The July 3, 2010 gala concert was the high point of the Oregon Bach Festival's 40th anniversary celebrations. A series of videos bridged the thirteen musical numbers and served to cover set changes. Each of the eight videos focused on an aspect of the OBF's history or mission.
"Back to Bach" looks at the music roots of the OBF and the importance of Bach as a composer, as an inspiration, and as "master teacher," in the words of Helmuth Rilling. This video includes a 1988 interview with Rilling on the nature of Bach's music, and brief scenes from the 2010 OBF Discovery Series performances of the B Minor Mass.
The 40th anniversary videos were produced by Pushplay Productions, Eugene. Special thanks to Oregon Public Broadcasting and Alex Richanbach for his interview with Helmuth Rilling, filmed in Nashville in April 2010 and generously underwritten by Betsy and Mark Richanbach.