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NEA grant awarded to Oregon Bach Festival

  • Dec 2, 2010
[caption id="attachment_2678" align="alignright" width="215" caption="Marin Alsop conducts Joan of Arc July 2. The project has received NEA funding."][/caption]The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Oregon Bach Festival a grant of $10,000 to support a new semi-staged production of Joan of Arc, to be conducted by Marin Alsop at the 2011 Festival. The Festival, receiving the grant through the University of Oregon, is one of 1,057 not-for-profit organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency’s first round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute $26.68 million to support projects nationwide. Set for a July 2 premiere at the Hult Center in Eugene, the Joan of Arc project commemorates the 600th anniversary in 2012 of the Catholic saint's birth. Alsop will conduct the OBF Orchestra, Berwick Chorus of the OBF, Schola Cantorum chorus of Venezuela and vocal soloists in Honegger's sprawling, theatrical oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake). The production will be semi-staged by James Robinson, artistic director of the Opera Theater of St. Louis. The July 2 performance has also received grant funding from the Hult Endowment of the Oregon Community Foundation. “We’re pleased to be recognized by the NEA,” said John Evans, OBF executive director and president. “The story of Joan is one of our time. And with Marin Alsop and James Robinson lending their talents, this telling will be one to treasure.” An independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts advances artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. Announcing the grant awards on November 23, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “I continue to be impressed with the creative, innovative, and excellent projects brought forward by arts organizations across the country. Our grantees are not only furthering their art forms but also enhancing their neighborhoods by making them more vibrant, livable, and fun.” The 2011 Oregon Bach Festival takes place June 23-July 10 in Eugene, Bend, Ashland, and Portland. Tickets go on sale February 28. For more, see oregonbachfestival.com. The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government that has awarded more than $4 billion on projects of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the National Endowment for the Arts at arts.gov.