Bach Festival Society releases Mozart Requiem recording
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Artistic Director John V. Sinclair, is pleased to announce the release of its first recording of Mozart’s Requiem, featuring the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. The recording, made in conjunction with the Society’s fall 2014 performances, will be available at Bach Festival events and can be ordered from the Society’s website at BachFestivalFlorida.org.
Building on the success of the group’s last release, All Is Bright: A Choral Christmas, this CD showcases over 220 artists from Central Florida and surrounding communities. Nationally prominent soloists who performed with the society are highlighted in the recording: Sharla Nafziger, soprano; Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Weeks, tenor; and Michael Dean, bass.
Audio mastering engineer Bob Katz praised the Mozart recording for its “immediacy, depth, and impact.” Katz has mastered three Grammy Award–winning albums and one Grammy-nominated album. He added, “The result is a holistic entity, an audiophile-quality sonic experience of a wonderful work and performance that I highly recommend.”
The Bach Festival Society is releasing the recording during the 80th Winter Park Bach Festival, the Society’s flagship annual event, which draws music lovers from around the nation and beyond to three weekends of choral, orchestral, and organ programs along with a number of educational, social, and enrichment events each winter. The Society is also celebrating 25 years under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor John V. Sinclair.
Join the Bach Festival Society and Cask & Larder Brewmasters, Garrett Ward and Larry Foor, for the release of a limited-edition beer, Brandenburger Bock, brewed for the 80th Annual Bach Festival. Featuring German music, this event will be popular with music lovers and beer lovers alike.
There is no charge to attend this event. Beer and Cask & Larder’s usual offerings will be available for purchase.
This Cask and Larder Bock Beer comes closest to resembling the beer of Bach’s time. In the ancient bock tradition, the dark-colored craft brew is released in time for springtime celebrations. J. S. Bach enjoyed life enormously, and this certainly included beer drinking; in fact, he was often paid in beer.
Cask and Larder is a southern inspired brew pub located in Winter Park that opened its doors in early September 2012. C&L offers southern-sourced seasonal dishes, craft beers brewed on-site, and fresh-shucked oysters from their oyster bar. Brandenburger Bock will be available to take home in to-go crowlers (canned versions of beer growlers.
Award-winning Pianist Jeremy Denk To Perform on Bach Festival Society 80th Anniversary Season
(Orlando, FL–) The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Artistic Director John V. Sinclair, announced the appearance of pianist Jeremy Denk, one of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling musical artists, on its first Visiting Artists Series performance in 2015 as part of the 80th anniversary season. The January 30 program will feature Mozart’s Rondo in A Minor, K. 511; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109; and J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988.
Denk received a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship for showing exceptional creativity and promise, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and the Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London. The New York Times praised his talent: “”Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination—both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.”
Denk’s album, Bach: Goldberg Variations, reached number one on Billboard’s Classical Chart and was featured in “Best of 2013” lists by the New Yorker magazine and The New York Times. Denk will include the Goldberg Variations in his Winter Park performance.
Known for their originality and insight, Denk’s articles have appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, The Guardian, and on the front page of The New York Times Book Review. One of Denk’s New Yorker contributions, “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” forms the basis of a memoir he is writing for publication by Random House, recounting his experiences of touring, performing, and practicing. His blog, Think Denk, was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress web archives. For his work as a writer and pianist, Out magazine included Denk on its “Out 100” list celebrating the most compelling people of 2013.
Jeremy Denk has earned degrees from Oberlin College, Indiana University, and the Juilliard School. He lives in New York City, and his website and blog are at jeremydenk.net.
The Bach Festival Society is pleased to offer The Bach Bus, bundled ticket and transportation for our December 14, 2014 performance of A Classic Christmas. All seats are $77.
The Bach Bus will pick up patrons at the following times:
1:30 PM The Villages- Spanish Springs in the La Plaza Grande West (Publix) parking lot | MAP
2:00 PM Leesburg- The parking lot of Rural King | 1715 Citrus Blvd (HYW 27/441) | MAP
2:45 PM Mt. Dora- The Country Club of Mt. Dora | 1900 Country Club Blvd | MAP
Purchase tickets online or by calling 407.646.2182
The bus will drop off for an early dinner on your own in Winter Park and pick up again for the performance. Some patrons may chose to walk down Park Avenue to our performance venue at Rollins.
Package includes Bus Transportation, a Tier-2 Ticket to the performance and time for a meal on your own in Winter Park. Minimum number of reservations must be made by December 1 to guarantee bus service.