Alex Ross is one of the best music writers of our time. The music journalist for the New Yorker and author of the 2007 award-winning history of 20th century music The Rest is Noise, he has just released Listen to This, a collection of essays from the last decade covering music from Schubert to Bjork.
One entire chapter of the book covers the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the next featured ensemble in ChamberMusic@Beall on Sunday, December 5. Ross describes the life on the road for one of America’s most gifted but not necessarily well-known classical ensembles, following them to concerts in... read more
We had a great time at Opus VII tonight announcing the 2011 season. When we think about you as audiences, our slogan around the office is, "trust us to surprise you." Well the biggest surprise is that we were able to keep our 2011 lineup a surprise until tonight.
When the "headline artist" screen of the slideshow displayed Yo-Yo Ma, Marin Alsop, and Miguel, there was a huge and spontaneous "wow" from the gallery crowd. Then when they heard John Evans talk about Matthew Halls, even more amazement - and surprise.
The presentation started with this video, to set the stage:
Then John... read more
Tune in to Performance Today on Tuesday October 19th for three selections of incidental music by 17th century composer Matthew Locke. The works were recorded in Beall Concert Hall during Portland Baroque Orchestra's "Purcell and Shakespeare" concert July 3, 2009.
Matthew Locke: Incidental instrumental music to 'The Tempest'
- The Second Musick: Sarabrand
- The Third Act Tune: Corant
- The Fourth Act Tune: A Martial Jigge
Each of the selections is from the 1674 semi-operatic revival loosely based on Shakespeare's original play. The Locke pieces featured the PBO Chamber Ensemble, directed by Monica Huggett.
The program airs locally on KWAX-FM 91.1 at 6 am... read more
"Helmuth's passion for the music is certainly one reason that so many people enjoy making music under his direction. Another is that he respects his musicians as individuals, and although he challenges them, he demands only as much as they can give."
—Sara Rilling, from her book My Father Helmuth Rilling
Oregon Bach Festival followers were treated to a special gift during the summer of 2010 with the publication of the English translation of My Father Helmuth Rilling. Written by daughter Sara Rilling and published in German in 2008, it's a personal memoir of her father's family life and lifetime of achievements... read more
I can't wait until October 17 and the opening concert of the ChamberMusic@Beall season. The Jerusalem Quartet is first up in the Beall Concert Hall series, and they are about as splendid and shining as a quartet could be. That's probably why BBC magazine called them "as near to perfect as one can possibly find."
The concert is Sunday October 17. To hold me over until concert day I've been playing some of their videos. The only thing that's not perfect about the group is the proportions of their video screens - for some reason the box is squished - but... read more
Jeffrey Kahane, an OBF fan favorite and top-notch pianist and conductor, is recovering from mononucleosis, diagnosed in July.
Jeff withdrew from an appearance with the Oregon Symphony scheduled for October 9-11. David Stabler of the Oregonian published this statement from Jeff's management:
"Mr. Kahane was diagnosed with mononucleosis in early July and ordered by his doctors not to work or travel throughout the summer. Upon further medical consultation, his doctors have advised him that he is not sufficiently recovered to resume his scheduled performance activities but there is every expectation that he should be soon."
We wish Jeff the best for a full... read more
The book Journeying Boy continues to be a runaway success for OBF Executive Director John Evans.
His scholarly edition of the early diaries of the British composer Benjamin Britten enters it third publication phase in October. The book (published by Faber & Faber in the UK) was launched in hardback in November 2009, to rave reviews (excerpt below) and sold out in just three months, prompting Faber to go straight into a paperback edition in the spring. Faber & Faber has now announced that next month Journeying Boy will be made available as an e-Book, marking its third publication format within the... read more
We welcome to the OBF team Lauren Pinchin, the new staff person for Administration and Contracts.
Lauren fills the mighty big sets of shoes left by Penny Hoge. At least one pair of those shoes involves working with the team of OBF Volunteers. Lauren has been learning the ropes from Gail Norris, who served the OBF on an interim basis this past summer and will be back as seasonal staff in 2011.
Lauren was born in Portland, OR and received a Bachelor of Arts in history and psychology from the University of Washington. Prior to the Oregon Bach Festival, she worked for... read more