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Jeremy Denk, Piano

  • Friday, January 30
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Tiedtke Concert Hall

The winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the prestigious Avery Fisher prize, Denk is one of today’s most compelling artists. Praised by The New York Times “both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.”

On the Program
Mozart Rondo in A minor, K. 511
Beethoven Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Paul Jacobs, Organ

  • Friday, February 13
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Knowles Memorial Chapel

This Grammy Award-winner, called “one of the most supremely gifted organists of his generation” by The Chicago Tribune, unites technical skills of the first order with probing emotional artistry.

On the Program

J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
J.S. Bach Chorale-Prelude: Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658
John Stanley Voluntary in D Minor, Op. 5, No. 8
W.A. Mozart Andante in F Major, K. 616
Max Reger Fantasy and Fugue on BACH, Op. 46
Alexandre Guilmant Organ Sonata in D Minor, Op 42, No. 1

Concertos by Candlelight: Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Mozart

  • Friday, February 20
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Knowles Memorial Chapel

Glorious music in an unforgettable candlelit setting.
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, performed by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
This piece contains all the drama, allure, and virtuosity that a great concerto needs, plus the delicate sparkle that Mendelssohn channeled more than any other composer.
Beethoven Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op. 80, featuring pianist Gloria Cook and the Bach Festival Choir. This work was Beethoven’s “testing ground” for his Symphony No. 9.
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K622, performed by William R. Hudgins, principal clarinetist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mozart’s final completed concerto contains some of his finest writing for any instrument.

Concertos by Candlelight: Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Mozart

  • Saturday, February 21
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Knowles Memorial Chapel

Glorious music in an unforgettable candlelit setting.
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, performed by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
This piece contains all the drama, allure, and virtuosity that a great concerto needs, plus the delicate sparkle that Mendelssohn channeled more than any other composer.
Beethoven Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op. 80, featuring pianist Gloria Cook and the Bach Festival Choir. This work was Beethoven’s “testing ground” for his Symphony No. 9.
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K622, performed by William R. Hudgins, principal clarinetist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mozart’s final completed concerto contains some of his finest writing for any instrument.

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

  • Sunday, February 22
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tiedtke Concert Hall

Both of these artists perform regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, and we’re pleased
to present them together in an intimate recital.
“Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg and Ms. McDermott are musicians who bring considerable energy and
emotional rawness to the music at hand….” – The New York Times

Program to be announced.



Open Rehearsal: Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem

  • Thursday, February 26
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Knowles Memorial Chapel

A “behind-the-scenes” experience with conductor Dr. John V. Sinclair featuring the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra as they prepare to perform Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem on the 80th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival.

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Brahms and Beethoven

  • Saturday, February 28
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Knowles Memorial Chapel

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
Moving and powerfully emotional, this is the deeply personal culmination of his choral compositions.
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
It has delighted and thrilled audiences since it was first presented in Vienna nearly two centuries ago.

Julia Foster | soprano
Kevin Deas | bass

J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor

  • Sunday, March 1
  • 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
  • Knowles Memorial Chapel

Featuring musical and spiritual unity on a grand scale. This work was first performed by the Bach Festival Choir in 1940, marking the first time this cornerstone of western musical tradition was performed south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Arisa Kusumi | soprano
Laura Pudwell | mezzo-soprano
Robert Breault | tenor
Kevin Deas | bass

VIDA Guitar Quartet

  • Sunday, March 29
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tiedtke Concert Hall

A British sensation, the VIDA Guitar Quartet’s seemingly effortless sense of ensemble and their broad range of timbres and dynamics evokes “listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. “There’s only one word for it: magic.” – Gramophone

On the Program:

Ralph Vaughan Williams March: Seventeen Come Sunday  (from English Folk Song Suite)
Gustav Holst St. Paul’s Suite, Op.29 no. 2
George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3 and 5
Georges Bizet Carmen Suite

Ralph Vaughan Williams March: Seventeen Come Sunday  (from English Folk Song Suite)
Gustav Holst St. Paul’s Suite, Op.29 no. 2
George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3 and 5
Georges Bizet Carmen Suite

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

  • Saturday, April 25
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Knowles Memorial Chapel

Mendelssohn’s epic retelling of the Old Testament story of the prophet Elijah is a staple of our repertoire. This piece is considered one of the greatest oratorios, and the work’s sheer power and emotion are underscored by baritone Richard Zeller.

Mary Wilson | soprano
Rebecca Ringle | mezzo-soprano
Robert Bracey | tenor
Richard Zeller | baritone


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