Oregon Bach Festival program to explore state’s geographical, cultural history

Posted on: July 10, 2019

On July 12 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon, pianist and composer Darrell Grant will curate and perform in an Oregon Bach Festival concert entitled “The Territory,” exploring Oregon’s geographical and cultural history as well as the experiences of the region’s native peoples, settlers, and immigrants. The performance by Grant and his jazz ensemble will incorporate melodies from Nez Perce chants, thematic elements representing rolling ice-age floods, and vibrations Grant imagines resonating throughout Oregon’s hills. Musicians in Grant’s jazz ensemble include cellist Hamilton Cheifetz, vocalist Marilyn Keller, bassist/clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Kirt Peterson, trumpeter Thomas Barber, drummer Tyson Stubelek, saxophonist/alto flutist John Nastos, bassist Eric Gruber, and vibraphonist Mike Horsfall. The two-week Oregon Bach Festival will conclude this year on July 13 with Berlioz’s choral symphony Roméo et Juliette, with John Nelson conducting the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, University of Oregon Chamber Choir, and vocal soloists.

Posted July 10, 2019