Bach Festival

Contact

(440) 826-8070
bachfest@bw.edu

The 84th Annual Bach Festival runs Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, 2016.

Event Schedule

FRIDAY, APRIL 15

Master Class

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Chamber Hall
Sean Duggan, piano

Open House

12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Riemenschneider Bach Institute

Master Class

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Kadel Family Vocal Music Hall
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone

Festival Brass

2:15 p.m.
Marting Hall Tower**
John Brndiar, conductor

Lecture

3:00 p.m.
Lindsay-Crossman Chapel
Implications of Neuromusical Research: Music is Natural. Music is Nurtured. 
Presented by Dr. Richard Edwards, Assistant Professor of Music, Ohio Wesleyan University

The process of listening, performing, and creating music has long been a fascinating topic for neuroscientists to study due to the ubiquity of music throughout human culture and the widespread neural activation regions in the brain associated with musical behaviors. Based on an extensive review of peer-reviewed brain imaging music research, this presentation will address the inherent potential of music in all people (Music is natural) and the implications  of how music is learned (Music is nurtured).  

Festival Brass

6:15 p.m.
Marting Hall Tower**
John Brndiar, conductor

First Concert ($)

7:00 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium

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David Lang: the little match girl passion
J. S. Bach: Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228
Baldwin Wallace Motet Choir
Dirk Garner, conductor

The BW Conservatory is pleased to offer a live-stream of this concert. Due to copyright issues, the concert will not be archived for future viewing. A few minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin, simply click on the link below and be sure to adjust the speakers attached to your computer. Finally, sit back and enjoy the outstanding performance.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 16

Bach Rennen ($)

8:00 a.m.
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5K Run/Walk

Lecture

11:00 a.m.
Chamber Hall
Bach's St. Matthew Passion and the Good Friday Vespers
Presented by Dr. Robin A. Leaver, General Editor, Yale Journal of Music & Religion, Visiting Professor, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Queen’s University, Belfast; Emeritus Professor, Westminster Choir College

In hearing music context is everything. It is not only what we hear but how we hear it. And how we hear music today is often very different from the way music was heard by its first audience. So this lecture will explore the difference between how we hear the St. Matthew Passion today and how the Leipzigers first heard it on a Good Friday afternoon. 

Panel Discussion

1:30 p.m.
Chamber Hall
Anti-Semitism and the St. Matthew Passion
Featuring Dr. Robin Leaver, Fr. Sean Duggan, and Dr. Alan Kolp
Moderated Dr. Danielle Kuntz

Festival Brass

2:15 p.m.
Marting Hall Tower**
John Brndiar, conductor

Second Concert ($)

3:00 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium

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J.S. Bach: Fantasie and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 906
J.S. Bach: English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811
Beethoven: Sonata No. 29 in B-flat, Op. 106 ("Hammerklavier")
Fr. Sean Duggan, piano
A two-time winner of the International Bach Keyboard Competition, a monk of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, Louisiana, and piano faculty, Fredonia University

Festival Brass

6:15 p.m.
Marting Hall Tower**
John Brndiar, conductor

Third Concert ($)

7:00 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium

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St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Dashon Burton, Christus
Rufus Müller, Evangelist
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Luthien Brackett, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Anderson, tenor
Jason Steigerwalt, baritone

Festival Choir
Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra
Dirk Garner, conductor

The BW Conservatory is pleased to offer a live-stream of this concert. Due to copyright issues, the concert will not be archived for future viewing. A few minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin, simply click on the link below and be sure to adjust the speakers attached to your computer. Finally, sit back and enjoy the outstanding performance.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 17

Free Concert

11:15 a.m.
Berea United Methodist Church
Bach’s Music in its Liturgical Context
Porpora:  Magnificat in A minor

Baldwin Wallace Womens Choir
Jordan Saul, conductor

$ = Tickets Required
**= Rain Location is the Fynette Kulas Musical Hall.

TICKETS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

Subscription sales begin February 1.  Please contact the Conservatory events office at (440) 826-8070 for further information. Single Tickets are available via www.bw.edu/tickets or by calling (440) 826-8070  beginning March 1.

Group Discounts

Groups of 10 or more can take advantage of a 25 percent discount off subscription prices or single tickets. For additional ticket and group information, call the Conservatory events office at (440) 826-8070 or email bachfest@bw.edu.

Waiting List for Single Tickets

Should a concert be sold out or if you would like to increase your chances of getting tickets for the event of your choice, you may add your name to a waiting list for tickets to individual concerts. Tickets are subject to availability.

Bach Festival subscription patrons may turn in tickets for resale. Please call back as often as you would like to check on availability. Waiting list patrons will be contacted by phone as tickets become available.

Waiting list requests are held free of charge. Please contact us by phone, mail or email and specify:

  1. number of tickets for concert and/or dinner tickets
  2. desired concerts
  3. first and second seating preference for section A, B or C
  4. seating preference for balcony or floor

Bach Festival Colony Room Buffet Dinner

Friday, April 15, 2016, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 4:30-6:30 p.m. 
Colony Room, Strosacker Hall, 120 East Grand Street, Berea

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The buffet menu offers diners a complete buffet including soup, salad bar, hot entrées, potato, vegetables, and rolls. To complete the meal, a delicious dessert bar featuring our popular English Trifle and a variety of desserts from our "in house" bakery are available.

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About the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival

The Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival – the oldest collegiate Bach festival in the nation – was founded in 1932 by Professor Albert Riemenschneider (longtime director of the BW Conservatory) and his wife, Selma. The Baldwin Wallace Festival Choir and Orchestra presented the first Bach Festival in June 1933, and we've been performing annual Bach festivals ever since. In the current era, the festival is evolving to include year-round events, like Bach Haus, that explore Bach's influence on a broad spectrum of music.

Baldwin Wallace performing groups are joined by faculty members and professional musicians in the three-day, multi-event program. Soloists are internationally known artists; the lecturers, distinguished Bach and Baroque scholars. Our students consider the unusual opportunity of participating, as colleagues, with world-class professionals a high point in their performing experience.

Beginning with the 43rd festival in 1975, the festival performing groups have been reduced to sizes now known to be more in line with those employed in Bach's time. Likewise, from 1975 on, all vocal works have been sung in the language of their origins. These changes have made possible the cultivation of a truly Baroque sound with inherent clarity, drive and intensity.

With a repertoire list that includes more than 300 compositions by J. S. Bach, as well as selected works from 52 other composers, the Festival rotates Bach's four major choral works on a four-year cycle. In this way, BW students are exposed to all four of the major Bach choral works during their college years; the B-minor Mass, the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, and the Christmas Oratorio.

Why Bach?

By Dr. Melvin Unger

Many would say it is the lucidity of Bach's music – the consummate integration of its structural elements – that makes it so great. Bach was unsurpassed in his ability to grasp (intuitively it seems) the possibilities of a melodic or harmonic idea, and to work these out in coherent, yet expressive ways. His music functions equally well on both horizontal and vertical planes – as a series of simultaneous melodic strands and as a progression of chords. It brings competing impulses into equilibrium: the logical and the mystical, the sonic and the symbolic. It constantly surprises the listener with its inventiveness.

While using as its starting point the harmonic language, compositional techniques and rhetorical figures of its day, it moves far beyond them. Bach's style is characterized by a richness of chromatic language, a logic of thematic unfolding and an overlay of hermeneutical (interpretive) allusions. It is no wonder that succeeding composers held him in such awe. Robert Schumann put it well: "Wir sind alle Stumper gegen ihn" (Next to him we are all plodders).