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Bach and Beer

  • Saturday, February 7
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Cask & Larder, 565 W. Fairbanks Ave Winter Park

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.

The Sweetest Sounds

  • Sunday, February 8
  • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Central Park, Winter Park

Members of the Bach Festival Choir join Michael Andrew and Swingerhead for a Valentine’s Day concert on Park Avenue. This free event is the ideal place to bring a picnic basket, spread out a blanket and spend the afternoon with your sweetheart on Park Avenue.

Bach Festival Society performance will begin around 5:15 PM.
Hosted by the Park Avenue Merchants Association and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.

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


Master Class: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

  • Thursday, February 19
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Tiedtke Concert Hall

Visiting performers give Master Classes for Rollins College students. The art of interpretation and details of technique are explained as master artists share their wisdom with the next generation of chamber musicians. The public is welcome to attend and observe the classes.

Bach @ The Alfond | Tea with Arisa Kusumi

  • Friday, February 20
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • The Alfond Inn | 300 E New England Ave, Winter Park

Hosted at Winter Park’s elegant new Alfond Inn conservatory, this new series is a chance to get to know the soloists that come from around the world to sing with the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. With repertoire selected by the artists, these intimate recitals are a great way to add a little music to your day.

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.

Chapel Service

  • Sunday, February 22
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Knowles Memorial Chapel

Hear the music of J.S. Bach during a nondenominational Christian Worship Service at Knowles Memorial Chapel. Featuring the Rollins College Concert Choir. Made up of Rollins students, the concert choir focuses on music for the most select choral ensemble, known for their annual Christmas Vespers concert.

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

Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel
Gabriel Fauré Sonata in A Major, Op. 13
Ernest Chausson Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21
With members of the Bach Festival Orchestra: Joni Roos and Shelley Bareham-Mathews, violin; Daniel Flick, viola; and Brenda Higgins, cello.


Master Class: Anne-Marie McDermott

  • Monday, February 23
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Tiedtke Concert Hall

Visiting performers give Master Classes for Rollins College students. The art of interpretation and details of technique are explained as master artists share their wisdom with the next generation of chamber musicians. The public is welcome to attend and observe the classes.

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