Joshua Bell to headline 2012 Oregon Bach Festival
Violinist Joshua Bell will be the soloist when the 2012 Oregon Bach Festival opens June 29 in Eugene and the next day in Portland with works by Felix Mendelssohn.
Oregon Bach Festival co-founder Helmuth Rilling - in his 42nd and next-to-last year as artistic director - will conduct both concerts.
Bell, a violin superstar, performed here in 2007 with the Eugene Symphony. It will mark his festival debut.
The festival also will bring back the piano-playing siblings The 5 Browns, headlining a July 12 musical tribute to Hollywood in Eugene's Silva Concert Hall.
The festival lineup also includes harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Halls, keyboardist Angela Hewitt, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, organist John Scott and pop orchestra Pink Martini.
For more information, see OregonBachFestival.com.
Eugene Opera wins grant to promote 'Nixon in China'
Eugene Opera has received a $20,000 audience development grant from Opera America to help market its spring production of the John Adams opera "Nixon in China."
The company was one of 16 around the country receiving such grants this year.
Eugene Opera is partnering with such local groups as the Confucius Institute and Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon to present educational events exploring the historical content of the opera's story.
"Nixon in China" will be presented at the Hult Center on March 16 and 18.
Lord Leebrick adds four 'Real Thing' performances
Lord Leebrick Theatre has added four performances to its current run of Tom Stoppard's comedy "The Real Thing."
The added shows will be 2 p.m. Feb. 5 and 8 p.m. Feb. 9-11. Tickets start at $17.
Go to LordLeebrick.org or call 541-465-1506.