April 12, 2013

Carmina Burana Collaboration

The 20-century masterpiece Carmina Burana by Carl Orff brings together two Orlando performance groups—the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and the Orlando Ballet. This program marks the second time Bach Festival has presented this work as a joint choral–ballet presentation, the first in 1992 with Southern Ballet Theater. The Bach Festival Choir has performed this work as a concert piece several other times since 1990 under John Sinclair’s baton, as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2009.

The Bach Festival Society’s member Choir, Orchestra, and Youth Choir will all be performing this 24 movement work (25 if you include the reprise of the signature “O Fortuna” movement), conducted by John V. Sinclair.

Three noted vocal soloists are part of the production: soprano Julia Foster, tenor John Daniecki, and baritone Anton Belov.

Robert Hill, Artistic Director of the Orlando Ballet for this performance, has produced new choreography for the work.

Filmmaker Henry Maldonado has documented the rehearsals of the Bach Festival and Ballet and will produce a brief film showing the collaborative process.

When/Where

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8:00pm

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8:00pm

Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2:00pm

Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

401 W. Livingston St., Orlando, FL 32801

Tickets

Tickets range from $20 to $90.

Call the Orlando Ballet Box Office at 407.426.1739 or visit www.BachFestivalFlorida.org.

Media Requests

Contact Laura Wilcox to coordinate live shots, still photos, interviews, etc. High-resolution photos of the choir, orchestra, and John Sinclair are available on request.

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March 7, 2013

Dr. John Sinclair receives prestigious alumni honor

Dr. John Sinclair receives prestigious alumni honor

Dr. John V. Sinclair of Maitland, Fla., was among three distinguished alumni from William Jewell College honored at the college’s 69th annual Achievement Day events Feb. 28-March 1. These alumni have made significant contributions in their respective fields.

Sinclair serves as chair of the Department of Music and is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. He is celebrating his 23rd season as artistic director and conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and is the conductor of the International Moravian Music Festivals. The William Jewell 1976 alumnus completed his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Musically he is known for his creative interpretations, expressive conducting style and innovative programming. Over the past 15 years he has made more than 700 appearances as conductor, clinician or lecturer throughout the United States and many foreign countries. Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Messiah Choral Society and the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, and he has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, Moravian Music Foundation and numerous Bach Festival recordings. A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards, including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award and Grant, Lifetime Achievement Award, Barden Teaching Award, Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship and the two-time “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida. He founded the Rollins College Community School of Music and the Bach Society’s Arts-in-Education program, FreshStARTS, which takes innovative music programs to thousands of public school students in central Florida each year.

The Achievement Day honorees were recognized at a dinner held at Kansas City’s Sprint Center, and at an on-campus convocation. They also met formally and informally with students to discuss their individual paths to achievement.

William Jewell College is a national liberal arts college in Liberty, Mo., a Kansas City suburb. Other alumni to be recognized at the time-honored achievement event include Josephine Staton Tucker, a Harvard Law School graduate and federal district judge for the Central District of California; and Mark Mathes, CEO of Kansas City’s Vanguard Companies, a pioneer in business and environmental sustainability, with an ultimate goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral manufacturer.

Special guest speaker for the Achievement Day dinner was Timothy J. Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG, a collection of companies owned or operated by one of the world’s leading presenters of sports and entertainment programming. Kansas City’s Sprint Center is an AEG managed facility.

For more information about Achievement Day events, visit www.achievementday.net.

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February 28, 2013

Open Rehearsal: Bach’s Timeless Gifts

Title: Open Rehearsal: Bach’s Timeless Gifts
Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel
Description: A “behind-the-scenes” look at how conductor Dr. Sinclair prepares a program for performance.
Free event in Knowles Memorial Chapel
Start Time: 6:45pm
Date: March 1, 2013
End Time: 10:00pm


Special Event: Prior to attending the Bach Festival Rehearsal, you may wish to attend the First Friday event at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Click here for information.

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January 26, 2013

78th Annual Bach Festival of Winter Park

The Bach Festival Society is pleased to present its 78th Annual Bach Festival, February 15-March 3, 2013. The Society continues its commitment to presenting and producing the finest in classical and choral music while celebrating the legacy of its namesake, J.S. Bach.


This year the Society will present several works that it has never performed before, including J.S. Bach’s Mass in G; Cantatas 52 and 119; the Sinfonia from Cantata 31, and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major. All works will be directed by Dr. John V. Sinclair, Artistic Director and Conductor.


This year’s special guest is Mr. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, a classical-music and fine-art critic for The Wall Street Journal. His book, A History of American Classical Music, won ForeWord Magaine’s Music Book of the Year Gold Award. His residency is supported by the Rollins College Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Scholar Fund.


In addition to public performances, the Society will host an open rehearsal of the Bach’s Timeless Gifts program, several pre- and post-concert talks, and a Tea and Talk with Mr. Scherer.


A complete schedule with more information about the Festival’s programs and artists can be found below.


Christopher Houlihan, organ

Friday, February 15 at 8:00pm


A “major talent” (The American Organist) and a “rising star of the organ world who already has his own fan club” (Cincinnati Enquirer), “Houli” is one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists. He will be performing works by Camille Saint-Saëns, J. S. Bach, Maurice Ravel, and Franz Liszt.

Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Tickets: $25, General Admission seating

Concertos by Candlelight: Mozart

Friday, February 22 at 7:30pm

Saturday, February 23 at 7:30pm


The elegance of Mozart and the beauty of the candlelit Chapel are highlighted in a program that features Gloria Cook performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, Julia Foster performing Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, and R. J. Kelley performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. The Bach Festival Youth Choir performs the Papageno-Papagena duet from The Magic Flute and a Mozart Nocturne.

Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Tickets: $25, General Admission seating

Free Events: Come to the chapel early or stay late to learn more about these works. Pre-Concert Talks led by John V. Sinclair at 6:15pm and Post-Concert talks led by Barrymore Laurence Scherer at 9:30pm, both in the Chapel.

Tea and Talk with Scholar Barrymore Laurence Scherer: The Mass and Its Masters

Sunday, February 24 at 4:00pm


Scholar Barrymore Laurence Scherer (Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar) leads a lively discussion about the upcoming concert “Titans in C,” which features works by Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart.

Location: Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Details: Doors open and tea begins at 4:00pm. Program starts at 4:30pm.

Tickets: This is a free event. Please make reservations with the Bach Festival office by February 20, 2013. Bach Festival Office: 407.646.2182


Open Rehearsal: Bach’s Timeless Gifts

Friday, March 1 at 6:45pm


A “behind-the-scenes” look at how conductor Dr. Sinclair prepares a program for performance. Join us to preview the only all-Bach program during this Festival. Works include Bach’s Mass in G Major, as well as Cantatas BWV 119 and 52, and the Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 31.

Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Tickets: Free event



Titans in C: Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn

Saturday, March 2 at 7:30pm


Join us for a night in C major with three jubilant works by the titans of the Classic Era. Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 30, “Alleluja.” This is a performance by the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra and guest soloists, directed by John V. Sinclair.

Mary Wilson, soprano

Margaret Lattimore, mezzo soprano

Robert Bracey, tenor

Chad Sloan, bass

Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Tickets: Range from $25 to $55, depending on seat location


Bach’s Timeless Gifts

Sunday, March 3 at 3:00pm


Bach’s genius was his ability to balance passion, creativity, and logic and turn them into beauty, illustrated through the celebratory works on this program, all first-time performances by the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra.

Mary Wilson, soprano

Margaret Lattimore, mezzo soprano

Robert Bracey, tenor

Chad Sloan, bass

Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Tickets: Range from $25 to $65, depending on seat location


Ticket Information

Call the Box Office at 407.646.2182 or visit www.BachFestivalFlorida.org. Festival packages are available, as well as single tickets.


Media Requests

Contact Laura Wilcox to coordinate live shots, still photos, interviews, etc. High-resolution photos are available on request.

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