Bach In Baltimore Presents New Instrumental Concert Series: Beyond Bach

Bach In Baltimore Presents New Instrumental Concert Series: Beyond Bach

Bach in Baltimore announced today that in response to audience requests for more instrumental concerts and music that extends beyond the Baroque era that it has created a new music series: BEYOND BACH. For more than 30 years, Bach in Baltimore has performed nearly every work Bach wrote during its First Sunday Series-ranging from the best-known standards to pieces that are so rarely performed, and Bach in Baltimore is one of the only remaining the only ensemble in central Maryland to present the cantatas of J.S. Bach regularly. The first installment of BEYOND BACH concerts will feature the music of Mozart and Beethoven. Because as great as Bach is, we all know that there is more.

According to Music Director and Maestro T. Herbert Dimmock, "Beethoven's ideal world was located in the future, a utopia to which humankind could aspire." His uplifting music reminds us that the struggle for peace and brotherhood is worth the toil, and his remarkable ability to fuse comedy and tragedy has the power to deescalate tension and make troubles seem trivial. His unrivaled ability to explore the full range of human experience-birth, struggle, death, and resurrection-makes his music both life-affirming and life-changing.

Mozart's music is simply exquisite. "It's hard not to listen to his music without feeling overcome and overjoyed with the 'rightness' of it all. Mozart's phrases balance each other with flawless precision," says Dimmock. Mozart's view of the world was so magnificently constructed that an entire era was named "Classical" after the music that he composed during his lifetime. Music critics likened it the classic, eye-pleasing architecture of the ancient Greeks. Mozart's music is buoyant-it truly can enhance one's optimism in the human spirit!

In honor of these two master composers, Bach in Baltimore is proud to announce our first two concerts of the BEYOND BACH Series on September 15 and October 27, both will be held at 4:00 pm at Church of the Redeemer (5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore). These two performances will present Mozart's final two symphonies, as well as Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Symphony No. 2. And, if, audience support is strong, Bach in Baltimore will add a third concert to the lineup on November 17, performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 6.

Individual tickets to the concerts in the BEYOND BACH Concert Series are $30 online at or by calling 410-941-9262. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes before the concert is set to start for $32, or patrons may purchase online or by phone a BEYOND BACH Concert Series Pass, allowing them to attend the first two concerts in the series for one discounted price of $55.

Tickets to Bach in Baltimore's FIRST SUNDAY Concert Series: Baroque Greatest Hits, featuring eleven concerts from October 2019-June 2020 are also available online at or by calling 410-941-9262. Bach in Baltimore offers several discount pricing options including a Full Season Pass and Mini Pass for concerts in the FIRST SUNDAY Concert Series. Please note that Bach in Baltimore's performance venues vary-we perform across the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Please consult the full schedule online for performance times and locations.


Music of the Gods
September 15 at 4 pm
Church of the Redeemer

Handel's Water Music (Suite No. 2)
Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Op 84
Mozart's Symphony 41 in C major, "Jupiter" Symphony

The Bach in Baltimore Orchestra opens its first BEYOND BACH Series Concert: Music of the Gods with Handel's ebullient Water Music. This spirited and stately work for horns, oboes, bassoon, strings, and continuo is fit for the gods and goddesses atop Mount Olympus. Handel composed it for a concert on the River Thames for King George I. After such royal fanfare, the music will turn fiery and call to mind the Roman God of War, Mars with Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Op. 84. Composed during the Napoleonic Wars after Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor in 1804, Beethoven's blistering work expresses his political outrage over Napoleon's overreach of power. The "Sturm und Drang" will continue with Mozart's monumental Symphony 41 in C major or the "Jupiter" Symphony. Mozart's masterpiece, coined for the Roman God, Jupiter opens with a thunderous clap of strings and horns that builds to a finale of fireworks of breathtaking sound. The "Jupiter" Symphony is Mozart's longest and last symphony, and it stands not just as one of Mozart's greatest musical achievements, but as one of the most awe-inspiring compositions of Classical music.

Tickets: $30 Regular / $32 Door or $55 for Beyond Bach Concert Series Pass

Music of Humanity
October 27 at 4 PM
Church of the Redeemer

Mozart's Symphony No. 40
Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, Op. 36

Mozart's 19th-century biographer Otto Jahn declared Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor or the "Great G minor symphony" as "a work of pain and grieving." This haunting composition is only one of two symphonies that Mozart wrote in minor keys often eliciting stronger and darker emotions. This reflects both his interest in the popular "Sturm und Drang" movement and the personal turmoil of Mozart's life. He composed Symphony No. 40 during a dark time-he was facing mounting debts and dealing with the death of his infant daughter. The "Great G minor symphony" echoes his personal struggle, and it has become one of his most famous works. Likewise, Beethoven's Second Symphony was composed during a dark time for the artist. Battling severe depression and thoughts of suicide as his hearing deteriorated, Beethoven wrote an overwhelmingly energetic, humorous, and playful piece. The fourth movement with sounds of hiccups, groans, flatulence, and belches is profoundly funny. When it premiered in 1803, some in the audience found the music bizarre, but it has stood the test of time as a work of great depth and humanity. After all, laughter can be a healing balm during life's most difficult times. Played together, Mozart's Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven's Symphony No 2, will contemplate the pathos and buffoonery of the human condition.

Tickets: $30 Regular / $32 Door or $55 for Beyond Bach Concert Series Pass

Bach in Baltimore's mission is to perform the choral and instrumental works of Johann Sebastian Bach (and his contemporaries) and to educate the concert-going public about the musical language of Bach and the texts he chose to set to music.

We strive each month to present these works in a historically informed way that will enrich the lives of our audience members and inspire creativity. We wish to foster an appreciation for the arts, particularly for Baroque music, within the entire community. We are committed to providing educational experiences for people of all ages to instill a lifelong connection with Bach's music.

For more information, please visit Bach in Baltimore.

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