Oregon Bach Festival focuses on St Matthew, June 29-July 15
Date: January 11, 2012
Location: Oregon, USA
Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, his Goldberg Variations, and the connections they forged form the bedrock of the Oregon Bach Festival’s 42nd season, June 29-July 15. Based in Eugene with a four-concert series in Portland, the University of Oregon also performs in five other Oregon cities with a lineup that includes keyboardist Angela Hewitt, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and pop orchestra Pink Martini.
In his penultimate season as artistic director, Helmuth Rilling will conduct the St. Matthew as the grand finale in Eugene, and also will lead four lecture-concerts that fully explore the monumental work.
Opening weekend performances to be conducted by Rilling June 29 in Eugene and June 30 in Portland will spotlight masterworks by Mendelssohn, the composer who spurred Bach interest with his revival of the St. Matthew Passion in 1829.
More than two hundred years after the St. Matthew Passion, British composer Michael Tippett translated its structure and emotional impact into the modern classic A Child of Our Time. British conductor Matthew Halls, who succeeds Rilling as the Festival’s artistic director after the 2013 season, will conduct. Halls will open the concert with Bach’s celebratory G major Lutheran Mass.
Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the other thread to weave through the fabric of the 2012 Festival, in a year that marks major birth and death anniversaries of Glenn Gould, the enigmatic genius closely associated with the work. Events include a four-city tour by the Monica Huggett and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, performing a string orchestra arrangement of the variations; showings of two award-winning films based on Gould’s life; and the acclaimed pianist Hewitt performs the set on piano July 14.
Tickets are on sale March 21. For schedule and information see http://oregonbachfestival.com.
2012 Oregon Bach Festival major concert works
St. Matthew Passion
OTHER PROGRAMS AND FEATURED PERFORMERS
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