Bach Festival Society Announces 81st Season

Winter Park’s Bach Festival Society will honor worldwide choral traditions in its 2015-16 season.

John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music John Sinclair conducts the Bach Festival Society musicians. (Photo courtesy of the Bach Festival Society) John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music John Sinclair conducts the Bach Festival Society musicians. (Photo courtesy of the Bach Festival Society)

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park 81st season, titled “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing,” will include music from Venezuelan composer Antonio Estevez, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and a new commission, Music, Awake! with music by American composer Paul Moravec and words by Terry Teachout. The Society’s Visiting Artists Series will feature French pianist Lisa de la Salle, the Romero Guitar Quartet, originally from Spain, and the Laredo-Robinson Duo.

Subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets will be available in August. Patrons can visit for more information on each program.

Knowles Memorial Chapel (Photo courtesy of the Bach Festival Society) Knowles Memorial Chapel (Photo courtesy of the Bach Festival Society)

Choral Masterworks Series

Performed by the 160-Voice Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra at Knowles Memorial Chapel in Winter Park.

Music of the Americas

Saturday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
A collection of works celebrating the cultures of North and South America.

Antonio Estévez, Cantata Criolla
A portrait of the Venezuelan spirit and inspired by the land, this cantata expresses the ultimate spiritual contest.

Antonin Dvořák, Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
An instantly recognizable classic, the Czech composer’s Ninth Symphony evokes both his new American home and the sounds of his native Bohemia.

Aaron Copland, “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo
Copland’s ballet Rodeo is a celebration of the American West and reflects an important frontier heritage.

Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story Suite
In new arrangements for the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra, the Society pays tribute to the uniquely American form of musical theatre.

A Classic Christmas

Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

With an added performance due to popular demand, the Winter Park holiday tradition continues—hear Christmas classics performed by the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra in beautiful Knowles Memorial Chapel.

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Music, Awake!

Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m.

Paul Moravec and Terry Teachout, Music, Awake!
Honoring John V. Sinclair’s 25 years of service to the Bach Festival Society, this program features a commission by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Paul Moravec and accomplished author Terry Teachout, a tribute to all who dedicate their lives to the miraculous art of music.

L.v. Beethoven, Symphony No. 9          
One of the most iconic works of our collective culture, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is remarkable for its grandness of scale and especially for the final movement, including the well-known “Ode to Joy” theme.

Jean Sibelius, Finlandia
Sibelius wrote his patriotic tone poem in 1899-1900 as a protest against increasing Russian censorship in his home country of Finland.

Visiting Artists Series

Lise de la Salle, piano

Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall
French pianist, Lise de la Salle, has been described as “the most exciting young artist in classical music right now” (Pioneer Press). At 26, she is a musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity. She has played with many of the world’s leading orchestras and is in high demand as a recitalist.

Red Priest

Sunday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall
Red Priest is one of the major success stories on the international early music scene today. This extraordinary English ensemble has redefined the art of baroque music performance, combining the fruits of extensive research with swashbuckling virtuosity, creative re-composition, heart-on-sleeve emotion and compelling stagecraft. The group performs largely from memory, allowing an operatic level of freedom and interaction, and its programs are drawn from myriad baroque sources to create a kaleidoscopic range of moods and colors.                                                                                                                          

Jaime Laredo, violin and Sharon Robinson, cello

Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall
“Laredo and Robinson demonstrated a wedding of technique and artistry in which music and performer are one indivisible entity.” –St. Paul Pioneer Press

The storybook romance of the Bolivian-born violinist Jaime Laredo and American cellist Sharon Robinson has, over the past 35 years, been expressed in every facet of their lives. Joyous and sophisticated music making, both separately and together, has earned them many devoted fans the world over.
As much-in-demand solo artists, as the Laredo-Robinson Duo, and as members of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with pianist Joseph Kalichstein for 35 years, Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson are among the busiest and most respected musicians in the world.                          

Romero Guitar Quartet

Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel
A veritable institution in the world of classical music, the quartet has thrilled countless audiences and won the raves of reviewers worldwide. Dubbed the “royal family of guitar,” the Romeros encompasses three generations of concert artists. To have so many virtuosi of the same instrument in one family is unique in the world of musical performance, and in the realm of the classical guitar it is absolutely without precedent.

81st Winter Park Bach Festival

Ken Cowan, organ

Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel
Organist Ken Cowan is praised for his electrifying artistry, impeccable technique, and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike. This is his second appearance with the Winter Park Bach Festival.

Concertos by Candlelight: Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel
Knowles Chapel comes alive with three divine concertos featuring the Bach Festival Orchestra, guest organist Ken Cowan, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
Tomaso Albinoni, Adagio for Violin, Strings, and Organ in G Minor
Francis Poulenc, Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings in G Minor
L.v. Beethoven, Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C Major, Op. 56 “Triple Concerto.”

Rossini’s Stabat Mater

Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel
The grand tradition of sacred music and Rossini’s operatic genius come together in the Stabat Mater, combining heartfelt solemnity and devotion with theatrical drama. Russian and Czech sounds complete the sublime program along with Fingal’s Cave, inspired by Mendelssohn’s visit to Scotland.                             

Felix Mendelssohn, Fingal’s Cave (The Hebrides)

Gioachino Rossini, Stabat Mater

Alexander Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia

Bedřich Smetana, Vltava

J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel
One of the most celebrated choral masterpieces, this immense work for double chorus and double orchestra vividly brings the story to life with passionate solo arias, fierce responses from the choir in the role of the crowd, and moments of soul-searingly beautiful music.

Due to the nature of live music, titles, performance dates, and artists are subject to change.

About the Bach Festival Society

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.