This is the glory of the Baroque. The glory of Johann Sebastian Bach. The biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival returns in March 2019. Across eight days, new Artistic Director Julian Wachner will reveal the genius of Bach and his lasting, inspiring influence.
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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.
Grand Rapids Bach Festival Sponsors
John & Mary Loeks | Prince Conference Center at Calvin College | Daniel L. & Ellen VanderMey | Cathedral of Saint Andrew | Grand Rapids Community College | Keller Foundation | Fred Keller & Family | Susan & Jack Smith | Sheila VanZile | Lori Lee & Michael Curley | Rod & Annie VanTol | Barbara Hohman | Norman & Anita Christopher
Bach Festival Board of Directors
Lori Lee Curley - President | Thomas DeVries | Henry Duitman | David Hoekema | Will Preece | Ric Roane | Eric Strand