Chicago Bach Week Festival 2021 VIRTUAL CONCERTS — Preview

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May 16, 2021 - 3 p.m.

May 21, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.


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Free, donations welcomed.

For tickets and information visit the Bach Week Festival website.


Chicago’s 2021 Bach Week Festival presents a virtual two-concert series of free-to-view webcasts featuring instrumental and vocal music of the festival’s namesake, German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, plus a work by Bach contemporary Georg Philipp Telemann, in prerecorded and live streamed performances.

Bach works will include a selection of chorales and chorale preludes for organ, an organ toccata, a harpsichord concerto, and a Brandenburg Concerto.

Internationally recognized young violist Matthew Lipman will make his Bach Week Festival debut as soloist in Telemann’s landmark Viola Concerto.

Chicago Bach Week Festival
North Park University Chamber Singers Photo courtesy of North Park University
Chicago Bach Week Festival
Richard Webster, Organist Photo: Nigel J. Bruce

During the May 16 event, Chicago’s North Park University Chamber Singers and the Bach Week Festival Chorus, conducted by Julia Davids, North Park professor of music and director of choral activities, will sing six Bach chorales. Each chorale will be followed by a prerecorded performance of the corresponding organ prelude, played on the organ at Boston’s historic Trinity Church. Sharing keyboard duties are Bach Week’s Webster, music director and organist at Trinity Church, and his colleague Colin Lynch, the church’s associate director of music and organist.

The May 21 program includes Bach’s organ Toccata in F Major, BWV 540; Telemann’s Concerto in G Major for Viola and Orchestra, TGWV51:G9; and Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra in D Minor, BWV 1052; and Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051.

For more information visit the Bach Week Festival website.

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