The Oregon Bach Festival welcomes its new executive director, Janelle McCoy, who is an accomplished mezzo soprano and arts administrator. Eric Alan speaks with her about her priorities and vision for moving the festival forward in 2016 and beyond.
This year’s Oregon Bach Festival runs from June 25th to July 12th, with events in Eugene and Portland. Its wide range of musical offerings will include the new Berwick Academy for Historical Performance, which will debut on Saturday, June 27th as Matthew Halls conducts three of Beethoven’s greatest works in Beall Hall. Members of the Berwick Academy will also perform live in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls preview this year’s festival, with KLCC's Eric Alan.
KLCC and the Oregon Bach Festival continued their annual collaborative tradition by celebrating the opening of the year's festival with a special hour-long performance in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios, on Wednesday evening, June 25th. This year's performance featured cellist Jonathan Manson and lutenist Simon Martyn-Ellis--two of the world's top players on their respective instruments--with a live studio audience. The broadcast was hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan, and co-hosted by John Steinmetz from the Oregon Bach Festival. It was a truly memorable evening.
The Oregon Bach Festival’s new artistic director Matthew Halls speaks with Eric Alan about this year’s festival, and his vision for both the artistic and educational components in future years to come.