Partners, Festival launch Digital Bach Project

  • Jun 27, 2011
It's been called the summation Bach's life work. And now, the B Minor Mass has taken on a new life as on online, immersive, digital experience. At its June 26 Patron Celebration event, the Oregon Bach Festival, for a crowd of 500 donors, musicians, staff, and volunteers, unveiled the Digital Bach Project, a website that promises to connect Bach—and specifically the B Minor Mass—to the wired generation.  The Digital Bach Project houses three key components:
  • Cuepoints, a fully interactive, animated exploration of  the mass that incorporates video, text, audio, and a multidimensional photo facsimile of Bach’s manuscript that unfolds at your control.
  • The Rilling Discovery Lectures, a full three hours of high-definition video, capturing Helmuth Rilling’s lecture-concert of the B Minor Mass, filmed in Beall Hall during the 2010 OBF.
  • The Rilling Master Class, a half hour documentary that takes viewers inside the classroom experience that has been the heartbeat of the festival since its inception.
Over a year in development, the site involved the efforts of many musicians, programmers, staff, and contributors, principally, Tim Smith, a University of Oregon alum, Bach specialist and architect of the Cuepoints experience; the OBF’s John Evans, who served as executive producer for the video productions; and Helmuth Rilling, as lecturer, chief musician, and source of inspiration. The project was funded primarily by the Hinkle Charitable Foundation and Hal Hinkle (a master class alum), who envisioned, initiated, and funded the Digital Bach Project. The Festival's project partners include Northern Arizona University, where Smith is a member of the music faculty; CD label Hanssler Classic; and the University of Oregon, site of the Discovery video productions, and where Rilling has led the Festival for more than 40 years. Read All