1971: Posterized

  • May 17, 2010
Leading up the start of the 40th Anniversary of the Oregon Bach Festival, we are taking a brief look at each year of the festival over the course of the next 40 days (41, to be precise). But we could not do it without a little help. On the occasion of the Oregon Bach Festival silver anniversary, Marian C. Donnelly compiled a history of the first 25 years. For the next couple of weeks, we will be graciously pulling excerpts from her work, The Oregon Bach Festival 1970-1994.

Before the iconographic Johann Sebastian Bach became the focus of the Festival, another icon emerged in 1971. The poster. And those posters were hot items from the very beginning, according to Marian C. Donnelly:
"During the second year, emphasis was placed on publicity and audience development, and poster were printed to advertise the concerts locally. All copies of these early posters have since disappeared. In recent years, the colorful posters, different each season, have become popular Festival souvenir items."
Unfortunately, the posters were not alone.
"All the concerts were held in Central Lutheran Church…The months of July and August were extremely hot in 1971. The church was not air conditioned, and the walls were not sufficiently insulated from the traffic noise, particularly that of motorcycles. Concertgoers were given a modest program book with notes. They, as well, as the performers, paid a warm price for their love of Bach."
Hey. When you're hot, you're hot. Tomorrow: 1972 - If it's not "Baroque"… You can purchase your tickets to the 2010 Oregon Bach Festival here. And for a more extensive history of the Festival, you can find it here. Read All