[caption id="attachment_2698" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Shai Wosner replaces Jeffrey Kahane in a July 7 recital."][/caption] On July 1, the Oregon Bach Festival announced that Jeffrey Kahane, pianist and conductor, would need to withdraw from his participation in 2010 concerts.
Quickly filling Kahane’s extensive role with four different performers, the OBF secured international conductor Nicholas McGegan, rising-star pianist Shai Wosner, and enlisted OBF 2010 guest artists Robert Levin and Monica Huggett for additional assignments.
“We are fortunate that with the stature of the OBF and our relationships within the industry we were able to secure top-flight musicians for our audiences,” said John Evans, OBF executive director. “And miraculously, they have made a commitment to perform major programs on practically a moment’s notice.”
Summary of the revised programs and personnel:
July 1—Quasthoff recital
Pianist Robert Levin replaced Kahane as recital partner for Thomas Quasthoff’s performance of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin in Silva Concert Hall, playing to an instantaneous, ten-minute standing ovation.
July 3—Anniversary Gala
Nicholas McGegan will conduct the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos (with the Chuang-Levin Duo), the slow movement of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for winds and orchestra, and two Broadway songs with Thomas Quasthoff.
Levin will replace Kahane as the piano soloist in the Beethoven Choral Fantasy.
July 5—Discovery Series
Monica Huggett, early music violinist and director of both the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Juilliard School’s early music program, will lead the conducting master class and Discovery Series lecture-concert on Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4 in Beall Hall, in addition to her July 9 Discovery Series appearance.
July 6—At Home with the Schumanns
Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner will replace Kahane in the Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47.
July 7—Piano Recital
Wosner will perform two Beethoven sonatas and from Schumann, the Nachtstücke and Fantasy in C Major (originally on Kahane’s program).
Wosner received the Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, among the highest of European music honors. On May 16 he was Kahane’s personal selection as substitute for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, soloing and conducting the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 from the keyboard in a national broadcast.
Wosner has worked with Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Slatkin, Donald Runnicles, Alan Gilbert, Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman, and recently finished his tenure as a BBC New Generation Artist.
More video and audio clips are available on his website.