Bach Festival 2021
Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik

Bach and the Brandenburgs  ($)
Fri, April 21 at 7pm, Gamble Auditorium
Baroque band ACRONYM performs an all-Bach concert, featuring two of J. S. Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos, along with one of his cantatas, and more. Special guest Catharina Meints, viola da gamba, one of the luminaries of the Historical Performance community, joins the ensemble for this special performance.


Appear & Inspire ($)          
Sat, April 22 at 7pm, Gamble Auditorium
BWV: Cleveland's Bach Choir performs with Baroque band ACRONYM in an evening of inspiring music spanning centuries. Following tradition, we present two of Bach's monumental motets, Komm, Jesu, komm (BWV 229) and Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (BWV 230). Nestled comfortably between these masterpieces is Benjamin Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia in a profound and moving celebration of music. Weaving it all together are solo works performed by members of BWV and ACRONYM showcasing their myriad talents and interests.


Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 ($)                          
Sun, April 23 at 2pm, Gamble Auditorium
We close the 91st Bach Festival with J. S. Bach's signature work, Mass in B Minor. This sublime, uplifting masterwork is among Bach's most celebrated compositions. Join us as we perform the concerted version of this magnificent work.
BWV: Cleveland's Bach Choir
BW Motet Choir
BW Festival Orchestra with members of ACRONYM
Dirk Garner, conductor

We are thrilled to gather together once again to celebrate one of BW's most treasured traditions.

Please join us on campus 
April 21-23, 2023.

1962 Festival Poinar Chookasian

Bach Festival history

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Bach Festival Legacy

2022 Bach Festival donors

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

Bach B Minor Mass Retrospective

"Ovations" broadcast on WCLV with Festival artistic director, Dirk Garner

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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.