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Beethoven’s ‘Missa’ as it should be heard

  • Jun 30, 2013

By Marilyn Farwell From The Register-Guard June 30, 2013 It is fitting that in his last year as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival conductor Helmuth Rilling chose to bookend the festival with the two greatest Masses in the Western canon, Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” and J.S. Bach’s “B minor Mass.” On Friday evening at the Hult Center, Rilling was greeted with a standing ovation even before he conducted a dramatic and affecting “Missa Solemnis.” As one of Beethoven’s last compositions, the “Missa” is traditional and innovative as well as majestic and intimate. Some have called it a...

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Happy Anniversaries in OBF's second week

  • Jun 30, 2013

In concerts July 1-3, the Oregon Bach Festival celebrates a remarkable concurrence of master composer anniversaries. Audiences will hear music from Richard Wagner, Benjamin Britten, Giuseppe Verdi, Witold Lutoslawski, Paul Hindemith, and Francis Poulenc across three concerts with outstanding guest artists. The Anniversary Soiree on Monday, July 1 in Beall Hall salutes four 20th century master composers with art songs performed by vocal and instrumental soloists, all accompanied by three outstanding pianists with a backdrop of visual projections illustrating the music’s themes. On Wednesday July 3, husband and wife duo pianists Ya-Fei Chuang and Robert Levin return to Beall Hall. Their...

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Wildish Companies awarded OBF’s Silver Baton

  • Jun 28, 2013

EUGENE—On the eve of the Oregon Bach Festival’s 2013 opening, Jim Wildish and the Wildish Companies, Eugene-based construction firms, were recognized for longtime support with the Festival’s Silver Baton Award. The Silver Baton is presented to corporations whose cumulative support of the OBF exceeds $100,000. John Evans, OBF President and Executive Director, presented the award to Jim and Yvonne Wildish as part of the Festival’s June 27 fundraising gala. “In supporting the Festival for nearly 25 years, the Wildish family has done more than achieve the level for our Silver Baton Award,” said Evans. “The company is an important part...

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SFYCA's Armstrong receives Saltzman Award

  • Jun 28, 2013

EUGENE—On the eve of the Oregon Bach Festival’s 2013 opening, choir conductor Anton Armstrong was awarded the Saltzman Award, the Festival’s highest honor. Director of the Festival’s Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy (SFYCA) since its inception in 1998, Armstrong has directed nearly 900 young singers over the program’s sixteen years. His reputation as a teacher and mentor has enabled the academy to grow into a national program with participants from across Oregon and, in 2013, eleven other states. “Education has always been the heartbeat of the Festival,” said Royce Saltzman, the Festival’s founding executive director and namesake of the award, who...

2013: Duck Deal with Mass Appeal

  • Jun 25, 2013

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Duck Deal with Mass Appeal

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Hear one of J.S. Bach's greatest works conducted by one of his most renowned interpreters and save 25%. BachFest PDX presents Bach's B Minor Mass, with the Festival choir, orchestra, soloists, and Grammy-winning maestro Helmuth Rilling. Order online or in person through the PCPA box office, 1111 SW Broadway, and use the discount code MAESTRO.

Friday July 12 » 7:30 pm

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland

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Say Gloria and Save 25%

  • Jun 24, 2013

Hear one of J.S. Bach's greatest works conducted by one of his most renowned interpreters when BachFest PDX presents Bach's B Minor Mass, with the Oregon Bach Festival choir, orchestra, soloists, and Grammy-winning maestro Helmuth Rilling. From the opening Kyrie to the heights of the Gloria and beyond, the Mass unfolds in drama, beauty, and splendor. And Facebook followers can save 25%! Order online or in person through the PCPA box office, 1111 SW Broadway, and use the discount code GLORIA. With the discount, you can get a ticket for only $21. Friday, July 12 7:30 pm Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland Sponsored by All Classical...

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PBO, Huggett, Halls, and a four-city, all-Bach tour

  • Jun 17, 2013

This July, the Oregon Bach Festival takes Bach on the road as the Portland Baroque Orchestra performs four of the composer's most well-known instrumental works on tour to Portland, Corvallis, Florence, and Eugene. Suite no. 3, with its famous Air, will dazzle listeners with its courtly charm and dance rhythms. The Concerto for Three Violins beguiles with its breathless pacing and brilliantly imagined writing. The Trio Sonata from the Musical Offering is sure to delight, while Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 is a dizzying display of virtuosity. PBO specializes in performing baroque and classical music on original instruments or replicas from...

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OBF Kids: Strings, puppets, and voices

  • Jun 17, 2013

Each year, the Oregon Bach Festival invites families to bring their children to experience the joys of music together.  For 2013, OBF presents Around the World with Radim Zenkl on Saturday, June 29, and Pinocchio on Saturday, July 13. Both events take place at Soreng Theater in Eugene's Hult Center. Tickets cost $5, and can be purchased online here or at the door. The OBF Kids series is sponsored by SELCO Community Credit Union. Around the World with Radim Zenkl The first concert features Czech multi-instrumentalist Radim Zenkl. Join Radim on an adventure across six continents as he showcases his world...

Tour Europe with Czech Mates Zenkl and Chern

  • Jun 17, 2013

Czech virtuosos Radim Zenkl and Leo Chern will be teaming up on June 29 at Hult Center's Soreng Theater for an evening of European folk music spiced with a healthy kick of inviting joy and humor. Zenkl and Chern were both born in the Czech Republic city of Ostrava, but didn't meet until they arrived in the United States. Zenkl studied classical piano, singing, and guitar, before eventually triumphing as a U.S. champion mandolinist. He rounds off his multi-instrumentalist title by playing a wide range of flutes from around the world. Chern performed with multiple elite Czech classical groups before founding the folk...

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Free Events: 16 ways to get involved

  • Jun 17, 2013

Every summer, Oregon Bach Festival provides a plethora of free concerts, lectures, and pre-concert talks to the community.  This year is no exception, with free events happening almost daily throughout the Festival.  Our On The House concert series kicks off Saturday, June 29 with a performance by the Oregon Percussion Ensemble, sure to delight with their thumping renditions of modern classical percussion chamber music.   The series continues Wednesday, July 3 with the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy soloists showcasing their talents.  Friday, July 5 features Toby Koenigsberg Jazz Trio playing a lively swinging set. Koeningsberg serves as assistant professor of jazz...

2013: Best of Bach in Florence

  • Jun 16, 2013

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SPEND A glorious summer evening with four of J.S. Bach’s most beloved instrumental works, brought to life by Monica Huggett, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and guests Stephen Schultz and Matthew Halls. Save $4 or more when you purchase in advance from the Florence Events Center. Visit, call, or click the button.

Tickets $21 advance (service charges may apply), $28 door.

Thursday July 11 » 7:30 pm

Florence Events Center 541.997.1994

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2013: Best of Bach in Corvallis

  • Jun 16, 2013

CMC Alert: Best of Bach in Corvallis Save 15% or more on advance purchase SPEND A glorious summer evening with four of J.S. Bach’s most beloved instrumental works, brought to life by Monica Huggett, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and guests Stephen Schultz and Matthew Halls. Our friends at the Oregon Bach Festival remind you to save $4 or more when you purchase in advance from the Hult Center Bach’s Office. Visit, call, or click the button. Tickets $21 advance (service charges may apply), $28 door. Wed July 10 » 7:30 pm LaSells Stewart Center 541.682.5000 Click here for complete program info Sponsored by US Bank and Oregon Public Broadcasting ...

2013: Best of Bach in Bend

  • Jun 14, 2013

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MORE THAN 300 years ago, J.S. Bach and his contemporaries created some of the world’s most enduring music. Now you can hear Bach’s Circle bring it to life—and save up to $7 per ticket when you purchase in advance. Get tickets in advance at the Tower Theatre in Bend, or click the button to order online (service charges apply).

Tuesday June 25 » 7:30 pm

Tower Theatre 835 NW Wall St 541.317.0700

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OBF Cinema: Youthful adventure, majestic opera

  • Jun 12, 2013

Oregon Bach Festival is proud to partner with downtown Eugene's new Bijou Metro for the annual OBF Cinema series, running daily June 21-July 12. Each of the three films features the music of a composer whose music is celebrated in this anniversary season. And each runs daily for a week at 5 pm. Tickets are on sale at the Bijou Metro, 43 W Broadway in Eugene. From June 21-27, enter Wes Anderson's engrossing, deliberate, and truly one-of-a-kind world in Moonrise Kingdom.  The music of Benjamin Britten plays a key role in the journey of two children who fall in love and run...

2013: Best of Bach in Ashland

  • Jun 12, 2013

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MORE THAN 300 years ago, J.S. Bach and his contemporaries created some of the world’s most enduring music. Now you can hear Bach’s Circle bring it to life—and save up to $7 per ticket when you purchase in advance. Get tickets in advance at Paddington Station in Ashland, or click the button to order online (service charges apply).

Monday June 24
» 7:30 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
87 4th St, Ashland

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  • Jun 12, 2013
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Midori works with Oregon students in master class

  • Jun 3, 2013

Violinist Midori, renowned as much for her commitment to youth education as for her concert performances, begins her Oregon Bach Festival residency Saturday, July 6 with a free public master class involving four of Oregon’s top young violinists. The master class takes place in Beall Concert Hall at 2 pm, and is free and open to the public. Each student will perform for 30 minutes under Midori’s guidance. Chloe Brown, 14, attends Ashland High School. She is a member of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and is an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has attended many Suzuki workshops and...