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Various locations in Oregon

June 24, 2013


The 2013 event June 24-July 14 celebrates Helmuth Rilling’s 80th birthday and honors his 44th and concluding season as artistic director.

Rilling, who turns 80 on May 29, conducts Beethoven’s monumental Missa Solemnis as the opening concert, Bach’s St John Passion in four lecture-demonstrations and a full concert, and Bach’s B Minor Mass in Portland and Eugene as the Festival finale.

Among the guest artists are violinists Midori and Chee-Yun, pianist/conductor Jeffrey Kahane, the Chuang/Levin piano duo, L.A-based baroque group Bach’s Circle, the Hohenstaufen Quartet (which includes Rilling’s daughters Rahel and Sara), the Czech duo Radim Zenkl and Leo Chern, and soprano Tamara Wilson.

Matthew Halls, who will succeed Rilling as artistic director immediately following the Festival, conducts a “Night at the Opera” July 2 and shares the podium with Rilling in a “Passing of the Baton” July 6, both in Eugene’s 2,430-seat Silva Concert Hall.

Halls also serves as harpsichord soloist in a four-city, all-Bach tour with period-music specialist Monica Huggett and the Portland Baroque Orchestra.