Oregon Bach Festival

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon Wednesday announced the Oregon Bach Festival will now be managed by its School of Music and Dance. This after the firing of Artistic Director Matthew Halls last month.

Oregon Bach Festival

Ever since the Oregon Bach Festival last month announced the surprise termination of Artistic Director Matthew Halls, there’s been international reaction and speculation. The secrecy surrounding Hall’s departure has done damage to the reputation of the world-class festival.

Photo by Eric Alan

KLCC's annual special broadcast celebrating the opening of the Oregon Bach Festival was held in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Tuesday, June 27th. Featured were  two masterful performers: Tenor Charles Daniels and lutenist Simon Martyn-Ellis. Charles Daniels performs the role of the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion in this year's festival, and gives the Hinkle Distinguished Lecture. Simon Martyn-Ellis has built a worldwide reputation as a master on lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar, beginning in his native Australia, and performs as part of the OBF company.

 KLCC and the Oregon Bach Festival continued their annual tradition of celebrating the festival's opening with an hour-long special live broadcast from KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Tuesday, June 21st. Baroque violin duo Alice Blankenship and Alison Luthmers Tessier treated a live studio audience to a varied program of music ranging from Bach and Telemann to traditional and modern Swedish folk music. The evening was co-hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan, and OBF Executive Director Janelle McCoy. 

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The Oregon Bach Festival will break ground on June 17th to start construction of its new home next to the University of Oregon's School of Music.

  The Oregon Bach Festival welcomes its new executive director, Janelle McCoy, who is an accomplished mezzo soprano and arts administrator. Eric Alan speaks with her about her priorities and vision for moving the festival forward in 2016 and beyond.  

This year’s Oregon Bach Festival runs from June 25th to July 12th, with events in Eugene and Portland. Its wide range of musical offerings will include the new Berwick Academy for Historical Performance, which will debut on Saturday, June 27th as Matthew Halls conducts three of Beethoven’s greatest works in Beall Hall.  Members of the Berwick Academy will also perform live in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls preview this year’s festival, with KLCC's Eric Alan.

Photo by Hiroshi Iwaya

An interview with violinist Monica Huggett , who is celebrating her twentieth year as artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra. They’ll perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons along with other music from Vivaldi, Locatelli and Locke in the Chamber Music at Beall series on Tuesday, April 28th on the UO campus.

Matthew Halls, artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, speaks with Eric Alan about “Deep in My Soul Forever Stay,” a concert of remembrance for Veterans Day, presented on Sunday, November 9th. The interview includes music from Purcell, MacMillan and Bruckner.

Photo by Eric Alan

KLCC and the Oregon Bach Festival continued their annual collaborative tradition by celebrating the opening of the year's festival with a special hour-long performance in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios, on Wednesday evening, June 25th. This year's performance featured cellist Jonathan Manson and lutenist Simon Martyn-Ellis--two of the world's top players on their respective instruments--with a live studio audience. The broadcast was hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan, and co-hosted by John Steinmetz from the Oregon Bach Festival. It was a truly memorable evening.

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