BachFest PDX explores composer’s genius

  • Mar 11, 2013
The classical concert series BachFest PDX returns to Portland July 7-12, 2013 to explore Bach’s genius in three musical forms: the majesty of his organ works; the wizardry of his dance-inspired instrumental music; and his crowning achievement of choral music, the B Minor Mass. [caption id="attachment_10608" align="alignright" width="240"]p9-0705-Jacobs,Paul-ChristinaWilton Paul Jacobs performs July 7. Photo: Christina Wilton[/caption] Among the featured artists are conductor Helmuth Rilling with the Oregon Bach Festival chorus, orchestra, and soloists; organ virtuoso Paul Jacobs; and the Portland Baroque Orchestra with Monica Huggett and special guest Matthew Halls, who becomes the Festival’s next artistic director later this year. A performance by the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, the Oregon Bach Festival’s national high school choir, completes the four-concert Portland series, in its sixth season. BachFest PDX tickets go on sale Tuesday March 12 to contributing Friends of the Oregon Bach Festival, May 14 to the broad public. The Oregon Bach Festival is a program of the University of Oregon, and its BachFest PDX is sponsored in part by All Classical radio. For more information see www.bachfestpdx.comor call 800-457-1486.

BachFest PDX concert schedule

Paul Jacobs All-Bach organ recital

Sunday, July 7, 5:30 pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Tickets $21 advance, $28 door The only organ soloist ever to receive a Grammy Award (2011), Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when he performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach in an 18-hour non-stop marathon. Here he takes to Trinity’s magnificent Rosales organ for seven of Bach’s most challenging keyboard works.

Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy

Monday, July 8, 5:30 pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Tickets $10 The 90 singers of this national choral training program offer choral classics including O Schone Nacht by Brahms, Turn the World Around by Harry Belafonte, Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb with Trinity organist Michael Kleinschmidt, and Make our Garden Grow from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf College directs the choir.

PBO, Huggett, Halls, and Bach

Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 pm First Baptist Church Tickets $49, $38, $29 Among Bach’s wizardly works performed by violinist/director Monica Huggett and her Portland Baroque Orchestra are the beloved Orchestral Suite No 3, with its famous Air, and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, with its near-superhuman harpsichord solo. Guest soloist Matthew Halls’ 2012 Linn Records CD of Bach’s harpsichord concertos was a BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Month.

Bach: B Minor Mass

Friday, July 12, 7:30 pm Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Tickets $78, $65, $53, $42, $29 Helmuth Rilling, one of the world’s renowned Bach interpreters, cofounded the Oregon Bach Festival in 1970. He concludes his tenure as artistic director with the B Minor Mass, the grand and glorious summation of Bach’s life, faith, and craft. Fronting the orchestra and chorus are soloists Julia Wagner, Roxana Constantinescu, Nicholas Phan, Tobias Berndt, and Tyler Duncan. Rilling and forces reprise the program July 14 in Eugene as the Festival finale. #  #  #