This past weekend I attended the Oregon Bach Festival’s 40th Anniversary Gala Concert and had a fantastic time (aided by free champagne). As someone who had never attended the OBF before this summer, I amazed at the versatility of the orchestra, the soloists, and even the audience. I came to the festival expecting Bach, Bach, and more Bach. Instead, the Gala (as well as the rest of the festival) featured works by a wide variety of composers, ranging from Bach and Brahms to Gershwin and Kern. I was surprised that the same audience that came for Bach also appreciated Broadway... read more
Among the most exquisite keyboards made, the Fazioli piano—the piano of choice for Jeffrey Kahane and other stars—is available in the Hult Center Lobby for the public to try during the Oregon Bach Festival.
Baldassin Pianos of Salt Lake City has been a sponsor of the OBF, providing Fazioli pianos and service for the past seven years. When Rick Baldassin first heard the Fazioli on a trip to Italy, he knew that they were the finest pianos in the world. The attention to detail, materials, design and execution all surpassed any other piano being produced, and the sound was the most... read more
One thing about working for an organization with the stature and connections of the OBF. When there's a need for a last-minute fill-in, options arise.
First, there was Tamara Wilson knocking socks off with one week's notice as soprano for the opening night of the Verdi Requiem.
Then, on July 1, we learned that, due to illness, Jeff Kahane would have to withdraw from his extensive role as guest artist in five separate concerts.
John Evans and the team made all the calls and emails. And practically on a moment's notice, secured four different performers to take Jeff's place.
Robert Levin and Monica Huggett... read more
Thomas Quasthoff - magnificent tonight, even better than one would imagine. But Jeffrey Kahane could not play; Robert Levin, who already today had delivered a stunning 60-minute lecture without notes and played in two full rehearsals, stepped in and partnered with Thomas for a breathtaking performance of Die Schöne Müllerin. Another one for the OBF history books. read more
In planning the Oregon Bach Festival’s 40th anniversary, the question arose: how could we best commemorate the Festival’s achievements in one memorable concert?
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You’ll see the answer on the night of July 3 in the Anniversary Gala, when more than 200 musicians— including Helmuth Rilling, Jeffrey Kahane, Bobby McFerrin, Anton Armstrong, and Thomas Quasthoff—participate in a salute encompassing works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Beethoven, bridged by video tributes to the people and ideas that forged the Festival’s history.
OBF Executive Director and President John Evans worked with Helmuth Rilling to create the program.... read more
Ok, maybe not China, Thomas and the band members.
But for five bucks you might win this beautiful Pink Martini quilt, handsewn by Corvallis fiber artist Karen Illman Miller. It has the band members’ autographs inscribed on each of the pink fabric martini glasses.
Miller designed the quilt she calls “Singing the Blues” to help mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Corvallis Youth Symphony in 2007 (Pink Martini had performed with the CYS the prior year).
Youth Symphony supporters (and OBF patrons) Jane Huyer and Bob Smith won the quilt in a raffle. Jane, Bob, and Karen agreed to donate the quilt to... read more