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83rd Winter Park Bach Festival

The Bach Festival

The Winter Park Bach Festival has been a Central Florida music tradition since it was founded in 1935. Each spring, the Bach Festival Society fills Winter Park with Choral, Orchestral, and chamber music for three weeks. Patrons travel from across the country and around the world to enjoy beautiful music in a remarkably beautiful place.

With events from February 16 to March 4, 2018, the 83rd festival carries on a long tradition of music making. With formal concerts, informal music and social events, there is a place for everyone from longtime concert goers to those who are new to the world of classical music.

Festival Concerts

Stephen Tharp, organ recital (free | Feb. 16)
Insights & Sounds: Paul Moravec (Feb. 17)
Spiritual Spaces: Musical Meditations (Feb. 18)
Gil Shaham, violin (Feb. 20)
Concertos by Candlelight: The Classical Romantic (Feb. 23 & 24)
The Magnificats: Bach and Beyond (Mar. 3)
Bach, Brahms, and Bruckner (Mar. 4)

Community Events

Talk: The Neurobiology of Music (Feb. 18)
Talk: Music and Spirituality (Feb. 18)
Master Class: Andrés Díaz, cello (Feb. 22)
Talk: Composing a World Premiere (Feb. 22 & 24)
Chapel Service (Feb. 25)
Master Class: Sherezade Panthaki, soprano (Mar. 1)
Open Rehearsal: Bach, Brahms, and Bruckner (Mar. 1)
Bach @ The Alfond (Mar. 2)

The Bach Festival Choir

The 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 and performed with Orlando Ballet in Carmina Burana for the first public event at the Dr. Phillips Center in Downtown Orlando.
With what has been described as a wall of sound moving through the performance space, the full choir will perform on a program of Magnificats from J.S. Bach and John Rutter and a concert devoted to mini-masterworks from Bach, Brahms, and Bruckner. Members of the choir will also perform on the Insight & Sounds program featuring new work from Pultizer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec.

The Bach Festival Orchestra will be joined by clarinetists Catherine and William Hudgins, cellist Andres Diaz, violist Jesus Alfonzo, and trumpet soloist Teresa Rata Linn on this year’s Concertos by Candlelight program.

“By any possible standard one of the finest organizations of its kind in America.”

Terry Teachout, Arts Writer and Drama Critic for The Wall Street Journal

The Bach Festival Orchestra

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.
In addition to playing with the Bach Festival Choir, the Bach Festival Orchestra will perform on this year’s Concertos by Candlelight program, and members of the orchestra will play on Spiritual Spaces. This program, now in its second year, features well-known works presented in a relaxed atmosphere.

Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra performing with Venezuelan tenor Idwer Álvarez

Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra performing with Venezuelan tenor Idwer Álvarez

Top-Tier Vocal Soloists

We are privileged to bring in some of the absolute best oratorio soloists in the country.  This year’s festival is no exception, with both long-time friends of the festival returning and the opportunity to introduce patrons to some fine new voices.

This year’s soloists include soprano Sherezade Panthaki, alto Laura Pudwell, tenor Robert Bracey, and bass Michael Dean.

Learn more about the concerts

Full listings of pieces to be performed, featured performers, and program notes are available right here on our website. Find out more about the concerts on this year’s Festival.

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