Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Announces Choral Concerts for 11/9-10
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has announced the program for the November 9 and 10, 2013, choral concerts. The program includes Hymn of Eternal Flame by Stephen Paulus, featuring the Bach Festival Choir; Remembrance by Michael Isaacson, featuring Joni Roos, violin; Theme From Schindler's List by John Williams, featuring Brenda Higgins, cello; Little David Play Your Harp by Morton Gould; and The Road Home by Stephen Paulus, featuring the Bach Festival Choir.
The principal work on the program is A Child of Our Time by Sir Michael Tippett. As Europe slipped towards fascism, Michael Tippett felt the urge to protest in music - to show solidarity with those downtrodden by poverty and prejudice. Then, in 1938, a young Polish Jew oppressed by the rise of Nazism shot a German diplomat dead in Paris. Tippett had the central figure for his oratorio of contemplation, A Child of our Time. Taking Bach's Passions and Handel's Messiah as his models, Tippett ended each of his sections with his own arrangements of African-American spirituals. "The world turns on its dark side," proclaims the opening movement of Tippett's masterpiece, but it remains a work of hope and optimism.
The mission of the Bach Festival Society is to inspire the human spirit through great classical music, featuring powerful choral performances, as we celebrate the legacy of J.S. Bach. The 2013-2014 Season is the Society's 79th year of presenting outstanding musical offerings to the Central Florida community.
Located in Winter Park, Florida, the Bach Festival Society is one of the longest continuously operating Bach Festivals in the country and among America's great oratorio societies. The Bach Festival Society brings the highest caliber of classical music to Central Florida. Performances are held in the intimate settings of Tiedtke Concert Hall and Knowles Memorial Chapel on the beautiful campus of Rollins College.