Choir and Orchestra
The auditioned all-volunteer Bach Festival Choir is the nucleus of the Bach Festival Society, with a membership of over 160 singers from all walks of life who share a love of great music. Many members of the Choir have music degrees or advanced musical training, serve as educators in the Central Florida area, or maintain active schedules as soloists in churches and other venues throughout the community. Others are simply brought to the choir by their love of music. The choir is known internationally and sang with the London Symphony Orchestra during two consecutive Florida residencies, in July 2007 and May 2009. The July 2007 performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was a great success, with one reviewer noting that the “first-rate performance showed the Winter Park choir was every bit the equal of the world-class London Symphony Orchestra.” Carmina Burana, performed in May 2009, was equally well received. The choir has accepted the Orchestra’s invitation for another joint concert in 2011.
Bach Festival Orchestra members come from across Central Florida. Many teach privately or at colleges and universities in addition to their professional engagements. The orchestra’s high musicianship has been consistently recognized, and its playing has been described as “dexterous,” “gentle,” “vigorous,” and “nimble,” encompassing the wide and colorful range of its members’ talents. The Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra have traveled together internationally and performed in some of the finest venues and performance halls throughout Europe, including the Vatican, Royal Albert Hall in London, Smetana Hall in Prague, numerous major cathedrals throughout Italy, and many others.
The Bach Festival Society celebrated its 75th Annual Festival in 2010. Download and view a PDF of the commemorative book celebrating this anniversary and the history of the organization here: Volume 1 | Volume 2.