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Audio: Chi-chi Nwanoku KWAX interview preview

  • Feb 12, 2013
Nigerian-Irish bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, one of the leading players in the world of period instrument performance, comes to Beall Hall with Monica Huggett and Portland Baroque Orchestra this Sunday, February 17 for music by Haydn, Mozart and others spotlighting the double bass. Listen to excerpts of this interview with Caitriona Bolster of KWAX to learn more about the concert program and how a 5-foot tall woman came to embrace one of music's biggest instruments. The full interview airs Wednesday Feb 13 at approximately 11:50 am Pacific Time, listen on the web. Part 1 [audio src="/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/01-Chi-chi-interview-edit1.mp3"] Part 2 [audio src="/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/02-Chi-chi-interview-edit2.mp3"] read more

Bass soloist defies expectations

  • Jan 29, 2013
The double bass is rarely in the spotlight of a classical concert. But that’s one of the unexpected pleasures when violinist Monica Huggett and Portland Baroque Orchestra chamber soloists join Nigerian-Irish double bass virtuoso Chi-chi Nwanoku for music featuring the instrument in a uniquely soloistic role. The ChamberMusic@Beall concert takes place Sunday February 17 at 3 pm in Beall Concert Hall. Listen to her KWAX interview Buy tickets The program numbers five works from the 1780s, the golden age of the double bass. Most of the music emanates from Vienna, where a great flourishing of music for bass led to... read more

Szymanowski wowski

  • Jan 27, 2013
Today's ChamberMusic@Beall concert by the Szymanowski Quartet of Poland was elegant, subtle, deeply textured, nuanced, and an overwhelming crowd pleaser.  Arriving in Eugene Saturday from Hannover, Germany, on the start of  a West Coast tour, the group showed no signs of jet lag in an exquisite two hours that featured quartets by Mendelssohn and Dvorak not usually heard in these types of concerts. But the buzz afterward was about the encore, a lovely three-minute "Melody" by Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk from the score from the film High Pass. Gregorz Kotow, the quartet's second violinist, said the song will be included on the Szymanowski... read more

Audio: Szymanowski and music on the border

  • Jan 25, 2013
In advance of Sunday's ChamberMusic@Beall concert, violinist Grzegorz Kotow of the Szymanowski Quartet explains how the program's late works by Mendelssohn and Dvorak and an early piece by Karol Szymanowski were "on the border" of their eras as the composers searched for new means of expression. Interview excerpt courtesy KWAX and Caitriona Bolster. [audio src="/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/SzymanowskiquartetMP3.mp3"] [caption id="attachment_10294" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Szymanowski Quartet. Photo: Marco Borggreve[/caption] read more

Master Class deadline approaching

  • Jan 25, 2013
The deadline to apply for the 2013 conducting master class is approaching. All required audition material must arrive at the OBF office by February 15. Up to 12 selected conductors will be notified by March 1 with the entire roster set by mid-March. From June 27 – July 10, the Master Class in Conducting offers conductors the unique opportunity to further develop their craft while studying under the direction of world-renowned Bach expert Helmuth Rilling and a staff of distinguished professionals. Class participants receive hands-on training and attend specialized workshops in preparation to conduct the OBF orchestra, chorus and soloists... read more

Auditions coming soon for SFYCA

  • Jan 15, 2013
Calling all high school vocalists! Do you want to improve your singing voice with the help of world-renowned professionals? Perform in the beautiful Hult Center with 85 of the best singers in the country? This can all happen with the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, taking place June 27-July 9 during the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival.Now is the time to prepare for auditions! The SFYCA offers choral singers the opportunity to enhance their musicianship, attend OBF’s major concerts, and create unforgettable friendships while developing their creative talents.During the two-week program, students will work under the direction of Anton Armstrong, director... read more
'Tis the season for performances of Messiah. KWAX airs Helmuth Rilling's performance with the NY Phil, and Matthew Halls guests this week with the Houston Symphony.

OBF conductors lead yule Messiahs

  • Dec 18, 2012
OBF conductors Helmuth Rilling (on radio) and Matthew Halls (live in Houston, Texas) can be heard this week in seasonal performances of Handel's Messiah. In Eugene, KWAX radio 91.1 FM (and streaming online) airs the New York Philarmonic's seasonal syndicated broadcast Wednesday, December 19 at 8 pm. Helmuth Rilling conducts the New York Philharmonic in a rousing rendition of Handel's classic, featuring soloists Annette Dasch, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; James Taylor, tenor; and Shenyang, bass, along with the Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart. Matthew Halls, OBF artistic director designate, conducts the Houston Symphony, chorus, and soloists in four performances Thursday-Sunday December 20-23. Thursday's concert... read more
Video: Three OBF artists share their views on "passion and possibilities" in a new video released by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

OBF featured in Cultural Trust videos

  • Dec 13, 2012
The Oregon Bach Festival figures prominently in a new series of videos released by the Oregon Cultural Trust to promote contributions during the year-end giving season. In the Festival segment, baritone Aaron Cain, gamba player Joanna Blendulf, and organist Julia Brown share their views on the OBF's "passions and possibilities." Beautifully shot and recorded, it's one in a series that highlights the trust's role as our state’s cultural champion, developing and sustaining the arts, heritage, and humanities that keep Oregon vibrant, healthy and alive. Donors to the trust who are Oregon residents receive a unique benefit: when they give an amount that... read more