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The month-long Festival (April 20 through May 21, 2017) 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.

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Festival Gala

Thursday, April 20th at 6:00pm
The Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

This year’s gala launches our St. Louis Bach Festival!  Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a masterfully crafted gourmet meal by the premier boutique caterer in St. Louis-The Social Affair.  Enjoy musical entertainment by select Bach Festival artists in the beauty of the Sheldon Ballroom.

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The Spiritual Bach

Sunday, April 23rd at 3:00pm
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
9450 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63124

This unique concert presents Bach’s organ works alongside African-American Spirituals with soprano and St. Louis native Marlissa Hudson and organist Marvin Mills. Both genres of music have a deep connection to the love of God at their core, which fuels them with meaning beyond the music on the page and provides a common depth of sentiment- a spiritual connection.  The program pairs pieces of similar moods and rhythmic or melodic ideas.  Presented at, and in collaboration with, Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church.

Tickets are now only available to purchase at the door.  Doors open at 2:30pm.

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Young Artist Recital

Sunday, April 30th at 4:00pm
Second Presbyterian Church
4501 Westminster Place
St.Louis, MO 63108

The Young Artist Scholarship Program was established in 1989 to provide performance experience and enhance professional training for career-oriented soloists, some of whom now sing in concert halls and opera houses across the country.  The 2016-2017 award recipients present a FREE recital with a variety of music from Bach to favorites from operatic and musical theatre repertoire.  Enjoy hearing soprano Madalyn Mentor, mezzo soprano Katherine Menke, tenor Kurtis Heinrich and baritone Tyler Green accompanied by Sandra Geary.  Presented jointly with the Couts Music Series of Second Presbyterian Church.

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 Bach Chamber Music By Candlelight

Friday, May 5th at 7:00pm
Church of St. Michael & St. George
6345 Wydown Blvd
St.Louis, MO 63105

Join Bach Society principal orchestra members for a full immersion experience of Bach’s chamber works by candlelight in an intimate setting.

    

Classical Guitar Concert

Sunday, May 7th at 3:00pm
Salem United Methodist Church
1200 S Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

Join us as we take Bach in new directions! Featured music includes Bach’s English Suite #3 by the Hanser-McClellan Guitar Duo; soprano Mary Henderson, singing sacred songs with guitarist Rod Stucky; Guitarists Mark Akin and Alyssa Catlin; and guitar in ensemble.  Presented in collaboration with the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society, audience members will also enjoy hearing the Society’s guitar orchestra.

    

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The Art of Baroque Recitative

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 3:00pm
St. Francis Xavier College Church
3628 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Every singer of Baroque music has to deal with a highly stylized form of musical speech called “recitative.” Bach Specialist David Gordon has performed and taught Baroque recitative around the world, and in this lecture/masterclass he will show us how to study, learn, and perform this difficult vocal style. Most of all, he will teach us to love it!  Presented in collaboration with Saint Louis University’s music program in the department of Fine and Performing Arts.

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Bach & Jazz

Tuesday, May 9th at 6:00pm
Jazz at the Bistro
3536 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103

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.

Johann Sebastian Bach; painting by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, 1746

Coffee with Bach

Wednesday, May 17th at 10:00am
The Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

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.