$2 million boost for Bach Fest

Andy and Phyllis Berwick of Hillsborough, California, and David Katzin of Phoenix, Arizona, have each pledged $1 million to the Oregon Bach Festival’s $10 million endowment drive. The gifts bring the festival’s endowment total to $3.8 million raised since July 2004 toward the goal of establishing an operating budget that will secure the long term future of the festival.

The Berwicks, both University of Oregon alumni, attended their first festival concert in June of 2004. “We were blown away with the quality of the music,” said Andy, founder of Berwick Pacific Corp.

Katzin, a Phoenix real estate developer, was in Eugene for a Duck football game five years ago when he heard about the festival. “I love classical music,” said Katzin. “I made my way there the next summer.”

The gifts will help to fund in perpetuity the operations of the Oregon Bach Festival, providing a solid base of funding while fueling artistic growth. The Grammy Award-winning festival was founded in 1970.

“Our endowment is so important to stabilize finances for the future,” said Royce Saltzman, festival executive director. “We are indebted to both the Berwicks and Dave Katzin for building a foundation to grow both our concert and educational programs.”