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Handel, Beethoven conclude Festival

  • Jul 8, 2011
"I'm speechless!" "the choir and the soloists were wonderful” "gorgeous, strong and emotional" "absolutely astounding... beautiful" "such wonderful music! I wasn't familiar with it before tonight. Where has it been hiding?" "Matthew Halls was a delight to watch."
That was the buzz in response to last night’s St. Cecilia concert in Silva Hall. Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day was the crowning glory, with its picturesque word painting based on Dryden poetry and virtuosic solos by Lorna McGhee, Boris Kleiner, Robin Johannsen, and Tom Cooley. When Matthew Halls brought the final cadence to a close, the crowd erupted with an instant standing ovation. Audiences in Portland can catch the Handel buzz Saturday night when we close our Portland season with “Ode to Joy” at 7:30 pm in Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. And that’s only half. After intermission, Helmuth Rilling conducts Beethoven’s 9th, the mightiest of symphonies, commanding the massed forces of orchestra, 80-voice choir, and soloists. On Sunday in Eugene we reprise the Beethoven as the curtain closes on OBF 2011. In 42 years of the Festival, this is the first time Helmuth will conduct Beethoven’s 9th in Eugene. Don’t miss your only opportunity. Just limited tickets remain to hear Helmuth, the combined OBF and Venezuelan choirs, orchestra and soloists in the Ode to Joy. Read All