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Bach Festival Society’s ode to the power of piano

Sitting at the piano in Tiedtke Concert Hall, the Israeli pianist, Alon Goldstein, marveled at the Scarlatti sonatas as “studies in imagination of all possibilities of writing for the keyboard.” Goldstein’s program for the afternoon recital—presented by the Bach Festival [...]

November 16, 2017 Arts & Entertainment, Music

Bach Festival “Reformation” concert celebrates music, defiance

The Protestant Reformation shaped the course of Western civilization, adding a humanist angle to our way of thinking and prompting a critical look at our priorities and values. With the chokehold of the Roman Catholic Church, the potential of the [...]

March 2, 2017 Arts & Entertainment

Bach Festival welcomes Organist Todd Wilson

The plangent and multi-hued sounds of Knowles Memorial Chapel’s pipe organ filled the air last Friday, controlled by the sure hands (and feet) of Todd Wilson. The head of the Organ Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Wilson is [...]

February 23, 2017 Arts & Entertainment, Music

Trio Solisti performs with heart, emotion

The Bach Festival Society’s 2016-2017 visiting artist series began on Sunday afternoon with a remarkable performance by Trio Solisti on campus at Tiedtke Concert Hall. Founded in 2011, the trio consists of Maria Bachmann, violin; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; and [...]

October 20, 2016 Arts & Entertainment, Campus, Events, Music

Guitar group plays for Bach Festival

Judging from hushed snippets of conversation I picked up from concertgoers around me before the Romeros took the stage at Knowles Memorial Chapel on Sunday afternoon, I was not the only one wondering why we were all there — not [...]

March 17, 2016 Arts & Entertainment

Rollins hosts Bach Festival

After informal events earlier in the week, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park opened its 81st annual Bach Festival on Friday evening with a recital by Canadian virtuoso Ken Cowan on Knowles Memorial Chapel’s treasured organ, a resonant pipe [...]

February 17, 2016 Arts & Entertainment

Red Priest concert a huge success

If it can be argued that live Baroque music is in need of a facelift, the members of the period music ensemble Red Priest are the surgeons for the job. Clad in red shirts and black trousers, the British foursome [...]

January 27, 2016 Arts & Entertainment, Music

Bach Festival represents South America

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Central Florida’s oldest classical music organization, opened its 2015-2016 season on Saturday afternoon with a program that celebrated the music of North and South America. If other orchestras have also billed recent programs [...]

October 21, 2015 Arts & Entertainment, Music

Bach Festival Closes 80th Anniversary Season

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park concluded its celebratory season on Saturday evening with Mendelssohn’s Elijah, premiered in 1846. The biblical story of the prophet who is taken to heaven in a chariot of fire provides exquisite imagery for [...]

April 29, 2015 Events