The Architecture of Sound- Bach, Bruckner, and Brahms

  • Jun 27, 2015
Three Composers.  Seven Soloists.  One spectacular evening. Thursday July 2, features the performance of a lifetime with a triple whammy of the era’s best Bs. Maximum contrast.  Diversity of style and performing approach.  Prepare to be amazed with the size and sound of Bach, Bruckner, and Brahms, featuring the most talented soloists and musicians of the day, with and an appearance by the talented Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. Tammy Wilson once again appears to sing with a chorus of one hundred and fifty also featuring pieces that include Bach’s Cantata BWV 150, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E... read more

Halls conducts in Moscow

  • Jun 4, 2015

From the Maestro's Travel Diary...



Greetings from Moscow.



This is the legendary Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, rehearsing with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra the other day....



Amazing to see them standing up in the galleries...



and just before concert.



Next stop Eugene!!!!



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A Storm is coming. Are you ready?

  • Jun 1, 2015
Musician. Actor. Playwright. Author. Awesome. Songstress Storm Large, last seen at the OBF fronting Pink Martini at the Cuthbert Amphitheater, returns to Eugene to sing life into the biting and beautifully sardonic world of Weill and Brecht’s Seven Deadly Sins Friday, June 26, at 7:30 pm in Silva Concert Hall. And that’s just the start. Fresh from selling out Portland’s Schnitzer Concert Hall, Storm will captivate OBF audiences with Copland’s Appalachian Spring, a new work by Portland composer Mason Bates, torch songs, American songbook standards done in her fearless style, and a blazing bolt of rock. Special guests Hudson Shad, a New York-based... read more

Arvo Pärt's Ethereal Passio

Pärt’s Passio: music for a contemplative summer night June 28th

  • May 21, 2015
The story is traditional: the Gospel According to St. John. But the approach is ethereal, profound, and, ultimately, captivating: Passio, music for voices and a string quintet by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The music isn’t the only thing that will create a special atmosphere for this later-evening concert, which starts at 9 pm on Sunday, June 28 and takes place without intermission. Audiences will enter at dusk and leave after night falls, in a way mirroring Jesus’ journey into a dark night of the soul. Among the most revered of contemporary composers, Pärt is known for the mystic, meditative, and near-hypnotic quality... read more

OBF Moves to New Office

  • Apr 4, 2015

Check out the view of our new building. Last Monday, March 30 OBF staff started unpacking boxes and settling in at our new office at 1600 Millrace Dr. We are on the second floor of the newly renovated building, come visit us.

A huge thank you to Agate Hall for the wonderful memories we've shared over the last 21 years!

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Maestro's Travel Diary

  • Dec 2, 2014
How many miles has Matthew Halls flown in the last couple of years with British Airways alone? Apparently almost to the moon (which is 238,855 miles)!! If you add up his miles from other airlines, the total is just less than 400,000 miles since he first came to OBF in 2011. Continue reading for his first-hand account of his travel to Australia. Matthew Halls: Excited to be flying for the first time on the new Airbus. Rumour has it they have a bar on the upper deck. That will help to while away the 22 hour flight!     When score study is completed for... read more

Halls to Conduct Veterans Day Concert

  • Oct 27, 2014


Matthew Halls returns for a residency with the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance to conduct the UO Chamber Choir and University Singers. The concert will happen Sunday, November 9 at 3 p.m. and tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office.

Read more about the program at the School of Music and Dance Website.
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Halls debut with Utah Symphony

  • Aug 4, 2014
  Just a few weeks after our Festival concluded, OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls made his Utah Symphony debut, performing last week at the 7,000 ft. altitude Deer Valley Music Festival. The concert began with a intrepid and vigorous performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 96 in D major, followed by the equally dynamic Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 3. "And the orchestra responded with clean, crisp playing and finely tuned articulation. There was good balance among the sections, and the playing was seamless and well crafted," wrote Edward Reichel in his blog. Read the full review of the... read more