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What Anton did for his summer vacation

  • Aug 27, 2010
This report from St. Olaf, where Anton Armstrong, a '78 alumni, is the Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Professor of Music and conductor of the St. Olaf Choir. Also known as conductor of our Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, Armstrong is working with singers from around the world this week at the 22nd Zimriya World Assembly of Choirs in Israel. Armstrong is one of seven guest conductors — and the only one from the United States — at the assembly, which began August 16 at the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus overlooking Jerusalem. He is leading 100 singers from Israel, Germany,... read more

Wanted: String Teachers

  • Aug 23, 2010
Our good friends over at Arts Umbrella (in Eugene) are hiring part-time teachers to teach in its String Academy program, a collaboration with local school districts to provide beginning instruction on violin, viola, cello, or bass to 4th and 5th grade students. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree in music and experience teaching elementary strings in a classroom setting with at least 15 students.  And it pays! salary: $35/hour. To find out more, write to Myra Tam or call 541-484-0473. read more

Pagliacci and Carmina in PDX - OBF fans save 25%

  • Aug 20, 2010
Portland Opera presents PAGLIACCI/CARMINA BURANA September 24, 26, 30, and October 2, 2010 in Portland's Keller Auditorium. OBF fans can SAVE 25% off single ticket prices for the Fri. Sept 24 and Sun. Sept 26 performances. Offer good through Friday, September 3, 2010. To redeem this offer please reference the password ARTS and call: 503-241-1802 M-F/9-5. Or order online: http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/l4snlv Begin with PAGLIACCI—one of Opera's most powerful punches! Canio the clown always has townsfolk chuckling as the cuckold in the traveling play. But when his wife has eyes for another man—in real life—fantasy and reality collide in a fury of passion. And end with... read more

Gala Video 7: Helmuth Rilling on 40 Years

  • Aug 4, 2010
The July 3, 2010 gala concert was the high point of the Oregon Bach Festival's 40th anniversary celebrations. A series of videos bridged the thirteen musical numbers and served to cover set changes. Each of the eight videos focused on an aspect of the OBF's history or mission. In this video, Helmuth Rilling offers personal reflections on the Festival's first 40 years of audiences, artists, and achievements, and acknowledges the leadership of Royce Saltzman and John Evans in reaching its stature. The 40th anniversary videos were produced by Pushplay Productions, Eugene. Special thanks to Oregon Public Broadcasting and Alex Richanbach for his... read more

Gala Video 6: Thomas Quasthoff

  • Aug 2, 2010
The July 3, 2010 gala concert was the high point of the Oregon Bach Festival's 40th anniversary celebrations. A series of videos bridged the thirteen musical numbers and served to cover set changes. Each of the eight videos focused on an aspect of the OBF's history or mission. This segment profiles Thomas Quasthoff, a longtime friend and musical associate of OBF Artistic Director Helmuth Rilling, who made his American debut at the 1995 Oregon Bach Festival. The bass-baritone Quasthoff has since become one of the most heralded singers of his generation. Our thanks to Oregon Public Broadcasting's Art Beat program and... read more

Gala Video 5: Celebrate the Future

  • Jul 30, 2010
The July 3, 2010 gala concert was the high point of the Oregon Bach Festival's 40th anniversary celebrations. A series of videos bridged the thirteen musical numbers and served to cover set changes. Each of the eight videos focused on an aspect of the OBF's history or mission. "Celebrate the Future" reviews the Festival's two main educational components: the conducting master class and the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. Included are views of how Rilling imparts technical instruction in the class, and a 2005 interview with Lisa Forkish, the first alumni of the YCA high school choir who went on to... read more

Passed away on this day in 1750

  • Jul 28, 2010
Here are five minutes of reflection for J.S. Bach, who died on this day in 1750. As OBF fan Tom Phinney says, if you're 65 1/4, you've lived longer than JSB. (Helmuth Rilling conducts the OBF chamber orchestra) read more