August 1, 2015, 8pm

Britt Orchestra: Rite of Spring

NPR’s Performance Today says of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, “Almost no musical work has had such a powerful influence or evoked as much controversy.” When it premiered in 1913, with its primitive and dissonant music, unusual ballet choreography, and Russian pagan setting, it was met with derision and riots. The orchestral work, however, has stood the test of time, and its premiere is often called one of the greatest moments in Western Art. This will be the first-ever Britt performance of the great work.

Jacksonville OR

July 12, 2015, 3pm

OBF: Mahler's Symphony No. 2

Nicole Cabell, soprano
Roxana Constantinescu, mezzo-soprano
Berwick Chorus
UO Chamber Choir
OBF Orchestra
Matthew Halls, conductor

Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony, also known as “Resurrection,” is an epic choral orchestral work that evokes both strength and contemplation. One of the largest symphonies ever created in terms of power, drama and harmonic boldness, it relays the story of life: the essential quest for understanding, and coming to terms with both life’s challenges.

Sponsored by The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Festival

HUlt Center Eugene


July 9, 2015, 7:30pm

OBF: St. John Passion: Rilling Conducts

Joanne Lunn, soprano
Roxana Constantinescu, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Tyler Duncan, baritone
Nathan Berg, bass
Berwick Chorus
OBF Orchestra
Helmuth Rilling, conductor

Featuring the highly acclaimed tenor soloist Nicholas Phan as the Evangelist, Bach’s sacred masterwork, St. John Passion conveys heated drama and striking emotional power. This captivating work depicts Christ’s crucifixion and the events that preceded it, and was originally composed for Bach’s first Good Friday in Leipzig. It also marks the start of Maestro Rilling’s 45-year exploration of Bach’s most poignant statements of faith, as the first sacred masterwork that he conducted at the Oregon Bach Festival.

Hult Center Eugene


July 8, 2015, 2:30pm

OBF: Discovery IV: St. John Passion Lecture Concert

UO Chamber Choir
OBF Orchestra
OBF Baroque Orchestra
Matthew Halls, Helmuth Rilling and Edward Maclary, master Teachers

A special lecture concert demonstration will be led by Maestro Helmuth Rilling that details Bach’s creation of the St. John Passion, the first of his two most celebrated Passion settings.

Hult Center Eugene


July 7, 2015, 2:30pm

OBF: Discovery III: Christmas Oratorio, Part III

UO Chamber Choir
OBF Orchestra
OBF Baroque Orchestra
Matthew Halls, Helmuth Rilling and Edward Maclary, master teachers

From Christmas Day to Epiphany in the 18th century, the town of Leipzig marked the birth of Jesus and the events surrounding it not with a single feast day, but with six special celebrations. For his Christmas Oratorio, Bach composed a part honoring each celebration: the first three commemorated the birth of Jesus (December 25), the announcement to the shepherds by a host of angels (December 26), the adoration of the baby by the shepherds (December 27). Each will be closely examined in our annual Discovery Series Lectures.

Hult CEnter, Eugene


June 26, 2015, 7:30pm

Oregon Bach Festival: Seven Deadly Sins: Storm Large

Oregon Bach Festival welcomes Storm Large, American renaissance woman and vocal superstar to the Silva stage. Accompanied by the vocal quartet Hudson Shad and the OBF orchestra conducted by Robert Moody, she'll weave a tapestry from rich and varied musical traditions such as Broadway, pop, jazz, and rock and roll. This program features Weill and Brecht's Seven Deadly Sins, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, plus selections by Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, rocker Bonnie Tyler and more

Hult Center, Eugene


May 11, 2015, 7:30pm

UO Flute Studio: Oregon Symphony Prelude Concert


University of Oregon Flute Ensemble, performance Monday, May 11 from 7:30-7:50 PM in the lobby at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, before Oregon Symphony classical series concert. Free and open to the public.

Contact or call 503-228-4294 for more information.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland


Tickets available by phone at 503-228-4294.

April 19, 2015, 3pm

Music and Meditative Practice: Molly Barth and Brian McWhorter

In between performances of contemporary music from Molly Barth and Brian McWhorter, Brian will be discussing various techniques within four modalities of meditative practice: concentration, receptive awareness, contemplation and cultivation. With each technique engaged, the listeners' perception of music can change - and while the effects of this are often fascinating (if not potentially and instantly enlightening) practicing a range of techniques like these can provide listeners with a clearer idea of how they themselves might listen to music.

Flutist Molly Barth will present "20th Century Flute Music of the Americas," works for solo flute by composers from Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. Brian McWhorter will explore unknown territory in the world of improvisational trumpet playing.

85344 Forest Hill Ln. Eugene OR, 97405


Tickets available at the door or by phone at 541-501-2027.

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