From the seats - Portland Elijah
Last weekend I was thrilled to see the Bach Festival’s Portland performance of Elijah. I’ll admit that after spending the day in my ninety-degree house, I would have been content to go anywhere with central A/C; however, I was positively floored at the opportunity to attend a performance of one of the greatest oratorios of all time with one of the finest singers in the world. As a veteran Portland concert-goer (true story: from 2005 through 2007 I never missed an Oregon Symphony concert), I am used to the standard Portland summer-concert scene of chamber music and piano sonatas in venues of all shapes and sizes. While the chamber music and piano festivals in Portland are lots of fun, it was so refreshing to see a large-ensemble concert in the comfort of the Schnitz. And not just any large ensemble, either! The orchestra was absolutely incredible, bringing together fabulous players from all over the country, and the choir was fantastic. Top that off with amazing soloists and a brilliant conductor, and I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better way to spend a Friday night. Eugene is lucky to have such an amazing festival that brings so many wonderful musicians together to share beautiful music, and Portland is even luckier that Eugene is willing to share some of that music with us. I can’t wait for next year!