1980: A Model Citizen
Leading up the start of the 40th Anniversary of the Oregon Bach Festival, we are taking a brief look at each year of the festival over the course of the next 40 days (41, to be precise). But we could not do it without a little help. On the occasion of the Oregon Bach Festival silver anniversary, Marian C. Donnelly compiled a history of the first 25 years. For the next couple of weeks, we will be graciously pulling excerpts from her work, The Oregon Bach Festival 1970-1994.
A little over a year earlier, "All In The Family" ended its historic run on television.
But 1980 ushered in a historic year, and second decade, for the Festival…by keeping it all in the family:
"…the Master Classes in Choral Conducting again focused on eight Bach cantatas…The St. John Passion, also performed in Portland, provided one major choral concert. The other concerts consisted of works by the Bach Family: J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 140, 'Wachet auf,' C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat and J.C.F. Bach's motet 'Wachet auf.'"
With such a large, and expanding family, the Festival needed a bigger home (or second home to Beall Concert Hall):
"The souvenir program now carried advertising and included an exciting illustration: a photograph of the model for Eugene's Hult Center for the Performing Arts, scheduled for completion in 1982."
Those were the days.
Tomorrow: 1981 - Summer Festival of Music
You can purchase your tickets to the 2010 Oregon Bach Festival here.
And for a more extensive history of the Festival, you can find it here.