The Bach Festival is presented biannually, inspiring a multitude of community partnerships and unique performances. Throughout the festival, the Grand Rapids Symphony offers several inspirational events, encouraging patrons to create their own personal dialogue with the music of Bach, the hardworking church musician, talented organist and one of the most influential composers to ever live.


The Bach Festival was first organized in 1997 by mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller. The one-time event became a biennial community-wide Bach Festival in 2007 with Karl Hochreither, director of the prestigious Bach Choir of Berlin, as its music director. The ninth Grand Rapids Bach Festival presented a weeklong collection of performances in April 2013 with the Grand Rapids Symphony as its leading community partner. Over 20 free and ticketed concerts were performed in traditional, sacred and secular settings across the city.

Join us for the 2017 Grand Rapids Bach Festival presented March 5-11, 2017. See below for a full list of events happening all around Grand Rapids!

See all the performances with our Bach Fest All Access Pass, just $25! Get yours HERE!

**POPUP CONCERT** We will be performing a pop-up concert Wednesday, March 8 from 2-5 pm at Gerald R. Ford Airport in the waiting area. Stop by before your flight arrives!

Head over to Love's Ice Cream starting Feb. 22 and try their Bach Fest inspired flavor, Bach-lava Strudel: A harmonious triad of brown butter ice cream, spiced apples, and bits of pastry - the joy of man’s desiring.