Oregon Bach Festival
With themes of rebirth and creation weaving together choral masterworks by Bach, Monteverdi, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Verdi, and a rich contrast of guest concerts ranging from baroque winds to the Canadian Brass to a big-‐band tribute to Duke Ellington, the Oregon Bach Festival’s first season under the artistic directorship of Matthew Halls will be as diverse as the conductor’s own musical passions.
The 45th season of the University of Oregon’s cultural gem takes place June 26-‐July 13 in Eugene,Portland, Corvallis, Florence, and Newport. Halls, who succeeded Helmuth Rilling as artistic director July 15, 2013, launches his inaugural season with Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. He’ll also direct the world premiere of his own reconstruction of Bach’s lost St. Mark Passion, completed
In Eugene, Halls will also lead the Discovery Series lecture concerts on Bach’s Easter Oratorio
The Festival also launches a new Organ Institute, directed by Paul Jacobs, involving seminars and a public concert; and a “Conductors Showcase” concert added to its flagship Conducting Master Class program. With nine concerts set for the BachFest PDX Portland series, 34 main-‐event ticketed concerts, and a schedule of more than 60 total events including talks, exhibitions, and free concerts, the 2014 OBF will be the organization’s most ambitious.
Tickets to individual performances are on sale now. For more information visit the OBF website.