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Bach Festival Society Concludes Season with SPRING IN VIENNA, 4/28-4/29

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Vienna has been home to some of the world's most important composers and has inspired some of the greatest works in Western musical history. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park concludes its 2011–2012 Season with "Spring in Vienna," featuring music that captures the spirit of the "city of music." The Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra are joined by soprano Julia Foster and tenor Curtis Rayam on a program including the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss, the first movement of Schubert's Symphony No. 8 ("The Unfinished"), excerpts from Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes, and "Spring" from Haydn's The Seasons.

Considered the birthplace of the Classical style, Vienna's leading legacy is music. Vienna has been the setting for several prominent composers and their most famous works. The composers featured on this program-Johann Strauss, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms-experienced great success during their time in Vienna.

Julia Foster, soprano, is active in the stage, concert, and teaching arenas. Ms. Foster's recent concert engagements have included Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah, and Bach's Mass in B Minor. On the operatic stage, Ms. Foster has been seen as Elisetta in Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto, Beth in Adamo's Little Women, and Vitige in Handel's Flavio with Ars Lyrica Houston, among others. Ms. Foster currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Rollins College, where she coordinates a voice area of over 75 students and teaches music in both the classroom and studio.

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