Photo: Jon Christopher Meyers © Oregon Bach Festival
Photo: Jon Christopher Meyers © Oregon Bach Festival

The Oregon Bach Festival announces the extension of Artistic Director Matthew Halls’ contract until 2020, the 50th anniversary of the Festival.

In July 2011 Halls appeared for the first time at the Oregon Bach Festival.  Such was the impact of his performances there, he was immediately asked to succeed Helmuth Rilling as Artistic Director at the close of the 2013 Festival. His inaugural Festival included performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Monteverdi Vespers as well as his own reconstruction of Bach’s St Mark Passion. This year sees him conduct performances of Haydn’s Creation, Brahms Symphony 4, Bach’s Cantata No.150 and Mahler’s Symphony No.2 ‘Resurrection’.

Pioneered by Halls, this summer sees the Oregon Bach Festival launch the Berwick Academy for Historically Informed Performance under his leadership, a new national training programme for advanced students.

More information about the Oregon Bach Festival, along with their season brochure can be found here.