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Experience masterworks of the centuries and be moved by the power of music. Let the Bach Festival Society take you on a journey inspired by the greatest music talents of all time.


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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.



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.



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