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Rilling, Saltzman honored by Oregon legislature

  • Apr 10, 2013
Thursday, April 11 Today in Salem the Oregon House of Representatives unanimously passed joint resolutions honoring Helmuth Rilling and Royce Saltzman in this celebratory OBF year. [caption id="attachment_11127" align="alignleft" width="240"] Rep. Phil Barnhart greets Royce Saltzman and John Evans on the floor of the Oregon legislature[/caption] State representative Phil Barnhart took the occasion of University of Oregon day in the capitol to honor the Festival cofounders in Helmuth's final year as artistic director. As a prelude to the vote, the sounds of Bach echoed through the house floor as the Oregon Brass Quintet played the Gavottes from Bach's Orchestral suite No.... read more
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Audio: Rider's Nicolas Cords KWAX interview

  • Apr 3, 2013
Broooklyn-Rider-shave"We really are in the tradition," says violist Nicholas Cords (left) of the genre-bending quartet Brooklyn Rider, "but a lot of our energy and attention are paid toward music of our time." Cords talks about the group's approach to current projects and its April 7 ChamberMusic@Beall program with Caitriona Bolster of KWAX. [audio src=/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/BrooklynRiderfinal.mp3] read more
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Adventurous Brooklyn Rider arrives April 7

  • Mar 28, 2013
At the time that Beethoven wrote Opus 131 it was considered fiendishly difficult," says violinist Colin Jacobsen of Brooklyn Rider. "When told by the musicians who first played it that it was really difficult, he said 'I'm not writing it for you, I'm writing it for the future." The New York-based quartet, in the final ChamberMusic@Beall concert Sunday, April 7 at 3 pm, may very well emblemize that future. Praised for its “stunningly imaginative” performances (Lucid Culture), the adventurous, intrepid string quartet  combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that continues to attract legions of fans and... read more
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Digital Bach goes deep into the Matthew Passion

  • Mar 21, 2013
In concert, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion takes a listener through a story of betrayal, cruelty, faith, hope, and redemption—the last hours of Jesus’ life. In the Digital Bach Project’s new St. Matthew initiative, a listener can actively plumb the depths of the great musical drama in a nearly limitless multimedia experience. Officially launched on March 21 (Bach’s Birthday) at www.digitalbach.com, the new site incorporates high definition video of conductor Helmuth Rilling’s complete St. Matthew lecture-concerts; poetry, artwork, photography, and scholarship; and a line-by-line animation of the libretto available in 15 languages, set to Rilling’s 1999 recording. The St. Matthew Passion... read more
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OBF tickets now on sale

  • Mar 12, 2013
Tickets for the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival are now on sale to current Friends of the Festival and those who wish to join or renew at the $125 level or above. In 30 concerts and almost 60 total events June 24-July 14 we celebrate Helmuth Rilling’s 44th and concluding season as artistic director. [caption id="attachment_10660" align="alignright" width="240"] Jeffrey Kahane conducts July 8[/caption] Key works include Beethoven's Missa Solemnis; a "Night at the Opera" of works by Verdi, Wagner, and Britten featuring soprano Tamara Wilson and conductor Matthew Halls; and concertos with violinist Midori and pianist/conductor Jeffrey Kahane.  On July 6, Rilling will ceremoniously pass the baton to... read more

New system for “Friends” discount starts March 12

  • Feb 20, 2013
Beginning March 12, current, contributing members of Friends of the Festival get first opportunity to order OBF tickets and an exclusive ticket discount of up to 20% during the Friends priority order period, March 12-April 19. This year, OBF has a new system for online ordering that will automatically calculate your Friends discount and immediately process your order. Current Friends will receive, inserted into their season brochure, a unique ID numberto log on to the new online system. Plan now and watch for the 2013 season brochure in your mailbox, or visit us to order online starting March 12. New minimum... read more

Halls masterful in Toronto

  • Feb 14, 2013
Matthew Halls is conducting Beethoven 9 for the first time in his career this week with the Toronto Symphony. Musical Toronto wrote that Matthew was "masterful" while the Toronto Star said he "captures much of the excitement its first audience must have felt." Here's the Star's full review reprinted in a copyright-approved format. read more