Since the 1970s, Eugene has played host to an amazing summer music festival - the Oregon Bach Festival (OBF). The festival attracts distinguished musicians from around the world for two exciting weeks of orchestral and choral performances, lectures and community events in a true powerhouse of a production. An international audience of over 15,000 people flock to Eugene for the festival, which has grown to include over 50 musical events each year. Many performances are staged at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts and Beall and Berwick Halls at the University of Oregon.
The 2019 lineup for the Oregon Bach Festival includes performances by: Brooklyn Rider, Spanish Renaissance vocal quartet New York Polyphony, the Portland Cello Project, jazz pianist Darrell Grant, Peter Gregson in a makeover of the Bach Cello Suites. The festival will open with the "triumphant" Mozart Requiem to be conducted by celebrated British conductor Jane Glover. Oregon Bach Festival is pleased to welcome two virtuosos: world-renowned recorder player Matthias Maute will perform with the Berwick Academy while Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs will return after two years of sold out performances at OBF to play a program featuring Vierne's Symphony No. 6. Acclaimed conductor and keyboardist John Butt OBE will conduct two concerts during the festival. The closing performance will be Hector Berlioz' orchestral rendition of Romeo and Juliet with conductor John Nelson and venerated bass-baritone Eric Owens.
Audiences can expect other performances of this year's festival to include works from Bach, Mozart and Berlioz, a collaboration with an international dance academy and a concert blending jazz with the lush landscape of Oregon. Vocal performers for the festival include Julia Sophie Wagner, Sarah Shafer and Kenneth Overton, among others. Vijay Gupta will deliver the annual Hinkle Distinguished Lecture. Returning performers include Berwick Academy, Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy and the Organ Institute.