Category: Grand Rapids Bach Festival

Recap: 2017 Grand Rapids Bach Festival ends joyfully with a standing-room only performance

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Hard as it is to believe, Johann Sebastian Bach’s children thought him to be something of an old fuddy duddy. Toward the end of his life, Bach’s four sons who had achieved success as professional musicians sometimes looked askance at their aging father’s work. Music of the middle 18 th century was moving toward simpler melodies, lighter harmonies and simpler forms, paving the way for the Classical era of Haydn and Mozart. Yet Old Bach... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Recap: Keyboards were fun and entertaining but also enlightening at the 2017 Grand Rapids Bach Festival's Creative Keyboards concert

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Johann Sebastian Bach spent most of his musical career in the service of God and the church, composing and performing masterpieces such as his St. Matthew and St. John Passions and his immortal B minor Mass. In his youth, Bach got to cut loose and have a little fun. On display at the Grand Rapids Bach Festival’s Creative Keyboards concert on Tuesday, March 9, was music mostly from Bach’s years in Kothën. His life as Kapellmeister to Prince... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Thursday, March 9, 2017

11th Grand Rapids Bach Festival, now under way, transforming community

The Grand Rapids Bach Festival , over its 20 year history, sometimes has had a profound effect on its community. In 2011, the Bach Collegium of Japan, a world-renowned musical ensemble under Masaaki Suzuki, performed Bach’s B minor Mass, arguably Bach’s greatest work. The performance at Calvin College, the first of a two-week tour of Japan, fell just seven days after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan, directly affecting the lives of many in the... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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