Happy Anniversaries in OBF's second week

  • Jun 30, 2013

In concerts July 1-3, the Oregon Bach Festival celebrates a remarkable concurrence of master composer anniversaries. Audiences will hear music from Richard Wagner, Benjamin Britten, Giuseppe Verdi, Witold Lutoslawski, Paul Hindemith, and Francis Poulenc across three concerts with outstanding guest artists. The Anniversary Soiree on Monday, July 1 in Beall Hall salutes four 20th century master composers with art songs performed by vocal and instrumental soloists, all accompanied by three outstanding pianists with a backdrop of visual projections illustrating the music’s themes. On Wednesday July 3, husband and wife duo pianists Ya-Fei Chuang and Robert Levin return to Beall Hall. Their concert features fantasies and “souvenirs” of themes such Wagner and Verdi classics as Tannhäuser, Die Meistersinger, and Aida transcribed into unique arrangements for two and four hands at the keyboards.

Matthew Halls conducts July 2

It’s entitled A Night at the Opera, and it will be a night to remember on Tuesday, July 2 in the Silva Concert Hall. Soprano Tamara Wilson headlines a gala concert of great moments from Verdi, Wagner and Britten. It’s the only full concert that Artistic Director Designate Matthew Halls conducts this season, making it a can’t-miss for Festival fans. Helmuth Rilling explores J.S. Bach's St. John Passion in-depth in the first three of this season's Discovery Series lecture-concerts. Rehearsals this week build up to next Saturday’s pivotal and symbolic Passing of the Baton concert. Helmuth Rilling will conduct the first half before handing the baton to his successor, Halls, who will lead a combined choir of more than 140 singers in profound works by Brahms and Mendelssohn. Hear more about this milestone event. Next week, Bachfest PDX arrives with four concerts in the Rose City July 7-12, culminating in Bach’s B Minor Mass at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. For schedule, tickets, or information call 541-682-5000 or visit our tickets page.