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Blake Applegate leads Cantores in Ecclesia at the William Byrd Festival

Oregon boasts a scintillating lineup of classical and other music festivals — the Oregon Bach Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Pickathon, the Northwest String Summit, Cathedral Park Jazz, Portland International Piano Festival, etc etc. As impressive as they are, however, they’re far from unique. Other American cities enjoy summer chamber music festivals, even Bach festivals, and everyone knows about Newport’s legendary jazz fest and the profusion of summer outdoor rock fests. Even our fascinating Time Based Arts festival is part of a circuit of similar fringe fests around the world.

But Oregonians can count on a pair of singular late-summer celebrations that are hard to find elsewhere. Nowhere else but in Portland will you find a festival so devoted to the works of a particular English Renaissance composer. And you’d be hard-pressed to encounter as thoughtful and diverse an exploration of American music as happens every summer in Eugene.

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