Bach Festival

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Bach Festivals are classical music festivals held to celebrate the memory of the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Various locations throughout the world hold a festival dedicated to Bach. Notable Bach Festivals include Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, put on by the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park in Winter Park, Florida, and the Bachfest Bolivia, celebrated yearly in Cochabamba each March since 2008. Bachfest Bolivia commemorates Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday and is organized by Bolivian director and pianist Elizabeth Schwimmer.

Baldwin Wallace University[edit]

The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music is home to the BW Bach Festival, the oldest collegiate Bach festival in the nation as well as the second-oldest Bach festival in the nation. The festival was founded in 1932 by Professor Albert Riemenschneider (longtime Director of the College Conservatory) and his wife, Selma. The then Baldwin-Wallace Festival Choir and Orchestra presented the first Bach Festival in June 1933 and has continued since then.[1][2] The oldest Bach Festival, The Bethlehem, and Baldwin Wallace performed together for BW's 75th anniversary of the festival.[3][4][5][6]

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem[edit]

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem was organized in 1898 to study Bach's Mass in B minor. The choir performed the American premiere of the complete Mass on March 27, 1900, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, though there is evidence that parts of the Mass had been performed in the United States as early as 1870.[7] Bruce Carey was the chorus's director from 1933 until 1938, William Ifor Jones from 1939 until 1969.

Other Bach Festivals[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bach Festival History". BW history conservatory. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Oestreich (May 7, 2007). "Bach's Captains and Foot Soldiers of Musical Industry". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Oldest Bach Festivals Combine for Anniversary Celebration". PR newswire. July 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Bach Choir of Bethlehem". The Bach Choir of Bethlehem history. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Gehman (July 9, 2006). "America's oldest Bach choirs joining to make history [Second Edition]". Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania). Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Butt, John (1991). Bach: Mass in B Minor. Cambridge Music Handbooks. Cambridge University Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-521-38716-3.