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.
This segment profiles Thomas Quasthoff, a longtime friend and musical associate of OBF Artistic Director Helmuth Rilling, who made his American debut at the 1995 Oregon Bach Festival. The bass-baritone Quasthoff has since become one of the most heralded singers of his generation. Our thanks to Oregon Public Broadcasting's Art Beat program and their 2000 program for providing source footage for this video.
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.