Bach Festival 2021
Invention No. 1

Bach & Bartók
Sat, Oct 21, 2023 at 7pm in Gamble Auditorium        
A game of musical chairs featuring BW faculty and guest artists. Bartók’s eclectic, rhythmic Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion is fused seamlessly with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The audience is invited to sit on stage to get a bird’s eye view of the artists.  Featuring Dr. Zarina Melik-Stepanova and Dr. Alexandra Nguyen, piano, and Prof. Jamie Ryan and Prof. Josh Ryan, percussion. Free tickets available at

Invention No. 2

Lecture: Lutheranism, Anti-Judaism, and Bach’s St. John Passion
Thur, Jan 25, 2024 at 3:05pm in Gamble Auditorium      
Presented by Dr. Michael Marissen, Professor Emeritus of Music, Swarthmore College, Visiting Professor, Graduate Faculties, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Free and open to the public.

Partita Americana
Fri, Jan 26, 2024 at 7pm in Gamble Auditorium 
Featuring Fire & Grace & Ash:  Edwin Huizinga, violin; William Coulter, guitar and Ashley Hoyer, mandolin in a program blending the music of J. S. Bach’ with American fiddle tunes. Tickets will be available at

BACH52 in Concert
Sat, Jan 27, 2024 at 7pm in Gamble Auditorium   
In his ongoing Bach52 podcast and recording project, GRAMMY-nominated tenor Nicholas Phan asks “Is Bach’s music for everyone?” Fresh from recording new arias for Bach52, Nick is joined by members of Les Délices for a concert of arias and chamber music by J.S. Bach. Tickets will be available at

Sun, Jan 28, 2024 at 2pm in Gamble Auditorium       
Steve Reich’s Proverb and Piano Phase will be presented side by side with Bach’s legendary cantata, “Christ lag in Todesbanden,” BWV 4.  Featuring members of BWV: Cleveland’s Bach Choir and Prof. Rob Kovacs, piano. Tickets will be available at

Invention No. 3

92nd Annual Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival
Fri, Apr 12-Sun, Apr 14, 2024        
We cherish our traditions, honor our students, and forge forward to contextualize Bach’s music and his legacy for the 21st century.  The Baroque Band ACRONYM returns in concert.  BWV: Cleveland’s Bach Choir performs the motets and cantatas of J. S. Bach, as well as a newly commissioned work by BW Composer-in-Residence, Dr. Clint Needham. Our week culminates with Bach’s dramatic St. John Passion presented the BW Symphony Orchestra and Bach Festival Choir, with a fantastic roster of guest artists.

1962 Festival Poinar Chookasian

Bach Festival history

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Bach Festival Legacy
2023 Bach Festival donors
Bach Festival endowments, donors and Friends of the Conservatory
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Dirk Garner

Mass in B Minor 

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Bach Festival Historical Photo Gallery

Johann Sebastian Bach; painting by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, 1746

1982 BachFest Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Riemenschneider

Albert and Selma Riemenschneider 1947Albert Retirement Dinner

John Riemenscheider, Betsy Riemenscheider-Sales, Tom Riemenscheider at harpsichord

Bach Fest 1954 Chookasian Miller, Marshall, Macgrego

Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik

Mass in B Minor Retrospective: Journey with us as we explore movements from decades of Bach Festival recordings of the Mass in B Minor. We begin with 1955 and end with our most recent performance in 2015.

To view Bach Festival historical photos as an automated slideshow, please click the photos button below, then the slideshow icon on the upper-right side on Flickr.