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OBF 2011

27th Oct 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

The official press release is out… coming up next summer in Eugene Oregon (and beyond), the Oregon Bach Festival (OBF) is bringing in some great artists…

2011 Oregon Bach Festival, June 23 through July 10, 2011 in Eugene, Ashland, Bend, and Portland.

The headliners include:

  • Yo-Yo Ma, as soloist in Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul, a showcase for cello written for the classical superstar. Jeffrey Kahane conducts this opening night concert Thursday, June 23, which also includes Bach’s Magnificat.
  • Marin Alsop conducts a staged concert of Honneger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake. Directed by James Robinson, the inventive and versatile artistic director of Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the new production is slated for later performance in Carnegie Hall.
  • Miguel Harth-Bedoya appears with his Caminos Del Inka ensemble. The collaborative group takes listeners on a musical and visual journey along the Inca Trail, with classical and folk music, authentic folk instruments, and stunning visual projections. Harth-Bedoya also conducts “Once More with a Twist,” small-group arrangements of such major works as Mahler’s fourth symphony.
  • Matthew Halls, the versatile harpsichordist and conductor based in the UK but now earning accolades as a conductor with operas and the world’s major orchestras. Halls conducts the OBF choir and orchestra in music by Purcell, Handel, and Britten, and leads one of six Discovery lecture-concerts.
  • Violinist Monica Huggett directs her Portland Baroque Orchestra in performances of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas in OBF concerts in Portland, Bend, Eugene, and Ashland. South African opera newcomer Golda Schultz sings the title role.

Other artists and concerts include:

  • Venezuelan conductor Maria Guinand, whose Schola Cantorum choir appears with OBF forces and headlines their own concerts
  • Pianist Shai Wosner, who enthralled audiences as a last-minute fill-in for Jeffrey Kahane last summer
  • Cellist Alban Gerhardt, performing the cello suites of Bach and Benjamin Britten over three concerts
  • Jamie Bernstein, presenting cabaret and children’s classical concerts.

The full Festival schedule will be available February 14, 2011, when tickets go on sale.

More surprises to come.  Keep your eyes on OBF’s website, their Facebook page, and their Twitter… as news comes out.

~Dan – np: Charles MingusMingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

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Pink Martini @ OBF (trailer)

5th Jun 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Here’s a great new trailer for the upcoming Pink Martini performance at the Oregon Bach Festival (they play Saturday, June 26th at the Hult Center).

OBF tickets are on-sale now… http://oregonbachfestival.com/

~Dan – np: Carissa’s Wierd [sic] – They’ll Only Miss You When You Leave

Oregon Bach Fest preview with Trio Voronezh

4th May 10 (Tue) 1 comment

The good music is matched by the good deals at the University of Oregon when the Oregon Bach Festival and the Duck Store present a season preview party Thursday, May 13 from 5:30 to 7 pm. On tap are ticket discounts, book discounts, beer, wine, and other refreshments, and a live performance by Trio Voronezh.

Conservatory trained in their native Russia, the members of Trio Voronezh played for money on the streets of Europe until discovered by a friend of the Oregon Bach Festival. Playing classical favorites on Russian folk instruments with showmanship and virtuosity, they made their American debut at the festival in 1996. After several return tours they became U.S. citizens, with Eugene as their home base for recording and touring.

During the OBF preview event participants can get vouchers for ticket discounts of up to 20% for selected concerts, and get discounts for 20% off general books in the Duckstore, an OBF sponsor. OBF staff members will be present to answer questions and assist with ticket orders online at the event.

The party takes place in the “Literary Duck” on the second floor of the Duck Store building at 13th and Kincaid in Eugene. Free refreshments include beer from Eugene City Brewery, wine, soft drinks and snacks.

The UO’s Oregon Bach Festival takes place June 25 through July 11 in Eugene, Bend and Portland. Tickets for the Festival go on sale over the counter at Eugene’s Hult Center ticket office on May 11. For complete schedule and ticket information call (541) 682-5000 or click http://oregonbachfestival.com.

For regular OBF-related updates, check out the Official OBF blog.

~Dan – np: King’s XOut of the Silent Planet

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