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Bass soloist defies expectations

  • Jan 29, 2013

The double bass is rarely in the spotlight of a classical concert. But that’s one of the unexpected pleasures when violinist Monica Huggett and Portland Baroque Orchestra chamber soloists join Nigerian-Irish double bass virtuoso Chi-chi Nwanoku for music featuring the instrument in a uniquely soloistic role. The ChamberMusic@Beall concert takes place Sunday February 17 at 3 pm in Beall Concert Hall. Listen to her KWAX interview Buy tickets The program numbers five works from the 1780s, the golden age of the double bass. Most of the music emanates from Vienna, where a great flourishing of music for bass led to...

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Szymanowski wowski

  • Jan 27, 2013

Today's ChamberMusic@Beall concert by the Szymanowski Quartet of Poland was elegant, subtle, deeply textured, nuanced, and an overwhelming crowd pleaser.  Arriving in Eugene Saturday from Hannover, Germany, on the start of  a West Coast tour, the group showed no signs of jet lag in an exquisite two hours that featured quartets by Mendelssohn and Dvorak not usually heard in these types of concerts. But the buzz afterward was about the encore, a lovely three-minute "Melody" by Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk from the score from the film High Pass. Gregorz Kotow, the quartet's second violinist, said the song will be included on the Szymanowski...

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Audio: Szymanowski and music on the border

  • Jan 25, 2013

In advance of Sunday's ChamberMusic@Beall concert, violinist Grzegorz Kotow of the Szymanowski Quartet explains how the program's late works by Mendelssohn and Dvorak and an early piece by Karol Szymanowski were "on the border" of their eras as the composers searched for new means of expression. Interview excerpt courtesy KWAX and Caitriona Bolster. [audio src="/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/SzymanowskiquartetMP3.mp3"] [caption id="attachment_10294" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Szymanowski Quartet. Photo: Marco Borggreve[/caption]

Master Class deadline approaching

  • Jan 25, 2013

The deadline to apply for the 2013 conducting master class is approaching. All required audition material must arrive at the OBF office by February 15. Up to 12 selected conductors will be notified by March 1 with the entire roster set by mid-March. From June 27 – July 10, the Master Class in Conducting offers conductors the unique opportunity to further develop their craft while studying under the direction of world-renowned Bach expert Helmuth Rilling and a staff of distinguished professionals. Class participants receive hands-on training and attend specialized workshops in preparation to conduct the OBF orchestra, chorus and soloists...

Master Class Auditor Packages

  • Jan 22, 2013

For people interested in attending the class but who aren't able to commit for the duration of the class, auditor fees can be prorated to create a custom itinerary. The packages listed below are designed to bundle key events in the class and festival to maximize your experience. Package 1 - June 27 through July 3 (7 class days, 8 nights) Total Cost: $1,090 (single room), $994 (double) This package includes all of the preliminary seminars from the begining of the class and also includes three of the primary classes where Helmuth Rilling does the bulk of his teaching. You would also attend...

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Auditions coming soon for SFYCA

  • Jan 15, 2013

Calling all high school vocalists! Do you want to improve your singing voice with the help of world-renowned professionals? Perform in the beautiful Hult Center with 85 of the best singers in the country? This can all happen with the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, taking place June 27-July 9 during the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival.Now is the time to prepare for auditions! The SFYCA offers choral singers the opportunity to enhance their musicianship, attend OBF’s major concerts, and create unforgettable friendships while developing their creative talents.During the two-week program, students will work under the direction of Anton Armstrong, director...

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Szymanowski quartet returns to Beall

  • Jan 2, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10178" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The Syzmanowski Quartet performs January 27. Photo: Marco Borggreve[/caption] Ventures into old Vienna and the contemporary soundscapes of New York mark the "Flights of Imagination" in the winter series of ChamberMusic@Beall concerts January 27-April 7. The Sunday concert series is a joint production of the Oregon Bach Festival and University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. Returning to Eugene January 27 for the first time since two bravura concerts at the 2006 Oregon Bach Festival, the Szymanowski Quartet of Poland balances deft performances of the treasured repertoire with new works, especially those of their countryman...