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Byline: Paul Denison The Register-Guard

`Feel the Joy'' is the theme of the 36th Oregon Bach Festival, which opens Thursday and runs through July 10.

Major concerts that obviously fit the theme include the comic opera that Felix Mendelssohn wrote when he was a teenager, "The Uncle From Boston" (the American premiere), J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio and six of his cantatas, G.F. Handel's "L'Allegro" (with guest conductor John Nelson) and F.J. Haydn's "The Creation," which Bach Festival artistic director Helmuth Rilling considers "the happiest and most joyful oratorio in the history of music."

Executive director Royce Saltzman says the festival's "overarching idea" of joy can be felt even in the ostensibly darker work which will kick off the festival: Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasion Segun San Marcos, a Latin American Lenten carnival version of events leading to the crucifixion of Jesus.

Rilling commissioned this work from Golijov, a Jewish composer who grew up in a Catholic country. Golijov's Pasion has stunned and wowed audiences in Germany, New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.

This will be the Northwest premiere, sung by conductor Maria Guinand's Schola Cantorum de Caracas, Venezuela.

On the following pages is a guide to the host of concerts, lectures and children's performances that make up this year's festival.


36th annual Oregon Bach Festival

When: Friday through July 10

Where: The Hult Center (Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street) and the University of Oregon School of Music (961 E. 18th Ave.)

Highlights: Northwest premiere of La Pasion Segun San Marcos by Osvaldo Golijov (with Schola Cantorum from Caracas, Venezuela), American premiere of "The Uncle From Boston" by Felix Mendelssohn, Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach, and "The Creation" by F.J. Haydn, plus the Kronos Quartet, Tempesta di Mare, Imani Winds and more

Tickets: $5 to $49 (682-5000 or www
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Title Annotation:Entertainment; From big events to small, maestro Helmuth Rilling aims to bring out the joy
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 19, 2005
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