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Free Events: A sampling of the Festival's best

  • Jun 4, 2012
Each year, the Oregon Bach Festival presents an array of inspiring, passionate and talented artists to the local community. With free community events happening throughout the Festival, you will have bountiful opportunities to fully experience and connect with the artists and music.
St. John's Boys' Choir will perform in PICCFEST as a part of On The House, June 30
The free events begin at the first down beat of the Festival with the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 29 at 6:45 PM in the Hult Lobby. The 300 singers of the Pacific International Children’s Choir, made up of children from both the US and Finland, will be performing. New this year, for one day only, we'll present a free concert in the lobby of the Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend of OBF's very own Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy on July 2 at 4:30 PM. Comprised of nearly 100 voices, the group will perform "This House of Peace," a work made up of words spoken by PeaceHealth patients and their families. A long-time favorite series is On The House, where you and your children will enjoy youth choirs, soloists and performances for the young at heart. This year’s music focuses mostly on young performers. Sponsored by the Oregon Urology Institute, all events are at 1 PM in the Hult Center Lobby.
  • PICCFEST - guest choirs Youth Choir Merituuli (Finland) and St. John’s Boys’ Choir (Minnesota), Saturday June 30
  • SFYCA – Soloists, Friday July 6
  • Recorder Duo – Boeckman/Linsenberg, Tuesday July 10
  • Young Chamber PlayersThursday July 12
Before attending the concert, bring your questions to Let’s Talk and ask the artists themselves! Sponsored by Allergy & Asthma Center P.C., this free event provides the chance to strike up a conversation with internationally known artists in a relaxed, personal setting. Hosted by Fred Crafts, Eugene’s Ambassador for the Arts, it’s held in The Studio of the Hult Center at 12 PM. Have an unanswered question after Let’s Talk? At the Inside Line, you can learn even more about the Festival’s music works. Sponsored by The Duck Store, this event takes place at 6:30 PM conveniently near the concert hall.
  • Mendelssohn – Linda Hathaway Bunza, Soreng Theater, Friday June 29
  • A Child of our Time – Linda Hathaway Bunza, Soreng Theater, Saturday July 7
  • Debussy Soiree – Stephen Rodgers, Thelma Schnitzer Hall, Room 163 of the UO School of Music, Tuesday July 10
  • Bach Motets – Marc Vanscheeuwijck, UO School of Music, Wednesday July 11
Wrapping up our 2012 free community events is the Hinkle Seminar, the final segment of our Festival-long exploration of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Join us for this panel discussion on Friday, July 14 at 12 PM in The Studio with Matthew Halls, Angela Hewitt, and musicologist Tim Smith (author of the interactive components of Digitalbach.com) as they discuss their own perspectives of this powerful work.
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