PDX series presents A Child of our Time 7/6

  • Jul 4, 2012
When the power of great music and the passion of world-renowned performers come together, you get the Oregon Bach Festival’s 2012 Portland concert series, Bachfest PDX. The series resumes Friday, July 6 in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. [caption id="attachment_8776" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Matthew Halls in rehearsal for the Bach Lutheran Mass"][/caption] Matthew Halls will conduct Michael Tippett’s modern choral work, A Child of our Time on Friday, July 6. The work was Tippett's heartfelt response to the tragedies he witnessed during World War II. Modeled after Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Tippett engages the audience during crucial moments of the work by integrating American spirituals in place of the Passion’s chorales. In Halls's view, “these hauntingly beautiful pieces, involving practically everyone on stage, resonate powerfully" with contemporary audiences. Halls, who will succeed Helmuth Rilling as artistic director following the 2013 Festival, opens the concert with Bach's Lutheran Mass in G Major, marked by its lovely meditative fugues and joyous choral passages. On Monday, July 9, John Scott, top organist and music director of New York’s St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, will perform Bach’s most extensive and celebrated organ piece, Clavier-Übung III. The piece contains a grand total of 27 complex compositions, which reflect the main musical themes of the time as well as Bach’s religious views. Scott will perform on the 4,000-pipe Rosales organ, which the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral refers to as “one of the finest pipe organs in America.” Wrapping up the mini-festival is harmonica virtuoso and native Oregonian, Joe Powers. On Wednesday, July 11, along with his international quintet and a troupe of tango dancers led by Alex Krebs, Powers will perform an eclectic mix of traditional and modern tango, demonstrating the inherent passion of such dances as the milonga, tango, and samba. Bachfest PDX festival schedule
  • Friday, July 6, 7:30 pm A Child of our Time, Michael Tippett’s modern choral masterwork inspired by World War II; also Bach's Lutheran Mass. OBF choir and orchestra conducted by Matthew Halls (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, $29-$45)
  • Monday, July 9, 7:30 pm Top organist John Scott performs Bach’s most extensive organ work, Clavier-Übung III (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, $10-$25)
  • Wednesday, July 11, 7:30 pm Harmonica virtuoso Joe Powers, his international quintet and a quartet of tango dancers perform traditional and modern tango, evoking sounds of Argentina (Lincoln Hall at Portland State University, $10-$25)