80th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival Starts February 7, 2015

80th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival

The 80th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival features orchestral and choral concerts, renowned visiting artists, an organ recital and educational and social events. This year’s fest starts on February 7, and finishes March 1.

Here is a run down of the Bach Festival events for 2015, many of which are free to attend:

February 7 – Bach and Beer at Cask & Larder, Winter Park
Join the Bach Festival Society and Cask & Larder Brewmasters, Garrett Ward and Larry Foor, for the release of a limited-edition beer, Brandenburger Bock, brewed for the 80th Annual Bach Festival. Featuring German music, this event will be popular with music lovers and beer lovers alike. Free to attend. (3pm-6pm)

February 8 – The Sweetest Sounds at Central Park, Winter Park
Members of the Bach Festival Choir join Michael Andrew and Swingerhead for a Valentine’s Day concert on Park Avenue. Bring a picnic basket, spread out a blanket, and spend the afternoon with your sweetheart on Park Avenue. Free to attend. (4pm-6:30pm)

February 13 – Paul Jacobs, Organ at at Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College
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. The program includes Bach, Stanley, Mozart, and more. Tickets are $25. (7:30pm-9pm)

February 19 – Master Class: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg at Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College
The art of interpretation and details of technique are explained as master artists share their wisdom with the next generation of chamber musicians. The public is welcome to attend and observe the classes. Free to attend. (12:30pm-1:30pm)

February 20 – Bach @ The Alfond | Tea with Arisa Kusumi at The Alfond Inn, Winter Park
This new series is a chance to get to know the soloists that come from around the world to sing with the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. With repertoire selected by the artists, these intimate recitals are a great way to add a little music to your day. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Free to attend. (3pm-4pm)

February 20 & 21 – Concertos by Candlelight: Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Mozart at Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College
Enjoy Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, performed by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, as well as pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, and more, in a candlelit setting. Tickets for each night are $25 general admission; $40-$60 reserved seating. (7:30pm-9pm)

February 22 – Chapel Service at Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College
Hear the music of J.S. Bach during a nondenominational Christian Worship Service at Knowles Memorial Chapel, featuring the Rollins College Concert Choir. Free to attend. (11am-12:30pm)

February 22 – Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Violin, and Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano at Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College
These two artists will perform in an intimate recital with members of the Bach Festival Orchestra featuring works by Arvo Pärt, Gabriel Fauré, and Ernest Chausson. Tickets are $45-$60 reserved. (3pm-5pm)

February 23 – Master Class: Anne-Marie McDermott at Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College
The art of interpretation and details of technique are explained as master artists share their wisdom with the next generation of chamber musicians. The public is welcome to attend and observe the classes. Free to attend. (5:30pm-6:30pm)

February 25 – Bach @ The Alfond | Tea with Laura Pudwell at The Alfond Inn, Winter Park
This new series is a chance to get to know the soloists that come from around the world to sing with the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. With repertoire selected by the artists, these intimate recitals are a great way to add a little music to your day. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Free to attend. (3pm-4pm)

February 26 – Open Rehearsal: Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem at Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College
A “behind-the-scenes” experience with conductor Dr. John V. Sinclair featuring the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra as they prepare to perform Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem on the 80th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival. Free to attend. (6:30pm-8:30pm)

February 27 – Bach @ The Alfond | Tea with Robert Breault & Kevin Deas at The Alfond Inn, Winter Park
This new series is a chance to get to know the soloists that come from around the world to sing with the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. With repertoire selected by the artists, these intimate recitals are a great way to add a little music to your day. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Free to attend. (5pm-6pm)

February 28 – Brahms and Beethoven at Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College
Enjoy Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45, and Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 in concert. Tickets are Tickets are $25 general admission; $40-$60 reserved seating. (7:30pm-9:30pm)

March 1 – J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor at Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College
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. Tickets are Tickets are $25 general admission; $40-$60 reserved seating. (3pm-5:45pm)

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Winter Park Bach Festival is a wonderful way to enjoy classical music performed by Central Florida museums, along with special guests. With many events free, this festival is available to all who wish to enjoy it.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit bachfestivalflorida.org.

[Photo courtesy Winter Park Bach Festival/Karen Leslie Photography]

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