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Oregon Bach Festival

June 26, 2014 01:00 AM

EW’s Oregon Bach Festival must-see picks.

June 26, 2014 01:00 AM

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.

June 26, 2014 01:00 AM

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 01:00 AM

So many classical music festivals are mired in the past, as though composers somehow stopped writing music after the 19th century ended. If the people of Bach’s time had that regressive attitude, we wouldn’t have his music around today.

June 20, 2013 01:00 AM

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 01:00 AM

On Valentine’s Day in 2009, the young opera singer Nicholas Phan was standing in his New York kitchen when the phone rang. His manager was calling to tell him that a colleague had just canceled his performance, which Helmuth Rilling was leading that night at Carnegie Hall. Could Phan fill in?

June 20, 2013 01:00 AM

Along with the usual joy afforded by hearing some of history’s greatest music, this summer’s Oregon Bach Festival will be tinged with some sadness. It marks the end of co-founder Helmuth Rilling’s 43-year run as artistic director of the festival he created, with fellow legend Royce Saltzman, in 1970.

June 21, 2012 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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.

June 21, 2012 12:00 AM

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.