Awards Highlight Festival Gala program

  • Jul 17, 2013
In a prelude to the season’s concerts, the Oregon Bach Festival celebrated its 44th season with a program of awards at its successful June 27th gala fundraiser. (Photos: Jon Meyers) John Evans, OBF president and executive director, presented the Silver Baton Award to Jim and Yvonne Wildish of the Wildish Companies, the Eugene–based construction firms. The award recognizes corporations whose cumulative support for the OBF totals more than $100,000.  Jim Wildish acknowledged the role of his brother Tom, a longtime OBF donor and former board chair. “He understood, like Helmuth has done in the world of music, that our job is... read more
Helmuth Rilling conducts the B Minor Mass July 12. Photo: Michael Latz

BachFest PDX builds to B Minor Mass

  • Jul 8, 2013
Exploring Bach’s genius in three musical forms, this week's BachFest PDX concert series builds to his crowning achievement of choral music, the B Minor Mass.  Organ virtuoso Paul Jacobs kicked off the series Sunday night with an all-Bach organ recital that brought the crowd to its feet. Tonight (July 8), the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, the Oregon Bach Festival’s national high school choir, offers a variety of classical music and classic choral works. Monica Huggett and the Portland Baroque Orchestra perform four of Bach's treasured instrumental works in the First Baptist Church on Tuesday. Related to the OBF series, the... read more

Program for July 6 premiere of "Alleluia"

  • Jul 7, 2013
As the surprise ending to Saturday night's Passing of the Baton concert, Matthew Halls conducted the World Premiere of Alleluia by James MacMillan, commissioned by the OBF for Helmuth Rilling's 80th birthday. Here are the program pages, with MacMillan's inscription from his manuscript, program note, and his bio. read more
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Stage seats now on sale for Midori July 7

  • Jul 5, 2013

A limited number of seats on stage are now on sale for violinist Midori's all-Bach recital Sunday, July 7 at 3 pm in Beall Concert Hall. The concert had been sold out since early June. The chairs are arranged on either side of the Beall stage, and are assigned seats, sold on a  first-come first-served basis at $49 each. Tickets are available online or through the Hult Center Bach's Office, open at noon Friday and Saturday, or call 541.682.5000.

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Video Preview: Passing of the Baton

  • Jul 4, 2013

History will be made Saturday, July 6 when Artistic Director Helmuth Rilling and his successor Matthew Halls share the podium in a concert entitled "Passing of the Baton." Halls and John Evans, OBF executive director and president, preview the music in this video podcast shot and edited by Cal Lewin.

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Happy Anniversaries in OBF's second week

  • Jun 30, 2013
In concerts July 1-3, the Oregon Bach Festival celebrates a remarkable concurrence of master composer anniversaries. Audiences will hear music from Richard Wagner, Benjamin Britten, Giuseppe Verdi, Witold Lutoslawski, Paul Hindemith, and Francis Poulenc across three concerts with outstanding guest artists. The Anniversary Soiree on Monday, July 1 in Beall Hall salutes four 20th century master composers with art songs performed by vocal and instrumental soloists, all accompanied by three outstanding pianists with a backdrop of visual projections illustrating the music’s themes. On Wednesday July 3, husband and wife duo pianists Ya-Fei Chuang and Robert Levin return to Beall Hall. Their... read more
John Evans, Anton Armstrong, Royce Saltzman

SFYCA's Armstrong receives Saltzman Award

  • Jun 28, 2013
EUGENE—On the eve of the Oregon Bach Festival’s 2013 opening, choir conductor Anton Armstrong was awarded the Saltzman Award, the Festival’s highest honor. Director of the Festival’s Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy (SFYCA) since its inception in 1998, Armstrong has directed nearly 900 young singers over the program’s sixteen years. His reputation as a teacher and mentor has enabled the academy to grow into a national program with participants from across Oregon and, in 2013, eleven other states. “Education has always been the heartbeat of the Festival,” said Royce Saltzman, the Festival’s founding executive director and namesake of the award, who... read more
Zenkl and Chern - Czech Mates

Tour Europe with Czech Mates Zenkl and Chern

  • Jun 17, 2013
Czech virtuosos Radim Zenkl and Leo Chern will be teaming up on June 29 at Hult Center's Soreng Theater for an evening of European folk music spiced with a healthy kick of inviting joy and humor. Zenkl and Chern were both born in the Czech Republic city of Ostrava, but didn't meet until they arrived in the United States. Zenkl studied classical piano, singing, and guitar, before eventually triumphing as a U.S. champion mandolinist. He rounds off his multi-instrumentalist title by playing a wide range of flutes from around the world. Chern performed with multiple elite Czech classical groups before founding the folk... read more