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Not the Bach you may have heard of.

Byline: Lillian Schrock The Register-Guard

The Eugene Vocal Arts and Eugene Concert Orchestra will open its 2016-17 season with a piece by the son of celebrated composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

The concert also will feature music by the fictitious son of Bach, P.D.Q. Bach, a playful creation by a musical satirist.

The music will be directed and conducted by Diane Retallack and will take place at Beall Concert Hall at the University of Oregon.

The "Bach to Bach" concert, taking place on Veterans Day, will open with "America the Beautiful" by Katherine Bates and Samuel Ward, arranged by Robert Page.

The first half of the concert will feature a work by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second-oldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach. C.P.E. Bach's "Magnificat," a cantata for choir, orchestra and four soloists, was composed in 1749. Soloists will include Laura Decher Wayte, soprano; Hannah Penn, alto; Brendan Tuohy, tenor; and Ian Timmons, bass.

The second half of the concert will spotlight P.D.Q. Bach, who was created by Peter Schickele. Musicians will perform "The Bluegrass Cantata." It will feature tenor soloist Brendan Tuohy, bass soloist Ian Timmons, a chorus, a Baroque chamber orchestra and a bluegrass band.

The piece is written in German in operatic style and is performed with a bluegrass band with nuances in music, such as hillbilly banter, said Angela Egremont, general manager of the Eugene Concert Choir.

"Schickele composes music in Bach-like flavor but with insane overturns," Egremont said. "It's just a humorous take on Bach, really."

Bluegrass musicians will join the choir, including Corwin Bolt on banjo and Josh Britton on bass, both from Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts; Jeremy Wegner on mandolin from The Sugar Beets and the Klezmonauts; Jeremy Sher on fiddle from the Green Mountain Bluegrass Band; and Sean Shanahan on guitar, who is one of the hosts of the weekly Sam Bond's bluegrass jam.

The audience is invited to a post-concert reception with live music performed by the guest bluegrass band. CONCERT PREVIEW Eugene Concert Choir's Bach to Bach When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Beall Concert Hall, 961 E. 18th Ave. Tickets: $26.50 to $31 (

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Title Annotation:Music; A concert will feature work by two sons of the famous composer - one of whom is real
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 10, 2016
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