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Oregon Bach Festival

June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014

When Matthew Halls steps to the podium to conduct the Oregon Bach Festival’s June 26 opening performance, it will mark the first time since its founding in 1970 that anyone other than founder Helmuth Rilling has directed the annual summer festival. That opening work, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, commonly regarded as the first Baroque masterpiece, makes an appropriate accession because the 38-year-old British conductor’s assumption of the artistic director post signals a generational change.

June 26, 2014

What would you do with a room full of 80 teenagers? Turn on the television? Order pizza? Lock the door and run for cover?

At the Oregon Bach Festival, the standard approach to the younger set is treat them like musicians, and allow them to soar. OBF offers a number of kid-friendly events, but none is more moving than the renowned Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. 

June 20, 2013
Craig Hella Johnson

 

June 20, 2013

Here’s a quick overview of major Oregon Bach Festival concerts this summer at UO’s Beall Concert Hall, the Central Lutheran Church and the Hult Center’s Silva Concert Hall and Soreng Theater. The festival boasts many other performances, films, talks, master classes and other events; check oregonbachfestival.com for complete event listings.

June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013

June 21, 2012

Somehow the world didn’t quite understand the Nazis in mid-1938. 

Then Herschel Grynszpan, a teenage German-born Polish Jew living in Paris, found out his family had been among 12,000 German/Polish Jews arrested, stripped of their property and citizenship, then deported from Hanover for locations unknown in Poland. Grynszpan was young; he was angry and he wanted revenge. 

June 21, 2012

Wednesday 6/27

“Light the Torch” opening gala fundraiser, 6pm, Valley River Inn; 

Live broadcast: Tango Harmonica, 6:30pm, 89.7 FM, KLCC 

 

Friday 6/29

Linda Hathaway Bunza plays music of Mendelssohn, 6:30pm, Hult Center

Opening ceremonies: PICCFEST Choirs, 6:45pm, Hult Center 

Joshua Bell plays Mendelssohn, 7:30pm, Hult Center, $15-$62

 

Saturday 6/30

On the House: PICCFEST Choirs, 1pm, Hult Center 

June 21, 2012

Any Oregon Bach Festival audience member could list the instruments she expects to see on the stage at Silva or Soreng or Beall — strings, of course, and the piano, some brass, woodwinds, percussion, maybe a triangle, if we’re stretching things, or a xylophone or glockenspiel. But this year, one more instrument joins the ranks: the harmonica, wielded with consummate skill by a local boy who has made it through his devotion to tango.

June 21, 2012

Storm Large may be a star, but she’s a Portland kind of star. She’s a rock/punk star singer with her band the Balls and a raunchy cabaret-style singer at regular clubs in P-town. Large became the darling of the theatrical world when she played Sally Bowles in Portland Center Stage’s 2007 Cabaret — a role Willamette Week’s Byron Beck called “the biggest gamble of her career.”