Oregon Bach Festival
|Country and Region||United States — Oregon|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Eugene; Ashland; and Bend, Oregon, USA|
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Oregon Bach Festival
For two weeks internationally regarded artists take part in the Oregon Bach Festival with choral-orchestral concerts centering on the music and wide-ranging influence of J.S. Bach. Set amid the lush forests and scenic rivers of Eugene and the Willamette Valley, the festival also includes chamber music, family events, and educational programs.
|Festival Dates||June 30 – July 5, 2014|
- CELEBRATED ORGANIST PAUL JACOBS NAMED HEAD OF NEW ORGAN INSTITUTE AT VENERABLE OREGON BACH FESTIVAL — Juilliard Organ Chairman To Lead New Festival Program as Part of Oregon Bach Festival’s Expanded Educational Initiative
- In 2014 the first major festival to add a component devoted exclusively to the study and performance of the organ, which figured so prominently in the compositions and performance life of J. S. Bach. The Institute will offer organists the opportunity to immerse themselves in the art of organ playing, exploring technique and interpretation through specialized seminars. In preparation for a final public recital, participants will perform in daily master classes under the direction of Mr. Jacobs and Matthew Halls, the Oregon Bach Festival’s Artistic Director, among others. Mr. Jacobs is honored to be chosen for this prestigious appointment. An eloquent champion of his instrument, arguing that the organ for too long has been excluded from the mainstream of classical music, Paul Jacobs is known for his imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence. Prodigiously talented from his earliest years, at 15 young Jacobs was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500 in his hometown, Washington, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, double-majoring with John Weaver for the organ and Lionel Party for the harpsichord, and at Yale University with Thomas Murray. He joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 2003, and was named chairman of the organ department in 2004, one of the youngest faculty appointees in the school’s history. He received Juilliard’s prestigious William Schuman Scholar’s Chair in 2007. In addition to his concert and teaching appearances, Mr. Jacobs is a frequent performer at festivals across the world, and has appeared on American Public Media’s Performance Today, Pipedreams, and Saint Paul Sunday, as well as NPR’s Morning Edition, and ABC-TV’s World News Tonight.
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