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Oregon Bach Fest Includes World and Regional Premieres And More


The Oregon Bach Festivalbegan Friday in Eugene. The nearly 50 year old event attracts artists and fans from around the world.

In the past year, Artistic Director Matthew Halls left the festival under some controversy. After that, it became a department of the University of Oregon’s music school. OBF Executive Director Janelle McCoy says this brings it back to its roots.

“We used to have a very strong relationship with the University School of Music and Dance. Our founder Royce Saltzman was an Associate Dean at the School of Music and Dance and maybe in some ways we’ve missed that relationship quite a bit.”

The 2 week festival includes the world premiere of the Passion of Yeshua by composer Richard Danielpour, the regional premier of a piece by Phillip Glass, and much more, including lots of Bach. McCoy says ticket sales are above expectations for the festival which runs through July 14th.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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