2016/2017 Season

The 17th-Century German Trombone (die alte Posaune)

Sunday September 25, 3 PM @ United Lutheran

 
trombonesThe German trombone tradition, which began in the fifteenth century, continues unbroken to the present day. While J.S. Bach used the trombone infrequently, composers before him used the instrument quite often. The period from 1550 to 1650 has been called a “Golden Age of the Trombone” because, at the height of its popularity, every church, court, and municipality in Europe (and their colonies abroad) employed or desired trombonists. This concert will present trombone music from several seventeenth-century German composers showing the instrument’s affective flexibility and rhetorical capabilities. Performers include singers Dylan Bunten, bass, Alyse Jamieson, alto, trombonists Bodie Pfost (director), Barrett Codiek, Kenneth Biggs, Mark Jacobs and Brian Taylor, and organist Margret Gries.

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Ye Sacred Muses: Consort Songs by William Byrd

Sunday October 16, ** 4 PM ** @ United Lutheran

 
violsOBC welcomes members of Cascadia Viols (Anthony Allen, Lee Inman, Tim Scott, Dirk Freymuth, and Ann Shaffer) and guest vocalists Kerry McCarthy and Tim Galloway for a program of music for voices and viols by William Byrd (c.1540-1623). One of the greatest composers of Elizabethan England, Byrd produced an immense repertoire of sacred and secular vocal polyphony, as well as finely crafted instrumental works, all showcasing remarkable complexity and expressive power. This program will highlight Byrd’s rich repertoire of consort songs, along with selections from his Mass for Five Voices, and a few of his works for viol consort.

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Sacred Arias for Voice, Trombone and Organ

Sunday November 27, 3 PM @ United Lutheran

 
ariasThe sacred dramatic music of the Habsburg Empire from roughly 1650 to 1750 is a repertoire underrepresented in modern concert programs. Not only does it offer a glimpse into the sound world of another time and place, it also demonstrates a profound shift in playing the trombone. From its inception in the fifteenth century, the instrument was played "in A," however, around the year 1712, trombonists began to play it "in B-flat" and continue to do so today. This shift in approach to the instrument can be seen and heard through the music composed for it at the time. In this concert Bodie Pfost, trombone, and Sarah Benzinger, soprano present selected arias with trombone obbligatos that best represent this unknown repertoire and that most important shift in trombone performance technique.

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Baroque Music for Fortepiano and Five-String Cello

Sunday January 15, 3 PM @ Church of the Resurrection

 
Julia Brown will be playing her beautiful Broadwood (copy) fortepiano and Marc Vanscheeuwijck his c.1800 Contal five-string cello for this special program. To hear these sonorities in sonatas by J.S. Bach, J.C.F. Bach, and C.H. Graun is to revisit the salon culture of late eighteenth-century Germany in its most rich and luxurious form. You will not want to miss the ‘conversation’ between these two well-known early music performers.

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Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard St, Eugene


Les Grâces: Virtuosic Music by French Composers

Sunday February 26, 3 PM @ United Lutheran

 
Featuring baroque violinists Holly Roberts and Michael Sand, OBC soloists present music by François Couperin and Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre in a program that would satisfy the most demanding connoisseur. Virtuosity in this repertoire is displayed not only in the brilliance of sonorities but also in the subtleties of ornamentation. Jacquet de la Guerre was well-known during her lifetime, but is less frequently heard today. Her music is certainly deserving of our attention to what her contemporaries called her “tunes and harmonies of great variety and in quite the best possible taste.” The program also features Couperin’s Les Nations, the composer’s attempt to contrast the virtues of the Italian sonata with the large-scale forms of the French dance suite. Marc Vanscheeuwijck, baroque ‘cello, and Margret Gries, harpsichord, provide basso continuo support for these masterworks of the French “Classical” period.

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United Lutheran Church, 22nd and Washington, Eugene, Map/Directions


Easter Week in Naples

Sunday April 9, 3 PM @ Church of the Resurrection

 
naplesBased on recent research and interest in the remarkable history of music performance in the confraternities and churches of Naples, this program will cover a variety of offerings associated with Easter Week observances. Most well-known is Pergolesi’s setting of the “Stabat mater” sequence, composed for the Contrafernità dei Cavalieri di San Luigi di Palazzo. You will also hear Caresana’s “Tarantella,” the cantata “Squarciato appena havea” by Provenzale and a cello concerto by Fiorenza. Directed by Marc Vanscheeuwijck, the program features vocalists Alison Kaufman, Sarah Brauer, Emma Lynn, Cole Blume and Dylan Bunten, with baroque strings from University of Oregon Collegium.

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Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard St, Eugene


Marcello: Music for Men’s Voices

Sunday April 30, 3 PM @ United Lutheran

 
marcelloBased on recent research and interest in the remarkable history of music performance in the confraternities and churches of Naples, this program will cover a variety of offerings associated with Easter Week observances. Most well-known is Pergolesi’s setting of the “Stabat mater” sequence, composed for the Contrafernità dei Cavalieri di San Luigi di Palazzo. You will also hear Caresana’s “Tarantella,” the cantata “Squarciato appena havea” by Provenzale and a cello concerto by Fiorenza. Directed by Marc Vanscheeuwijck, the program features vocalists Alison Kaufman, Sarah Brauer, Emma Lynn, Cole Blume and Dylan Bunten, with baroque strings from University of Oregon Collegium.

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United Lutheran Church, 22nd and Washington, Eugene, Map/Directions