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Rilling Raves for Carnegie Creation

  • Feb 21, 2009
[caption id="attachment_2854" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Heidi Grant Murphy and Helmuth Rilling, at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Rachel Papo for The New York Times."][/caption]The 2009 Oregon Bach Festival opens with The Creation, the 1798 masterpiece by Joseph Haydn. If the February 14 performance that Helmuth Rilling conducted at Carnegie Hall is any indication, it will be an opening concert to savor and remember. Returning to the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop (he led the same program in 2005 and 2007) Rilling teamed with OBF choir master Kathy Saltzman Romey to show, according to critic Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times, "what can be accomplished when gifted musicians, guided by a master conductor, immerse themselves in a milestone of the repertory." The concert was the culmination of a week of workshops, rehearsals, auditions and special events in New York for Rilling and also members of the OBF staff and Conductor's Society. The high point was a formal honor presented to the OBF maestro by the German Consul General New York in honor of Rilling's 40 years of service to German-American relations through the Oregon Bach Festival. Read the full Times review and save the date to hear The Creation in Eugene June 26 or Portland June 27.