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1972: If it’s not “Baroque”…

  • May 18, 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.
Nearly a decade away from being christened the Oregon Bach Festival, the Summer Baroque Workshop and Festival established a foundational element in 1972 that has lasted for decades.
"Bach's Mass in B Minor formed the basis for the master class. There were six concerts in all, including two performances of the Mass. 'Baroque' in the Festival title reflected the emphasis in the repertoire, which included choral-instrumental works of Heinrich Schütz, on the 200th anniversary of his death, and keyboard works of Bach and Couperin."
Well, if it's not "Baroque", don't fix it. Tomorrow: 1973 - The Pizza and the Passion If you would like more information on the Master Class in Conducting, click here. 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.
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