A Bach festival is a music festival held to celebrate the memory of the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). Various locations throughout the world hold festivals dedicated to Bach. Notable Bach festivals include those held by Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio; those held by the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music; the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park in Winter Park, Florida; and the Bachfest Bolivia, celebrated yearly in Cochabamba each March since 2008. Bachfest Bolivia commemorates Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday and is organized by Bolivian director and pianist Elizabeth Schwimmer.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem was organized in 1898 to study Bach's Mass in B minor. The choir performed the American premiere of the complete Mass on March 27, 1900, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, though there is evidence that parts of the Mass had been performed in the United States as early as 1870. Bruce Carey was the chorus's director from 1933 until 1938, William Ifor Jones from 1939 until 1969.
Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival
The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University is home to the BW Bach Festival, the oldest collegiate Bach festival in the nation as well as the second oldest in the nation. The festival was founded in 1932 by Professor Albert Riemenschneider (longtime Director of the College Conservatory) and his wife Selma. The then Baldwin-Wallace Festival Choir and Orchestra presented the first Bach Festival in June 1933 and has continued since then. The oldest Bach Festival, The Bethlehem, and Baldwin Wallace performed together for BW's 75th anniversary of the festival.
Winter Park Bach Festival
The Winter Park Bach Festival is the third-oldest continuously operating Bach festival in the United States, running since 1935. It brings together a lineup of international classical performers to campus, for a two-week event. The 150-voice Bach Festival Society is regarded as one of the olderoratorio societies in America.
List of Bach festivals
- Arizona Bach Festival
- The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
- Bach Festival of Philadelphia
- Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
- Bach in the Subways
- Bach Music Festival of Canada
- Bachfest Ankara
- Bachfest Bolivia
- Bachfest Leipzig
- Bachwoche Ansbach
- Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival
- Carmel Bach Festival
- English Bach Festival
- Frauenkirchen Bachtage Dresden
- Montreal Bach Festival
- Oregon Bach Festival
- Thüringer Bachwochen
- Tilford Bach Festival
- Winter Park Bach Festival
- The WQXR All-Day Bach Organ Marathon
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- ↑ Arizona Bach Festival
- ↑ Bach Festival of Philadelphia
- ↑ Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
- ↑ Bachfest Ankara
- ↑ Bachfest Bolivia
- ↑ Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival
- ↑ Kennedy, Michael and Kennedy, Joyce Bourne (1996) "English Bach Festival". The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. Oxford University Press. Retrieved online via Encyclopedia.com 4 October 2016
- ↑ Frauenkirchen Bachtage Dresden
- ↑ Montreal Bach Festival
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