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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. IMG_0050 [caption id="attachment_11127" align="alignleft" width="240"]Rep. Phil Barnhart greets Royce Saltzman on the floor of the Oregon legislature 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. 3, arranged by OBF trumpeter Brian McWhorter. In his remarks, Rep. Barnhart cited the accomplishments of both men, but emphasized their commitment to education. "Helmuth and Royce have built into the Festival education opportunities at every level from novice to professional," he said, "making our state known throughout the music world as a place where, through music, one becomes enriched, not  just  entertained." "I'm deeply honored," replied Royce, who attended the vote. "In my view this is a wonderful gesture by Phil, and his colleagues John Lively, Nancy Nathanson, Chris Edwards, and Floyd Prozanski to bring to the attention of the whole state the achievements and work done by Helmuth, the University, and all the artists, audiences, donors, and volunteers who have contributed to the Festival." The joint resolutions will next be presented to the state senate for vote and Governor Kitzhaber to be signed into law. See the full text of the resolutions Helmuth Rilling http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measpdf/hcr1.dir/hcr0021.intro.pdf Royce Saltzman http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measpdf/hcr1.dir/hcr0022.intro.pdf Read All