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OBF Internships Now Available. We Want YOU!

  • Jan 27, 2011
Intern-ested?  We are looking for seven awesome individuals to join the OBF team and help make our 2011 Festival spectacular. This could be you! Whether you're an undergrad, master's student, or even a post-graduate eager to immerse yourself in all that is OBF, we want your application. All skills sets and levels of experience are welcome. You don't need to be a Bach expert to apply-- just have an honest interest in music festival production, a zest for learning, and plenty of energy for the long days and warm, music-filled evenings. What better way to spend the first half of your summer? You'll get to meet artists, work with the press, manage... read more

Greatest composer of all time? Guess who.

  • Jan 25, 2011
If you haven't already read it, check out Anthony Tommasini's project to name (and rank) the top ten classical composers of all time. The Greatest, he concludes, is J.S. Bach. But then, we knew that. The New York Times' music critic received more than 1,500 comments fomr readers and listeners to enliven the debate - including posts from listeners in Eugene and Seattle. Beyond just the list, fascinating in itself, are the videos in which Tommasini explores the composers and illustrates what makes them great. Here's his video piece on Bach. read more

OBF Nominated for Portland Music Award

  • Jan 20, 2011
[caption id="attachment_3241" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Helmuth Rilling on the Portland stage, 2008."][/caption] The Oregon Bach Festival is among the nominees for "Outstanding Achievement in Classical Music" at the 4th annual Portland Music Awards. The awards show takes place 6:30 pm, Friday, January 28 at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside in Portland. Tickets are $20. The complete list of nominees in the category:
  • Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • Carlos Kalmar
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Music Northwest
  • Oregon Bach Festival
  • This is the OBF's first nomination in the awards. Nominees in the classical category were voted upon by the listeners of All Classical radio. read more

    OBF's Elijah broadcast Saturday

    • Dec 17, 2010
    [caption id="attachment_3067" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Elijah, Helmuth conducts. Photo by Jon Meyers."][/caption] If you're around a radio (or computer) on Saturday night and would like to add some Old Testament oomph to your holiday season, tune in to KWAX-FM at 8 pm Pacific Time for a broadcast of Mendelssohn's Elijah, taped July 11 as the final concert of the 2010 Oregon Bach Festival. This was the one that reviewer Terry McQuilkin of The Register-Guard said "proved a satisfying and memorable closer." I'd go a little further and say it exploded off the stage, especially with Thomas Quasthoff as Elijah and the tremendous OBF... read more