Bach Festival



Guest Artists

Jessica Petrus, soprano

Eric Jurenas, counter-tenor



Dirk Garner
Festival Music Director 



Octavio Más-Arocas

Festival Orchestra Director

  Marc Weagraff

Bach Service Director

John Brndiar
Festival Brass Director


Schedule of Events

83rd Annual Bach Festival
April 17-19, 2015

2015 marks the 83rd year of BW's annual Bach Festival.  This year's festival celebrates the music of
J. S. Bach and his contemporaries with three days of concerts and events.  Join us for performances, masterclasses and lectures. 


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

Master Class                        1:00
2:15 p.m.
Kadel Family Vocal Music Hall
           Paul Max Tipton, bass-baritone

Lecture                              3:00 p.m.
Lindsay-Crossman Chapel
           “Bach and the Brain”
           Presented by Dr. Ian Woods,
           Assistant Professor, Computational Biology,
           Ithaca College

A spark of genius that evokes powerful emotion, sensory awareness and a deep sense of accord.  Music is the creative interplay of spirit, mind and body.  Join us as we explore the dynamic and meaningful relationship between music and the brain.  Our presentation is for scholars and laypersons alike who are intrigued by the many ways music touches our lives....through communication and bonding, genetic inheritance and biology.  Dr. Ian Woods is a scholar and musician with dual degrees in biology and music.  His undergraduate studies included a thesis on Bach.

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

First Concert ($)                 7:00 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium
Accompanied by the Festival Chamber Orchestra
the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra

            Steven Stucky:   Funeral Music for Queen Mary
                                     (after Purcell)

            J. S. Bach:  Cantata No. 170,
                              Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust
                              Eric Jurenas, counter tenor

                              Dancers from LottDance
                                 Seyong Kim
                                 Jennifer McQuiston Lott, choreographer
                                 Austin Reynolds
                                 Amy Saunder
            J. S. Bach/O. Respighi:   Prelude and Fugue in
                                                 D Major, P. 158

            J. S. Bach/L Berio:  Contrapunctus XIX 
Arvo Pärt:  Collage on B-A-C-H
Tom Trapp:  Headless Snowman

                         Octavio Más-Arocas, conductor

Bach Rennen ($)               8:00 a.m.
5K Run/Walk
To Register:

Master Class                     11:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
Kadel Family Vocal Music Hall
             Jessica Petrus, soprano

                            1:00 p.m.
Chamber Hall
“Mass Pandemonium: Why Bach’s
           Greatest  Composition is a Magnet for

           Presented by Dr. Stephen Crist,
           Chair, Music History, Emory University

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

Second Concert ($)           3:00 p.m.
Berea United Methodist Church
170 Seminary Street, Berea
            Edoardo Maria Bellotti , organ
  Associate Professor of Organ,
            Harpsichord and Improvisation,
            Eastman School of Music

Works by J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Pasquini and
            Improvisations on given themes.

Festival Brass                   6:15 p.m.
Marting Hall Tower**
ohn Brndiar, conductor

Third Concert ($)              7:00 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium

          Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
          Jessica Petrus, soprano
          Eric Jurenas, counter-tenor
          John Russell, tenor
Paul Max Tipton, bass-baritone
Festival Choir

          Baldwin Wallace Bach Orchestra
          Dirk Garner, conductor 

Free Concert                   
11:15 a.m.
Berea United Methodist Church
170 Seminary Street, Berea
Bach’s Music in its Liturgical Context
J. S. Bach: 
Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61
          BW Singers and organ
          Marc Weagraff, conductor

Bach Festival Alumni Choir ($)    12:30-4:00 p.m.
Strosacker Union/Fynette Kulas Music Hall

Gather with alumni and current students to sing through selections from Bach’s B Minor Mass in a master class format, led by Dirk Garner.  This event begins with a lunch in the Strosacker Union and is followed by a light reception in the Conservatory.  $15 to participate.  Register here:



$ = tickets required
** = rain location is the Fynette Kulas Musical Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Building


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