April 20 to May 21


The monthlong Festival will celebrate the breadth of Bach’s work with numerous events across the St. Louis area. It will include both free and ticketed concerts, collaborations with local arts and cultural organizations, and several education and outreach opportunities, including free concerts for middle and high school students in North County.

Tickets on Sale February 2017

for the Following Events

Festival Gala

Thursday, April 20th at The Sheldon
Join us for a celebration and showcase of the upcoming Bach Festival. Save the date now for the event of the season!

The Spiritual Bach

Sunday, April 23rd at 3pm
This unique concert presents Bach’s organ works alongside African-American Spirituals with soprano Marlissa Hudson and organist Marvin Mills.
Presented at, and in collaboration with, Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church.

Young Artist Recital

Sunday, April 30th at 4pm
The 2016–17 Bach Society Young Artist award recipients present a FREE recital with a variety of music from Bach to favorites from operatic repertoire.
Presented at Second Presbyterian Church, in collaboration with the Couts Music Series.

Bach Chamber Music by Candlelight

Friday, May 5th at 7pm
Join Bach Society principal orchestra members for a full immersion experience of Bach’s chamber works by candlelight in an intimate setting.
Presented at the Church of St. Michael & St. George.

Bach & Jazz

Tuesday, May 9th at 6pm
Bach was known as the master of improvisation. At this one-of-a-kind event, concertgoers will experience the similarities between improvised jazz and Bach’s music, giving the listener a better understanding of how the Master of Baroque music continues to influence modern jazz.
Presented at Jazz at the Bistro, this event features guitarist Steve Schenkel, pianist Kim Portnoy and tenor David Gordon.

Coffee with Bach

Wednesday, May 17th at 10am
Enjoy coffee and doughnuts at The Sheldon before a morning presentation of The Coffee Cantata, Bach’s mini-opera, and other favorite arias and duets from classical and musical theatre repertoire. Presented in collaboration with Union Avenue Opera and The Sheldon.

Classical Guitar Concert

Date and Venue TBD
Hear some of Bach’s most recognizable melodies from the perspective of a classical guitar. Presented in collaboration with the St. Louis Classical Guitar
Society. A collaboration with the Missouri History Museum is in process.

Bach Masterclass & Lecture

Date and Venue TBD
Bach specialist and Education Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, David Gordon, will present a FREE University Masterclass and a FREE public lecture.