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December 9, 2014

Jeremy Denk Program Announced

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 RepublicThe 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

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November 7, 2014

The Bach Bus

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.

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October 6, 2014

Parker Quartet opens Harvard residency with style

From The Boston Globe

Parker Quartet opens Harvard residency with style
By Matthew Guerrieri | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT
OCTOBER 02, 2014

The playing was courtly but cagey, the sound either focused to a point or delicately velvety. But having introduced themselves as pleasant and well-spoken, the players then revealed themselves as far more intriguing guests.

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Find out more about The Parker Quartet concert on the Visiting Artists Series»

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September 24, 2014

Bach Festival Society and Orlando Ballet to present “Carmina Burana”

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces that tickets for “Carmina Burana” will go on sale September 25, 2014 at noon. To purchase tickets, visit, call 844-513-2014 or visit 445 South Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando. Ticket prices start at $33.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, September 25 at 12:00PM

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  • Dr. Phillips Center Box Office: 844.513.2014

As part of the Grand Premiere of The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and Orlando Ballet are re-mounting the acclaimed 2013 performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” for one night only. This will be the first ticketed event for the general public in the Walt Disney Theater at The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  The performance is scheduled for Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

This program marks the third time the Bach Festival has presented this work as a joint choral–ballet presentation. The first was in 1992 with Southern Ballet Theater and the second in 2013 with the Orlando Ballet. 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. Three noted vocal soloists are singing with the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra on this program: soprano Julia Foster, tenor James Hall, and baritone Gabriel Preisser.

Robert Hill, artistic director of the Orlando Ballet, is the choreographer for this performance. The original inspiration for Hill’s choreographic interpretation started as part of a stand-alone piece titled Homage to the epic and famous opening of “Carmina Burana”, “O Fortuna” in 2010, which was then developed into the full-length work in 2013.

“We couldn’t be more excited that the first ticketed event in the Walt Disney Theater is this incredible performance.” says Kathy Ramsberger, President of the Dr.Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. “This is not only what the Grand Premiere is all about, this is what the Dr. Phillips Center is all about — bringing together two great arts groups to create a unique event for the community.

A triumphant spectacle of sound, image, and emotion.
- The Orlando Sentinel

It was by far the best theatrical experience bringing together two of Orlando’s best. What was created can only be described as breathtaking.”


About Orlando Ballet

Established in 1974, Orlando Ballet is the professional resident ballet company in the Greater Orlando area.  The Orlando-based organization employs a full-time company of national and international dancers from Spain, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Puerto Rico as well as the United States, performing both full-length classical ballets and contemporary repertoire programs. Via its mission, “Orlando Ballet seeks to entertain, educate, and enrich the cultural growth of Florida through the highest quality of dance.” Visit or call 407.426.1739

About The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park was founded in 1935 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth by presenting the composer’s orchestral and choral music to the public for its enlightenment, education, pleasure, and enjoyment. The Bach Festival Society is well known internationally and has enjoyed a long tradition of bringing world-class talent to Central Florida. Since its inception, the Society has expanded its offerings beyond the annual Bach Festival to include Choral Masterworks and  Visiting Artists performances, as well as a variety of educational and community outreach programs to encourage participation in music at all levels. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has the distinction of being the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the United States, as well as being Central Florida’s oldest operating performing arts organization.  Contact the Society at: 407.646.2182  or


About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to developing and operating a new state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Fla. Opening in November 2014, the performing arts center will begin to fulfill its vision of Arts For Every Life®; to be a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students will come to experience, explore and learn.  The two-block community-gather place features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, CNL Arts Plaza, School of Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces.  Future expansion plans includes a 1,700-seat acoustic theater, rehearsal room and commercial development spaces.  The Dr. Phillips Center is a public-private collaboration with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors. For more information or to see live footage from the construction webcam, please visit


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