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 piano and associate director of Jazz Studies at University of Oregon.  

Finally, don't miss the award winning Calgary Girls Choir performing Saturday, July 6. Appearing alongside CGC is the Immaculate Heart of Mary Children's Choir. 

All On The House events take place at 1 pm in the Hult Center Lobby, and sponsored by Oregon Urology Institute. Moderated by Eugene's Ambassador for the Arts Fred Crafts, Let's Talk is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the key OBF players in a Q & A session. OBF co-founder and  Artistic Director Helmuth Rilling is up first on Monday, July 1. Premier violinist Chee-Yun follows on Monday, July 8, and the series concludes with OBF Artistic Director Designate Matthew Halls on Friday, July 12. All three sessions take place at noon in Hult Center's Soreng Theater. Let's Talk is sponsored by Allergy & Asthma Center, P.C. Don't miss a special PICCFEST Salute Saturday, July 6 at 6:30 pm in the Hult Center Lobby. This short and sweet 20 minute performance features 250 kids and is the perfect prelude to the evening's headlining performance, Passing of the Baton. Take a midday break and join us for music from the king of instruments. Elway Stewart-Cook commences our Organ Interludes series Tuesday, July 2.  


Julia Brown leads the second leg Tuesday, July 9, and Michael Kleinschmidt concludes Thursday, July 11. All shows take place at noon at Central Lutheran Church. Thanks to Lee Kersten, Attorney at Law, for sponsoring. For an enlightening lecture from an international authority on Bach, join Christoph Wolff on Wednesday, July 10 for his Hinkle Distinguished Lecture. This event takes place at Soreng Theater at 1 pm. Inside Line is a series of pre-concert talks designed for you to discover insights and context. Linda Hathaway Bunza introduces the Missa Solemnis Friday, June 28 in the Soreng Theater. Stephen Rodgers preps you for the Anniversary Soirée Monday, July 1 at the UO School of Music. Portland Opera's Christopher Mattaliano introduces A Night at the Opera Tuesday, July 2 and Linda Hathaway Bunza returns for the Mozart/Beethoven concertos Monday, July 8, both in Soreng Theater. All talks begin at 6:30 pm and are sponsored by The Duck Store.

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