Bach Week Festival
Life may be a little crazy at the moment – with everything from politics to economics feeling like a rollercoaster – but you’ve always got Bach! If you want to retreat to a beautiful world of orderly harmony, elegant note structure, and breathtaking musical compositions, then indulge in a concert at Chicago’s beloved Bach Week Festival.
This choice classical music fest showcases the German Baroque maestro’s greatest works, performed by a specially selected chamber orchestra and chorus. Founded in 1974, and still going strong in its 44th season, 2017’s homage to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is hosted at two venues: Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston and Anderson Chapel at North Park University.
Choose between three concerts, including Dueling Divas (7.30pm, 28 Apr, Nichols), which features two duets by soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg and mezzo-soprano Susan Platts; Virtuoso Soloists (7.30pm, 5 May, Nichols), with Sergei Babayan and Grace Fong on piano, Jennifer Gunn on flute and Katinka Kleijn on cello; and the Bach Week 2017 Festival Finale (2.30pm, 7 May, Anderson), with vocal support from the North Park University Chamber Singers and members of Bella Voce.
All are performed by the Bach Week Festival Chamber Orchestra (a supergroup made up of players from Chicago’s best orchestras), and/or Bach Week Festival Orchestra, conducted by Richard Webster. Ask about Friday night candlelit concerts, complete with chocs and champers pairing. Harpsichord heaven!
28 Apr – 7 May, 2017.
Bach Week Festival / +1 847 269 9050 / bachweek.org