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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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September 12, 2014

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park partners with The Alfond Inn to create destination ticket packages.

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has partnered with The Alfond Inn to create unique packages for the 80th Winter Park Bach Festival, February 13–March 1, 2015. Packages are designed to enable guests to experience Winter Park, a destination for discerning travelers since the late 19th century.

“Patrons traveling from across the country to attend Bach Festival performances finally have a world-class hotel to stay in, a few short blocks from our concert venues,” says Zac Alfson, Patron Engagement Manger for the Bach Festival Society. “The Inn is a natural fit for our  patrons and really helps visitors get the authentic Winter Park experience. It’s the perfect home base for shopping, dining, and visiting the cultural attractions that make the city and the Festival  popular attractions.”

The Alfond Inn earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond status just eight months after opening in August 2013 and has become a new hub for social gatherings in the greater Orlando area.  Hamilton’s Kitchen, the Inn’s restaurant, is a bright light in the dynamic restaurant scene in Winter Park and a dining destination for Greater Orlando.

“We are delighted to support the Winter Park Bach Festival and look forward to extending a special welcome to music aficionados staying at The Alfond Inn,” says Debbie Potter, Director of Sales and Marketing.  “Supporting the arts is an essential part of our mission. Festival attendees will feel right at home at the hotel, surrounded by The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art and within walking distance of concerts and museums.”

Founded in 1935, the Bach Festival Society has established itself as one of the nation’s leading choral music organizations.  Specializing in choral masterworks performed during the annual Winter Park Bach Festival each winter and concerts each fall and spring under the baton of Artistic Director John V. Sinclair, the Society is driven by the influence of J.S. Bach. The Society’s Visiting Artists Series is Central Florida’s preeminent chamber music series, presenting world renowned performing artists throughout the year.

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Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and The Alfond Inn


Packages for hotel stays, Bach Festival tickets, and dining at Hamilton’s Kitchen


February 13–March 1, 2015

The Alfond Inn at Rollins College
300 E. New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Bach Festival Society
At Rollins College

1000 Holt Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789

Related Events

The 80th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival | Feb. 13–Mar. 1, 2015

Paul Jacobs, organ | Feb. 13, 2015 | Knowles Memorial Chapel
Concertos by Candlelight | Feb. 20 and 21, 2015 | Knowles Memorial Chapel
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin, and Anne-Marie McDermott, piano | Feb. 22, 2015 | Tiedtke Concert Hall

Brahms and Beethoven | Feb. 28, 2015 | Knowles Memorial Chapel
J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor | Mar. 1, 2015 | Knowles Memorial Chapel
For more information on Bach Festival Programming, visit

Ticket Packages

Dinner and concert packages: $150–$220.

Room, dinner and concert packages: $399–$469.
Tax and gratuity not included.

Ticket packages are available by calling The Alfond Inn at 407.998.8090 and online at

Bach Festival Tickets are available by calling the Bach Festival Box Office at 407.646.2182 and online at


Zac Alfson

Patron Engagement Manager



About the Bach Festival Society

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.


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