The Bach Festival Announces 75th Anniversary Celebration

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The Bach Festival Announces 75th Anniversary Celebration

The Bach Festival brings the works of J.S. Bach to Winter Park's Central Park with its presentation of Big Band Bach. Bach was well known for his extraordinary ability to improvise, and "if Bach were alive today, I'm 100% convinced that he would be a jazz musician," notes Dr. John V. Sinclair, Artistic Director and Conductor.

The Society hosts a 75th Anniversary Celebration  

Chronological Listing of Performances, Educational Events and Community Partnerships 

A Sound Legacy: Celebrating 75 years

Opening mid December 2009 and extending through May, 2010

Winter Park Historical Association

Highlighting the history of the BFS, its music and people, using historically important documents including photos, reel-to-reel film footage, audio tapes, letters, and programs, this free exhibition will look back at the cultural contribution the Bach Festival Society has made to the Central Florida community.

Tickets: No ticket required. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Rollins College Music Faculty Salutes the Bach Festival Society

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 7:30 pm

Tiedtke Concert Hall

Rollins distinguished music faculty will present a free performance honoring the Bach Festival Society's 75th Anniversary.

Tickets: No ticket required. This performance is free and open to the public.

Spirit of Bach Festival Society Photography Exhibit

February 2 - April 25, 2010

Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Crealdé School of Art, and the Bach Festival Society are working together to curate an exhibition of photography by nine invited Central Florida photographers that captures the spirit of the Bach Festival Society, its Choir and Orchestra, Conductor John V. Sinclair, and the interior and exterior of the historic Knowles Memorial Chapel.

Tickets: Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens standard admission prices apply.

Classical Music 101: Festival Preview Concert

Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 7:00pm Celebration, FL Concert Series and Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 7:00pm Tiedtke Concert Hall

Conductor John V. Sinclair leads the audience on a charming preview of the upcoming 75th Annual Bach Festival. Learn more about the works and the composers who wrote them while listening to great music in this informal and interactive concert.

Tickets: Jan 30 Celebration Concert Series performance ticketed. Feb 6 performance supported through United Arts ArtsFest.

Movie: Amadeus

Sunday, February 7 at 11:00am

Enzian Theater

Presented in partnership with Enzian Theater. The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri.

Tickets: Enzian Theater admission prices apply.

Big Band Bach

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 3:30pm

Winter Park's Central Park

Recognizing the City of Winter Park and Hugh and Jeannette McKean's contributions to the Bach Festival Society Bach was known for his great improvisational skills and the BFS's Artistic Director and Conductor feels that if Bach were alive today, he would be a jazz musician. This fun outdoor concert will feature some of Bach's most well-known tunes performed Big Band Style! This concert will be followed by a FREE Popcorn Flick featuring Love Story, the 1970 award-winning film featuring Ali MacGraw as a working-class Radcliffe music student who studies Bach and falls in love with a rich Harvard student played by Ryan O'Neal.

Tickets: No ticket required. This performance is free and open to the public.

Open Rehearsal of Anniversary Mass

Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 6:45pm

Knowles Memorial Chapel

This behind-the-scenes experience gives visitors a sense of what it takes to prepare a choir and orchestra for a large-scale work. Conductor John V. Sinclair will give a brief introduction to this historical compilation Mass.

Tickets: No ticket required. This rehearsal is free and open to the public.

Festival Lecture by Barrymore Laurence Scherer

Saturday, February 20 at 4:00pm

Tiedtke Concert Hall

Author, editor, and music critic for the Wall Street Journal, Scherer talks about the Mendelssohn-Bach connection.

Anniversary Mass

Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 7:30pm

Recognizing the Bach Festival Society Conductors. Introduction by Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 3:00pm

Recognizing the Bach Choir and Orchestra. Introductions by Beverly Slaughter and Tye Van Buren

Knowles Memorial Chapel

This unique program is based on the formal structure of a Mass with each movement representing a different time in the history of the Bach Festival. From Haydn's Creation to Bach's Magnificat, these masterworks have been the Society's inspiration for 75 years.

Tickets: Tickets range from $20-$50 depending on seat location.

Mendelssohn & Mozart

Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 7:30pm

Recognizing the Bach Festival Society Board of Trustees. Introduction by Eric Ravndal, III

Knowles Memorial Chapel

This program opens with music by Felix Mendelssohn, called "an heir of Mozart." Then, enjoy the mystery and the splendor of two of Mozart's last works ever written -Requiem and Clarinet Concerto, performed by GRAMMY award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.

Tickets: Tickets range from $20-$50 depending on seat location.

Bach's Mass in B minor

Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 3:00pm

Recognizing Past Presidents Isabelle Sprague-Smith and John M. Tiedtke. Introductions by Robert A. White and Alex Tiedtke

Knowles Memorial Chapel

A soul-stirring performance bringing to life what is widely considered Bach's greatest masterwork, the Mass in B minor. The Bach Festival Society celebrates its namesake with the performance of this massive warhorse of choral music.

Tickets: Tickets range from $20-$50 depending on seat location.

Heritage Center Reception for the Bach Festival Society

Sunday February 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Hannibal Square Heritage Center

The Hannibal Square Heritage Center will host a reception for Bach Festival patrons, Choir members, and musicians in honor of the Society's 75th Anniversary. The Heritage Center celebrates the heritage and stories of the residents of West Winter Park and this reception is a way to bring both audiences together in celebration of Winter Park's rich history.

Tickets: No ticket required. This event is free and open to the public.

James David Christie, Organ Recital

Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 3:00pm

Recognizing Knowles Memorial Chapel and Frances Knowles Warren. Introduction by Dean Patrick J. Powers

Knowles Memorial Chapel

Praised by many as the finest living Bach organist, James David Christie presents a program of music by Bach and his contemporaries in honor of the 75th Annual Bach Festival.

Tickets: Tickets are $20. General Admission seating.

Rollins College Music Students Salute the Bach Festival Society

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Tiedtke Concert Hall

Rollins Music students will present a free program of Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans in honor of the Bach Festival Society's 75th Anniversary.

Tickets: No ticket required. This performance is free and open to the public.

Masters Go to the Movies

Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Knowles Memorial Chapel

Movies are the soundtrack of our lives and the classical music of our time. Be transported to another time and place with choral and orchestral works from favorite movies including Star Wars, Indiana Jones and more.

Tickets: Tickets range from $20-$50 depending on seat location.

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