtually nothing. In fact, our knowledge of classical music is largely limited to "Stairway to Heaven." But as you'll see in the quiz at the end of this post, that's really the whole point. Just as we can savor a glass of Willamette Valley pinot noir despite the fact that our palate is of insufficient sophistication... read more
Audio clip: For the Easter weekend, a six-minute story from our 2008 KWAX series "Great Moments in Music."

Great Moments archive: St. Matthew Passion

  • Apr 22, 2011
Audio clip: For the Easter weekend, we've gone back to our 2008 KWAX series archive "Great Moments in Music" for reflections on the St. Matt, from Good Friday in Leipzig to movie soundtracks. read more
Follow the links for reviews to Helmuth Rilling's performances in Dallas, TX.

Standing ovations for 'Messiah' and Rilling

  • Apr 21, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4065" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Photo: Michael Latz"][/caption] Helmuth Rilling, the Oregon Bach Festival's artistic director and principal conductor, made his Dallas debut this past weekend, leading the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in four delightful performances of Handel's 'Messiah.' Although the piece is usually associated with Christmas, it was composed as an Easter oratorio, making it even more appropriate for this Easter season. Joining him on stage was another OBF artist, soprano Robin Johannsen. She will perform at this year's Festival in several performances, including the June 23 opening night concert with Yo-Yo Ma and the six-part concert/lecture Discovery Series. Thursday night's full... read more
Schedule change for Helmuth Rilling's 4:30 Discovery Series lecture-concerts groups the St. Michael and Reformation cantatas.

Cantata concert schedule changed

  • Apr 13, 2011
Schedule changes have been made to the cantatas conducted by Helmuth Rilling in the Discovery Series. The revised schedule groups Bach's St. Michael cantatas and Reformation cantatas on successive concerts. BWV 50 has been moved to the June 29 program with BWV 130. Cantata BWV 149 has been moved from July 8 to July 1, with BWV 79 moved to July 8. See our Discovery Series page to review the overall schedule and read capsule descriptions of each cantata. read more
In its first-ever Ashland concert June 29, the Oregon Bach Festival presents Monica Huggett, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, soloist Golda Schultz, and "Dido and Aeneas."

OBF debuts in Ashland June 29

  • Apr 8, 2011
On Wednesday, June 29, the Oregon Bach Festival continues its statewide reach with its first concert in Ashland, Oregon since 1978 . The showcase of the concert is Henry Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas, the tragic love story of a queen both admired and punished for her power. Performed by the Portland Baroque Orchestra with the Festival chorus and vocal soloists, it takes place in the Southern Oregon University Recital Hall in Ashland at 7:30pm. Tickets are now on sale. One of the earliest English operas, Purcell's 17th century work Dido and Aeneas is one of the best known. It reflects the Festival’s main... read more
Excerpts and links to reviews of Helmuth Rilling's appearance with the Chicago Symphony

Chicago raves for Elijah with Rilling

  • Mar 14, 2011
Helmuth Rilling, the Oregon Bach Festival's artistic director and principal conductor, led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a wildly successful weekend of performances of Mendelssohn's Elijah. The engagement coincided with the American Choral Directors Association national conference. Here are links to reviews. // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ oz_sensor_filter="domain"; // ]]> CSO presents beautiful pairing of leader, chorus in ‘Elijah’ "...this was another of those one-of-a-kind evenings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall...it’s doubtful that a performance at this level will be coming around again any time soon." —Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times CSO electrifying with Mendelssohn's... read more