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BachFest PDX builds to B Minor Mass

  • Jul 8, 2013

Exploring Bach’s genius in three musical forms, this week's BachFest PDX concert series builds to his crowning achievement of choral music, the B Minor Mass.

 Organ virtuoso Paul Jacobs kicked off the series Sunday night with an all-Bach organ recital that brought the crowd to its feet. Tonight (July 8), the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, the Oregon Bach Festival’s national high school choir, offers a variety of classical music and classic choral works. Monica Huggett and the Portland Baroque Orchestra perform four of Bach's treasured instrumental works in the First Baptist Church on Tuesday. Related to the OBF series, the Portland Symphonic Choir presents its first Summersings event on Wednesday July 10. Community singers are welcome to attend for an admission price of $10 and sing the B Minor Masswith other area singers under the direction of Kathryn Lehmann.

Helmuth Rilling conducts the B Minor Mass July 12. Photo: Michael Latz

BachFest PDX concert schedule

Bach: B Minor Mass

Friday, July 12, 7:30 pm Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Tickets $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, and Tobias Berndt. Rilling and forces reprise the program July 14 in Eugene as the Festival finale. Read All