Free Events: 16 ways to get involved

  • Jun 17, 2013
Every summer, Oregon Bach Festival provides a plethora of free concerts, lectures, and pre-concert talks to the community.  This year is no exception, with free events happening almost daily throughout the Festival.  Our On The House concert series kicks off Saturday, June 29 with a performance by the Oregon Percussion Ensemble, sure to delight with their thumping renditions of modern classical percussion chamber music.   The series continues Wednesday, July 3 with the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy soloists showcasing their talents.  Friday, July 5 features Toby Koenigsberg Jazz Trio playing a lively swinging set. Koeningsberg serves as assistant professor of jazz... read more

OBF Cinema: Youthful adventure, majestic opera

  • Jun 12, 2013
Oregon Bach Festival is proud to partner with downtown Eugene's new Bijou Metro for the annual OBF Cinema series, running daily June 21-July 12. Each of the three films features the music of a composer whose music is celebrated in this anniversary season. And each runs daily for a week at 5 pm. Tickets are on sale at the Bijou Metro, 43 W Broadway in Eugene. From June 21-27, enter Wes Anderson's engrossing, deliberate, and truly one-of-a-kind world in Moonrise Kingdom.  The music of Benjamin Britten plays a key role in the journey of two children who fall in love and run... read more
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Midori works with Oregon students in master class

  • Jun 3, 2013
Violinist Midori, renowned as much for her commitment to youth education as for her concert performances, begins her Oregon Bach Festival residency Saturday, July 6 with a free public master class involving four of Oregon’s top young violinists. The master class takes place in Beall Concert Hall at 2 pm, and is free and open to the public. Each student will perform for 30 minutes under Midori’s guidance. Chloe Brown, 14, attends Ashland High School. She is a member of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and is an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has attended many Suzuki workshops and... read more
Hi-Ho Helmuth!

Hi-Ho Helmuth - get the app

  • May 27, 2013
He’s received the Von Karajan Prize, been named an honorary Member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and won a Grammy. And now, Helmuth Rilling has his own App. Just in time for his 80th birthday, the OBF has launched the Hi-Ho Helmuth matching game for the Phone and iPad. Match the many faces of Helmuth in a race against the clock, set to excerpts from the Brandenburg Concertos. And for a breather from the excitement, spring his virtual bobblehead. Best of all, it’s free. On your iPhone or iPad, download the game from the App store and... read more
Matthew Halls previews the July 2 concert "A Night at the Opera" featuring Tamara Wilson singing beloved opera favorites from Verdi, Wagner, and Britten.

Video: Halls previews opera concert

  • May 24, 2013
On July 2 Festival favorite Tamara Wilson headlines a gala concert of great opera themes, including "Pace, pace, mio Dio" from Verdi's La Forza del Destino, his "Ernani! Ernani, involami," Wagner's "Prelude and Liebestod," and arias and interludes from Britten's Peter Grimes. Conductor Matthew Halls offers this preview of the exciting night to come. read more

Midori withdraws from July 8, Chee-Yun steps in

  • May 9, 2013
[caption id="attachment_2992" align="alignleft" width="200"] Midori will perform July 7, but withdraw from the OBF July 8 concert for medical reasons. Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders[/caption] With deep regret, violinist Midori will withdraw from her July 8 Oregon Bach Festival orchestra concert for medical reasons. In place of Bach's violin concerto BWV 1042, Chee-Yun, the Korean-born violinist whose honors include winning the 1989 Young Concert Artists competition, will step in and perform the Mozart “Turkish” violin concerto with the OBF orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Kahane. Midori will still take part in this year's Festival, leading a master class July 6, which is open... read more
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Rilling receives national, local awards

  • May 9, 2013
With his 80th birthday approaching on May 29, Oregon Bach Festival maestro Helmuth Rilling has two more reasons to celebrate. On Tuesday, May 7, the national service organization Chorus America named Rilling as the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award, given to a member whose long-term service to the choral field has furthered the organization’s mission “to build a dynamic and inclusive choral community so that more people are transformed by the beauty and power of choral singing.” “Helmuth Rilling has made an indelible impact on the choral arts," remarked Ann Meier Baker, Chorus America's executive director. "He combines a... read more

OBF tickets now on sale

  • May 4, 2013
Tickets for 2013 Oregon Bach Festival concerts are now on sale for all cities through all box office outlets. The 2013 event June 24-July 14 celebrates Helmuth Rilling’s 80th birthday and honors his 44th and concluding season as artistic director. Rilling, who turns 80 on May 29, conducts Beethoven’s monumental Missa Solemnis as the opening concert, Bach’s St John Passion in four lecture-demonstrations and a full concert, and Bach’s B Minor Mass in Portland and Eugene as the Festival finale. Among the guest artists are violinists Midori and Chee-Yun, pianist/conductor Jeffrey Kahane, the Chuang/Levin piano duo, L.A-based baroque group Bach’s Circle, the Hohenstaufen Quartet (which includes Rilling’s daughters... read more