2011 Festival celebrates women, the Americas

  • May 15, 2011
The themes In Praise of Women, Music of the Americas, and Masterworks encompass the OBF concert programs June 23-July 10 in Eugene, Ashland, Bend, and Portland. Tickets are now on sale. Helmuth Rilling returns as artistic director for the Festival’s 41st anniversary season, leading performances of the Brahms Requiem June 26 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Portland July 9 and Eugene July 10. The headliners include:
  • Yo-Yo Ma, as soloist in Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul, a showcase for cello written for the classical superstar. Jeffrey Kahane conducts this opening night concert Thursday, June 23, which also includes Bach’s Magnificat.
  • Marin Alsop premieres a dramatically imagined concert version of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake on July 2. Directed by James Robinson, the inventive artistic director of Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the new production is slated for later performance in Carnegie Hall.
  • Miguel Harth-Bedoya appears with his Caminos Del Inka ensemble June 24 and in an OBF Kids concert June 25. The collaborative group takes listeners on a musical and visual journey along the Inca Trail, with classical and folk music, authentic folk instruments, and stunning visual projections. Harth-Bedoya also conducts “Mahler and Strauss with a Twist,” small-group arrangements of such major works as Mahler’s fourth symphony.
  • Matthew Halls, the versatile harpsichordist and conductor based in the UK but now earning accolades as a conductor with operas and the world’s major orchestras. Halls conducts the OBF choir and orchestra in "Praise of St. Cecilia" with works by Purcell, Handel, and Britten, and leads one of six Discovery lecture-concerts.
  • Violinist Monica Huggett directs her Portland Baroque Orchestra in performances of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas in OBF concerts in Portland, Bend, Eugene, and Ashland. South African opera newcomer Golda Schultz sings the title role.
Other artists and concerts include:
  • Venezuelan conductor Maria Guinand, whose Schola Cantorum choir appears with OBF forces in the Brahms, Honegger, and Beethoven concerts and headlines their own concerts in Eugene and Portland.
  • Pianist Shai Wosner, who enthralled audiences as a last-minute fill-in for Jeffrey Kahane last summer, in a night of Brahms songs and a solo recital
  • Cellist Alban Gerhardt, performing the cello suites of Bach and Benjamin Britten over three concerts
  • Jamie Bernstein, presenting cabaret and children’s classical concerts.
Updated: 5/9/2011