2018 St. Louis Bach Festival Schedule

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The month-long 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.

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
Lecture and Performance

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Lecture in Leonard Chapel at 1:30pm
Performance following in main sanctuary at 3:00pm
Salem United Methodist Church
1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131

Few musical works are as loved, and as often performed, as Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.  Join us for an afternoon of learning an listening, beginning with a free lecture given by Bach Specialist and Education Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, David Gordon.  Gordon’s lecture will be followed by a ticketed performance of the Concertos by the Bach Society Orchestra.  The concert will also include two Bach motets, performed by the Bach Society Chorus.

Tickets:
Lecture: FREE event, no reservations required
Brandenburg Concertos Concert: $25 General Admission

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Young Artist Masterclass

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Ritenour High School

World-renowned Bach tenor and author of a unique best-seller, “The Little Bach Book,” David Gordon will coach Bach Society Young Artists with the repertoire they have prepared for their upcoming recital, including music from Bach to classical musical theatre.  This Masterclass will be presented at Ritenour High School, giving high school students the opportunity to observe and learn.  This event is closed to the public.

Bach & Jazz Education Concerts

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 9:30am – First Baptist Church of Ferguson
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10:00am – The Ethical Society of St. Louis

Bach was known as the master of improvisation. At this one-of-a-kind FREE concert, students will experience the similarities between improvised jazz and Bach’s music, giving a better understanding of how the Master of Baroque still continues to influence modern jazz. Featuring guitarist Steve Schenkel and pianist Kim Portnoy. Sponsored in part by Wells Fargo.

Tickets: Although this is a free educational opportunity, seating is limited and reservations are required.  If you are a music educator interested in bringing your students, you can download reservation request and busing forms here.  A printable flyer for this event is available for download here. We can be reached at 314-652-2224 and educationdirector@bachsociety.org to help with your questions about this exciting event.

The Art of Bach

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:00pm
Saint Louis Art Museum, The Farrell Auditorium
1 Fine Arts Dr., Saint Louis, MO 63110

Bach’s Cello Suites are considered to be among the most profound of all classical music works. This concert will engage multiple senses with cellist Ken Kulosa performing three of the six suites, complemented by live painting and dancers from the Big Muddy Dance Company.  Choreographed by Samuel Asher Kunzman and presented in collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Tickets:  $20 General Admission ($15 Members)

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Bach Spring Sing

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00am Workshop, 11:30am Performance
Central Presbyterian Church
7700 Davis Dr., Clayton, MO 63105

Learn a little more about Bach’s music and sing it better than you thought you could with this fun singing workshop led by David Gordon. A world-renowned Bach tenor and author of a unique best-seller “The Little Bach Book,” David is celebrating his 30th season with the Carmel Bach Festival, where he is Dramaturge, Masterclass Director and Lecturer.  Davids infectious passion for Bach will have you excited and ready to learn five beloved chorales from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, in addition to tips and tidbits about vocal warm-ups, breathing and even a little  about Bach’s life in 18th Century Germany.   Workshop ends in a FREE performance, open to the community.  Presented in collaboration with Central Presbyterian Church.

Tickets:
Workshop Tickets:  $10 each
Performance:  FREE

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Bach Society Young Artist Recital

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3:00pm
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
808 North Mason Rd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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 2017-2018 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 Emerald Barbour, tenor Kurtis Heinrich and baritone Chris Stanfill accompanied by Sandra Geary.  Free admission.

Tickets:  FREE event

 

 From Bach to Bernstein

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3:00pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117

Soprano Marlissa Hudson, who recently made her Carnegie Hall debut, returns to her hometown of St. Louis for a thrilling program spanning 250 years of music!  Accompanied by Alla Voskoboynikova.

Tickets:  $20 General Admission

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Bach & Jazz

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:00pm – Doors open for dinner and drinks
7:15pm – Performance begins
Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

One part Bach and one part jazz, shaken-not stirred. The ultimate composer’s most familiar melodies presented in a jazz style! Featuring guitarist Steve Schenkel, pianist Kim Portnoy and vocalist Erin Bode.

Tickets:  $35 General Admission

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Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 2:00pm
Missouri Baptist University, Pillsbury Chapel
1 College Park Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion first moved audiences nearly three centuries ago in Leipzig, Germany. As the climax to our 2018 Bach Festival, experience the power and intimacy of this masterpiece through Bach’s engaging account of the Gospel story. Guest artists include: Steven Soph as the Evangelist, Stephen Morscheck as Jesus, soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Kim Leeds, tenor Kyle Stegall and baritone Elijah Blaisdell. Sponsored in part by Mr. Robert Duesenberg.  Presented in collaboration with Missouri Baptist University.

Tickets: $25-$45

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