Save the ’07 dates, PDQ
[caption id="attachment_3004" align="alignright" width="126" caption="Helmuth Rilling will return for his 38th year as artistic director."][/caption]Who's coming to the Oregon Bach Festival in 2007?
Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, and PDQ: the last (and least) of Bach's musical progeny. Save the dates -- we hope you will come too!
Oregon Bach Festival
June 29-July 15
Brahms GERMAN REQUIEM
Opening night, June 29, showcases this great masterwork, at times tender and consoling, at times thunderous and magnificent.
Honegger KING DAVID
Artur Honegger, French/Swiss composer of the early 20th century, wrote this symphonic psalm in three parts based on the life of King David, the greatest of the kings of Israel. Expect a bravura performance from the Chorus in a dramatic and theatrical staging co-produced by Willamette Repertory Theatre.
In Discovery Series lecture-concerts July 5 & 6 and full performance July 8
While the identity of the "Theresa" in its name is uncertain, its musicality is clear. Haydn blended choir, orchestra soloists, and text in a great masterwork, the next in our Haydn CD recording project.
Beethoven: MISSA SOLEMNIS
Beethoven stated that his chief aim was "to awaken and permanently instill religious feelings not only into the singers but also into the listeners." One thing is certain: the sweep, power, and immensity of this masterwork has created many converts to the greatness of Beethoven.
Guest artists include:
Anton Armstrong and the YCA (July 6)
Jeffrey Kahane (conducting the orchestra and chorus July 3, and in solo piano recital July 5)
PDQ Bach (June 30)
The 5 Browns, Juilliard grads and piano-playing siblings (July 13)