August 27, 2014

2014-15 Bach Festival Society Tickets Now On Sale


Contact: Zac Alfson

Patron Engagement Manager

Phone: 407.646.2342

Fax: 407.646.2692

For Immediate Release

2014-15 Bach Festival Society Tickets Now On Sale

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is pleased to announce single tickets are now on sale for its 80th Anniversary Season of classical and choral music in beautiful Winter Park, Florida.  The 2014-15 Season features many of the greatest musical masterworks of Western art.  The geniuses who composed these works all owe a debt of gratitude to the master of all composers, Johann Sebastian Bach.​

Choir and Orchestra Photos available for download at

Visiting Artists Photos available for download at

Choral masterworks Series

Performed by the 160-Voice Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra at Knowles Memorial Chapel in Winter Park, FL

All-Mozart Program

Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 7:30pm

Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 3:00pm

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E‑Flat Major, K. 364, featuring co-concertmasters Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez and Alvaro Gomez

Mozart Overture to The Magic Flute

Mozart Requiem in D Minor, K626.

A Classic Christmas

Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 7:30pm

Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 2:00pm and 6:00pm

A Winter Park holiday tradition—hear Christmas classics performed by the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra.

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 3:00pm

Mendelssohn Elijah, Op. 70, featuring baritone Richard Zeller, this generation’s definitive Elijah.

Visiting Artists Series

The Parker Quartet

Sunday, October 26, 2014, at 3:00pm

Tiedtke Concert Hall

The Grammy Award–winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The New York Times hailed the quartet as “something extraordinary,” and the Boston Globe acclaimed its “pinpoint precision and spectacular sense of urgency.”

Jeremy Denk, piano

Friday, January 30, 2015, at 7:30pm

Tiedtke Concert Hall

One of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists, Jeremy Denk was praised by The New York Times as “a pianist you want to hear, both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.”

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin, and Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 3:00pm

Tiedtke Concert Hall

Passion, excitement, and innovation are the hallmarks of internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s artistry. “Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg and Ms. McDermott are musicians who bring considerable energy and emotional rawness to the music at hand.” The New York Times

VIDA Guitar Quartet

Sunday, March 29, 2015, at 3:00pm

Tiedtke Concert Hall

British sensation VIDA Guitar Quartet brings its seemingly effortless sense of ensemble and broad range of timbres and dynamics. The experience suggests “listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. Thereʼs only one word for it: magic.” Gramophone.

80th Annual Bach Festival

Paul Jacobs, organ

Friday, February 13, 2015, at 7:30pm

Knowles Memorial Chapel

Concertos by Candlelight

Friday, February 20, 2015, at 7:30pm

Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 7:30pm

Knowles Memorial Chapel

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 featuring violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Beethoven Choral Fantasy featuring Gloria Cook

Brahms and Beethoven

Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 7:30pm

Knowles Memorial Chapel

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op.45

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op.92.

J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 3:00pm

Knowles Memorial Chapel

One of the most celebrated choral masterpieces, Bach’s Mass in B Minor features musical and spiritual unity on a grand scale.

The mission of the Bach Festival Society is to inspire the human spirit through great classical music, featuring powerful choral performances, as we celebrate the legacy of J.S. Bach. The 2014-2015 Season is the Society’s 80th year of presenting outstanding musical offerings to the Central Florida community.

Located in Winter Park, Florida, the Bach Festival Society is one of the longest continuously operating Bach Festivals in the country and among America’s great oratorio societies. The Bach Festival Society brings the highest caliber of classical music to Central Florida. Performances are held in the intimate settings of Tiedtke Concert Hall and Knowles Memorial Chapel on the beautiful campus of Rollins College.  For more information on the Bach Festival Society, visit


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June 4, 2014

Bach Festival Society of Winter Park elects Brock McClane to Board of Trustees

JBM (Winter Park, FL) Orlando Attorney and Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, J. Brock McClane was elected to the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park’s Board of Trustees on May 14, 2014.

J. Brock McClane is Managing Director of McClane Partners Law Firm, P.A., a transactional law and business litigation firm specializing in international matters with its office in downtown Orlando. He also serves as Honorary Consul of Germany in Orlando.

“It is a great honor to be asked to join the board of trustees of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.” said Mr. McClane, “I am excited to join the board and look forward to contributing to its evolution as it enters its 80th year of bringing rich, beautiful music to Winter Park, central Florida and visitors from around the globe.”

Brock is a Florida native raised in Lakeland. In 1983, he received his undergraduate degree in economics with a minor in German from Emory University. In 1988, he graduated from George Washington University Law School with a J.D. degree.

Brock has served in all executive capacities of the Florida Bar International Law Section, including service as chairman from 2009–2010, and he continues to serve on its executive council. He is Chairman of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s International Advisory Board. Brock is Treasurer and a Director of Global Connections Foundation, Inc. He serves as Orlando co-chair of the Florida Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce – South. He was a Founding Director of Blankner School Foundation, Inc.

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April 15, 2014

Dr. Mayhill Fowler to speak on Russian Affairs

Stetson Assistant Professor Dr. Mayhill Fowlerto discuss current events in Russia and the Ukraine for Bach Festival Society’s “Nationalism in Music” performances April 26 and 27, 2014

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is pleased to present a talk by Dr. Mayhill Fowler on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 1:00pm in the Bush Auditorium on the Rollins College campus. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Fowler specializes in the cultural history of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe and will give historical context to the recent events in Russia and Crimea. The programming of the Bach Festival Society’s upcoming concerts creates the perfect setting for discussing the diverse cultural fabric and long transitional history of Russia and the Eastern European region.

Supported by the broader musical concept of nationalism and the desire of all people to triumph over oppression, the featured works will include Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky Suite, Ukrainian composer Valeri Kikta’s Frescoes of St. Sophia Cathedral of Kiev, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ Luonnotar, Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia,” and Aaron Copland’s Canticle of Freedom and Fanfare for the Common Man.

About the Speaker

Dr. Mayhill Fowler

Assistant Professor of History, Stetson University

Mayhill Fowler, Ph.D. (Princeton University) teaches and researches the cultural history of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe. She focuses in particular on how different kinds of state systems shape creativity and how diversity leads to innovation. Transnational history, urban studies, and the social history of the arts are among her interests. Fowler has presented at many conferences, from North America to Ukraine to Russia, has several publications in edited volumes and journals, and is writing a book, Beau Monde: State and Stage at Empire’s Edge, Russia and Soviet Ukraine 1916–1941, which explains the creation of the Soviet cultural periphery. Her next project focuses on frontline entertainment during World War II and the creation of the global entertainment industry. She translates from various Slavic languages and occasionally writes for New Eastern Europe. She has taught at Princeton University, the Ukrainian Catholic University, and the University of Toronto, as well as at a summer school of Jewish history in Lviv, Ukraine. Before coming to Stetson University, Fowler held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Toronto. Fowler is also a former professional actress.

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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.


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 range from $20 to $90.

Call the Orlando Ballet Box Office at 407.426.1739 or visit

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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