Jun
29
Fri
Opening Celebration
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Opening Celebration @ Hult Center

OBF kicks off the 2018 Festival with a community Celebration at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts! Live music, trivia and games, a photobooth, an instrument “petting zoo,” and free champagne are just a few of the great surprises you’ll find. The event is free and open to the public, and it all leads up to the performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos at 7:30pm.

Event Schedule
6:00pm – David Lee, marimba – Winner of the 2018 Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artists Competition
6:30pm – Let’s Talk! with Peter van de Graaff – An informal chat with the KWAX host and OBF Executive Director Janelle McCoy
6:35pm – Randal Larson, steel drums
7:05pm – Pacific International Choral Festivals (picfest) – 125-voice youth chorus

Free Admission. A ticket to the 7:30 concert is not required.

Let’s Talk!
Jun 29 @ 6:30 pm

Join KWAX radio host Peter van de Graaff and OBF Executive Director Janelle McCoy for an informal preconcert chat.

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Brandenburg Concertos
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm
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An all-Bach evening showcasing the masterful Brandenburg Concertos 1, 2, 4, and 5. The concert also includes Orchestral Suite No. 4 and features the OBF Baroque Orchestra, Berwick Academy, and spellbinding violinist Monica Huggett. A portion of the evening will be conducted from the harpsichord by sought-after German conductor Alexander Weimann.

OBF Baroque Orchestra; Berwick Academy; Monica Huggett, violin and director;
Alexander Weimann, harpsichord and director

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Jun
30
Sat
OBF Family: The Life of Mozart
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am
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Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presents a frolicsome, gleeful and historically accurate play about one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived. From start to finish this show is accompanied by Mozart’s breathtaking music. This play is especially designed to introduce young children to the vibrancy of history, the joy of music, and the true story of the composer’s life.

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On the House: picfest
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm

Some of the nation’s best youth choruses perform live.

Free Admission

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Imani Winds: Old Made New
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm
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The “cool…skilled and spirited” (The Washington Post) Grammy-nominated wind quintet returns to OBF after more than a decade hiatus. With dynamic playing, culturally-poignant programming, and adventurous collaborations on works from Mendelssohn, Astor Piazzolla, Stravinsky, and more, the group has carved out a distinct presence in the classical music world. Experience an evening of engaging new music as Imani Winds bridges American, European, African, and Latin American traditions.

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Jul
1
Sun
Bach & Sons
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm
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Members of the OBF Baroque Orchestra bring you chamber music from the era’s foremost family of composers. The special matinee performance is comprised of works from J.S. Bach and four of his astute and talented sons, including the trio sonata from BWV 1079, “The Musical Offering.” Originally a composition challenge to Bach from the King of Prussia, it is now considered one of the finest pieces of chamber music from the Baroque era.

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2018 Gala: Starry, Starry Night
Jul 1 @ 4:30 pm
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Light up the night sky! Featuring an exciting live auction, dinner, entertainment, dessert dash, and more, the OBF 2018 Gala celebrates the unsung stars of OBF—YOU! It is truly thanks to our incredible community of supporters that OBF is able to bring world-class performances and musicians to our community each year. Experience one spectacular, starry evening this summer as we raise funds to sustain OBF’s unrivaled artistic and educational programming into the future!

 

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Jul
2
Mon
On the House: ElRay Stewart-Cook Recital
Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm

Dr. ElRay Stewart-Cook treats organ fans to a free, afternoon recital on the stunning Brombaugh organ.

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Discovery Series I: Cantata 77
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm
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Shortly after arriving in Leipzig in the summer of 1723, Bach composed two cantatas within a month of each other. The 2018 Discovery Series, led by Scott Allen Jarrett, Director of Music at Boston University Marsh Chapel and Artistic Director of the Bach Akademie of Charlotte, examines the two works written during this formative time in Bach’s life. The first installment in our series, “Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren lieben,” is a rarely heard piece and has not been performed at OBF in nearly 40 years. It also features the distinctive sounds of the slide trumpet.

OBF Baroque Orchestra; Scott Allen Jarrett, lecturer and conductor

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Jul
3
Tue
Hinkle Lecture: Richard Danielpour
Jul 3 @ 3:00 pm
Hinkle Lecture: Richard Danielpour @ Soreng Theater, Hult Center | Eugene | Oregon | United States

The annual distinguished lecture series welcomes American composer Richard Danielpour – architect of The Passion of Yeshua – as he reveals the emotion and intent behind the OBF commission. Prepare for the world premiere event on July 8 as you learn the backstory directly from the mind of the creator.

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Handel & Telemann: A Tale of Two Georgs
Jul 3 @ 7:30 pm
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Born only four years and 50 miles apart, Georg Friedrich Handel and Georg Philipp Telemann are two of Baroque music’s most bountiful composers. Handel, who lived 74 years, composed nearly 30 oratorios and close to 50 operas. His concerti grossi are some of the most highly regarded pieces in the genre. Telemann lived to be 86 years old and is credited in the Guinness Book of World Records™ as the most prolific composer of all time — topping-out near 3,000 compositions. For one night only, join Berwick Academy for a edifying sample of these two vital Baroque icons.

Jacques Ogg, director

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Jul
5
Thu
Discovery Series II: Cantata 105
Jul 5 @ 7:30 pm
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Shortly after arriving in Leipzig in the summer of 1723, Bach composed two cantatas within a month of each other. The 2018 Discovery Series, led by Scott Allen Jarrett, Director of Music at Boston University Marsh Chapel and Artistic Director of the Bach Akademie of Charlotte, examines the two works written during this formative time in Bach’s life. The second installment in our series, “Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht,” is often considered to be the first cantata wholly composed in Leipzig and features a joyful tenor aria.

OBF Baroque Orchestra; Scott Allen Jarrett, lecturer and conductor

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Jul
6
Fri
Paul Jacobs All-Bach Organ Recital
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm
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Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs returns to OBF after a sold-out concert in 2017. Called “one of the major musicians of our time” by The New Yorker and “one of the great living virtuosos” by The Washington Post, Jacobs will deliver a program of seminal Bach works—a mixture of masterworks and rarely heard repertoire.

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Jul
7
Sat
On the House: SFYCA Soloists
Jul 7 @ 12:30 pm

A specially-selected group of solo singers from our Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy.

Free Admission

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OBF Family: Big Brass Bonanza
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm
OBF Family: Big Brass Bonanza @ Soreng Theater, Hult Center | Eugene | Oregon | United States
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Few things are more exciting than live Big Brass during summer time. Bring the whole family to clap and sing along to “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and music from West Side Story. We’ll even throw in a little Bach and Handel for good measure.

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm
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After selling-out city after city in 2017 and 2018, America’s top brass musicians finally bring their joyous sound to Eugene. Called “impressive” and “so compelling nothing else really mattered” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the ensemble will perform a tremendously diverse range of music, including John Philip Sousa, Bach, Bernstein, Handel, Elvis, Fats Waller, and much more.

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Jul
8
Sun
Let’s Talk!
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm

Join KWAX radio host Peter van de Graaff and composer Richard Danielpour for an informal preconcert chat.

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The Passion of Yeshua
Jul 8 @ 2:00 pm
The Passion of Yeshua @ Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center | Eugene | Oregon | United States
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Situated in the historical musical legacy of Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, The Passion of Yeshua, from American composer Richard Danielpour, creates space for voices traditionally silent/silenced in retellings of the Biblical narrative. Drawing from Messianic texts, and specifically highlighting the voices of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene, the text – presented in both Hebrew and English – brings the last twelve hours of Jesus’ life back to its Jewish origins. Conducted by JoAnn Falletta.

Sarah Shafer, soprano; J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano; Kenneth Overton, bass-baritone; Matthew Worth, baritone; OBF Orchestra; OBF Chorus; UO Chamber Choir; JoAnn Falletta, conductor

This event supported by a generous grants from the Nils and Jewel Hult Endowment – Arts Foundation of Western Oregon Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon Cultural Trust

Jul
9
Mon
Serenade Wine and Music Excursion
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm
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Back by popular demand, the Serenade wine excursion is quickly becoming a new tradition among OBF patrons. This year, your unique, immersive experience takes you “backstage” at Iris Vineyards wine making facility for a memorable afternoon of wine tastings, food from Eugene’s distinctive Party Downtown Restaurant, live music, and a few surprises. Complimentary round-trip transportation is available upon request.

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Berwick Academy: Mozart at Twilight
Jul 9 @ 7:30 pm
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As the sun sets and the stars come out, you’re invited to sit back and relax as the twilight breeze gently glides dulcet notes through the evening air. The all-Mozart event includes Adagio and Fugue, Serenade in C Minor, and the composer’s “Great” G Minor Symphony, No. 40.

Marc Destubé, violin and director

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Jul
10
Tue
Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy
Jul 10 @ 7:30 pm
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The nationally-renowned choral training program, led by Dr. Anton Armstrong, invites you to celebrate the 100th birthday of acclaimed composer Leonard Bernstein with a performance of the “exhilarating” (BBC) Chichester Psalms. The concert will also feature Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs and the 80-voice SFYCA chorus presenting an exceptionally beautiful variety of repertoire, including works by Kurt Weill, Carolyn Jennings, and Bach’s Cantata No. 4.

Paul Jacobs, organ; OBF Orchestra; Anton Armstrong, conductor

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This event is a participant in the Bernstein Centennial Celebration

Jul
11
Wed
An Evening with Philip Glass
Jul 11 @ 7:30 pm
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Through his operas, symphonies, and wide-ranging collaborations with artists from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, and Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. KWAX radio host Peter van de Graaff sits down for an intimate evening of music and conversation with one of today’s most respected and prolific composers.

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Photo: Steve Pyke

Jul
12
Thu
On the House: Organ Institute Showcase
Jul 12 @ 1:00 pm

The culminating performance of the OBF Organ Institute.

Free Admission

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Glass: Piano Concerto No. 3
Jul 12 @ 7:30 pm
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The Pacific Northwest premiere of a bold new work for piano and strings by celebrated composer Philip Glass, performed by chart-topping pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the OBF Orchestra. The new commission will be paired with Bach’s Brandeburg Concerto No. 3, Piano Concerto No. 7 in G Minor, and Glass’ own String Quartet No. 5.

Simone Dinnerstein, piano; OBF String Orchestra

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Jul
13
Fri
Inside the Music Brunch
Jul 13 @ 12:30 pm
Inside the Music Brunch @ The Studio, Hult Center | Eugene | Oregon | United States

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Last year’s sold-out event returns! Join UO music theorist Stephen Rodgers for an in-depth look at the iconic 19th-century oratorio. Enjoy scrumptious light bites as you follow along in the score and learn how we bring the music from the page to the stage. After your lesson and lunch, stick around for additional insights and a live rehearsal with conductor John Nelson, Elijah soloists, and the OBF orchestra.

 

Simply Three
Jul 13 @ 7:30 pm
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Simply Three has captivated audiences worldwide with high-octane performances since 2010. Acclaimed as “having what it takes” (Boston Philharmonic) and “highly imaginative” (Maine Today), Simply Three continues to receive praise for their ability to impress listeners with inventive renditions of favorites from artists and composers ranging from Adele, Gershwin, Coldplay, twenty one pilots, Ed Sheeran, and Michael Jackson. By reshaping convention through genre hopping, the string trio continues to seek the true essence of classical crossover with original works and innovative arrangements that showcase their technical virtuosity and heartfelt musicality.

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Jul
14
Sat
Let’s Talk!
Jul 14 @ 6:30 pm

Join KWAX radio host Peter van de Graaff and UO music theorist Stephen Rodgers for an informal preconcert chat.

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Mendelssohn: Elijah
Jul 14 @ 7:30 pm

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Created from “outstanding imagination and beauty” (The Guardian), Mendelssohn’s final and reverent composition is one of the most successful oratorios of the Victorian age. Music and opera lovers of all kinds will appreciate the dramatic treatment of the life of the prophet—summoning people to righteousness, performing miracles, struggling against idolatry, confronting a wicked queen, and rising to heaven in a fiery chariot. Conducted in English by John Nelson, one of America’s most heralded conductors and recipient of the Juilliard Irving Berlin conducting prize.

Nicole Cabell, soprano; William Brock, soprano; J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Kenneth Overton, bass-baritone; OBF Orchestra; OBF Chorus; UO Chamber Choir; John Nelson, conductor

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