Bach Festival 2021

The Baldwin Wallace 2022 Bach Festival
Presented by the Kulas Foundation

We are thrilled to gather together once again to celebrate one of BW's most treasured traditions. Please join us on campus April 8-10, 2022.
Highlights of the 90th Bach Festival include:

  • Historic displays, master classes and the Festival Brass.
  • BWV: Cleveland's Bach Choir in a program premiering James Primosch's Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, the winner of the RBI's 50th Anniversary Commission Contest.
  • Two concerts by Boston-based Baroque ensembles ACRONYM and Diderot String Quartet.
  • Christmas Oratorio – Experience the joy and celebration of one of J. S. Bach's most beloved choral masterworks.

Subscription sales begin February 1. Single ticket sales begin March 1.

Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik

What Bach Heard ($)
Fri, April 8 at 4pm, Gamble Auditorium
Baroque band ACRONYM — an "outstanding young early-music string ensemble" (The New Yorker) — is dedicated to giving modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the 17th century. What Bach Heard features instrumental music from Eisenach, Arnstadt, Weimar, Köthen and Leipzig. The concert will explore that, as a child and young composer from a musical family, J. S. Bach was raised hearing music composed both locally and from faraway parts of the fragmented German lands. ACRONYM presents a selection of this distinct and beautiful repertory, including sonatas and dances by composers Dietrich Buxtehude, Adam Drese, Heinrich Bach (Johann's uncle), Johann Rosenmüller, Johann Pezel and others. This rarely heard music captures some of the diverse sounds of the 17th-century German lands that would be key to the development of J.S. Bach's inimitable and influential musical language.


BWV:  Cleveland’s Bach Choir ($)          
Fri, April 8 at 7pm, Gamble Auditorium
BWV performs the premiere of Fantasy-Partita on “Von Gott will ich nicht lassen by Dr. James Primosch, winner of the RBI 50th Anniversary Commission Contest. The concert will also include works by J. S. Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude and Caroline Shaw. Featuring musicians from ACRONYM.
Conducted Dr. Brendan Caldwell and Dr. Dirk Garner.
Featuring: Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano; Madeline Apple Healey, soprano; Anna Lenti, soprano; Sarah Moyer, soprano; Andrew Leslie Cooper, alto; Dianna Grabowski, alto; Joseph Schlesinger, alto; Kate Maroney, alto; Erik Gustafson, tenor; Nathan Hodgson, tenor; Matthew Tresler, tenor; Shane Thomas, Jr., tenor; Domonic Aragon, bass; Jonathan Cooper, bass; David Drettwan, bass; Christopher Jackson, bass; Samuel Wetzel, bass


What Bach Inspired ($)                 
Sat, April 9 at 4pm, Gamble Auditorium
Diderot String Quartet (DSQ) presents on period instruments a healthy portion of one of J. S. Bach's most moving and impressive (albeit not quite finished by Bach himself) musical offerings: the Art of Fugue. DSQ pairs this masterwork with the Op. 74 quartet of Beethoven, who was an avid admirer and devotee of Bach. This gorgeous and daring "Harp" quartet shows that as Beethoven's life and musical persona matured, he drew more and more upon the spirit and compositional styles perfected by Bach, obsessively taking them to new frontiers — looking, like Janus, both backwards and forwards.


Christmas Oratorio ($)                          
Sat, April 9 at 7pm, Gamble Auditorium

Experience the joy and celebration of one of J. S. Bach’s most beloved choral masterworks, the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Cantatas No. 1 – No. 4.
Featuring: Steven Soph, Evangelist; Molly Quinn, soprano;
Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano; Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor; Sumner Thompson, baritone; BW Motet Choir; BW Festival Orchestra with members of ACRONYM; Dr. Dirk Garner, conductor

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Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik

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