Author: esteban-meneses

World-class Takács Quartet performs at Tiedtke Hall

March 22, 2018

(From left to right) Edward Dusiberre, Geraldine Walther, Kåroly Schranz, and Andrås Fejér blend the melodies of Mozart, Shostakovich, and Bach for the Rollins community. Photo above by Robert Torres.  Grounded in Beethoven and Mozart, the Takács Quartet served up conservative selections. But if part of the role of the modern-day string quartet is to revitalize […]

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Bach Festival Society’s ode to the power of piano

November 16, 2017

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 Society—elaborated and authenticated this concise promulgation on the 18th century composer’s body of work for […]

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Bach Festival “Reformation” concert celebrates music, defiance

March 2, 2017

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 individual was slowly given front seat. It has been 500 years since the great Lutheran […]

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Bach Festival welcomes Organist Todd Wilson

February 23, 2017

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 a consummate organist and—interestingly for a classically-trained musician—a fluent improviser. Wilson, whose nephew is a […]

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Trio Solisti performs with heart, emotion

October 20, 2016

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 Fabio Bidini, piano. With thoughtful interpretations of classical and Romantic selections, Trio Solisti offered a […]

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Guitar group plays for Bach Festival

March 17, 2016

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 “there”, to see this incredible, multi-generation family of virtuoso class ical guitarists, but “there” at […]

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Rollins hosts Bach Festival

February 17, 2016

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 behemoth controlled by a four-manual keyboard console. Though it underwent renovations in the early 2000s, […]

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Red Priest concert a huge success

January 27, 2016

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 took the stage at Rollins’ Tiedtke Concert Hall on Sunday afternoon, infusing an all-Baroque program […]

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Bach Festival represents South America

October 21, 2015

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 as “Music of the Americas,” it is because there is a distinctive flavor to music […]

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Bach Festival Closes 80th Anniversary Season

April 29, 2015

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 Mendelssohn’s complex choral forces. The Bach Festival choir, orchestra, and soloists, under the direction of […]

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