obf – passing the baton

It was my final performance at the Oregon Bach Festival for 2013, and it was quite a historical event for the festival. This concert marked the symbolic ‘passing of the baton’ from founding Artistic Director Helmut Rilling to the Artistic Director Designate Matthew Halls. Continue reading “obf – passing the baton”

obf – a night at the opera

Tuesday night was the only full concert conducting appearance at this year’s festival by Oregon Bach Festival Artistic director designate Matthew Halls. It was a doozy. Entitled “A Night at the Opera”, it was a nearly seamless exploration of operatic masterpieces by the three birthday boys of the opera this year: Wagner, Verdi and Britten. With evocative images projected on the rear wall of the stage, the OBF orchestra and a stellar array of vocal soloists presented a succession of operatic gems to the assembled gala crowd. Continue reading “obf – a night at the opera”

oregon bach festival preview

Helmut Rilling
Helmut Rilling

We’re just had our first rehearsal of the first week of the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival. It’s a big year for the organization, with the founding conductor and artistic director Helmuth Rilling stepping into the role of artistic director emeritus with the ascendance of Matthew Halls as the new artistic director of the festival beginning in 2014. Continue reading “oregon bach festival preview”