Middlebury Bach Festival (May 6-8, 2011)

Announcing the Middlebury Bach Festival Friday-Sunday, May 6-8, 2011! The first of its kind, this Festival seeks to further the appreciation of the music, life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach by providing College and community audiences with three days of performances and interest sessions culminating in an exciting Festival Concert in Mead Chapel at Middlebury College on Saturday, May 7 at 8 PM. Internationally recognized Bach scholar Christoph Wolff will be a featured guest speaker.

The opening of the Festival will be celebrated on Friday, May 6 at 7 PM with a Gala event at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts at Middlebury College. On Saturday, May 7 there will be interest sessions at Middlebury College throughout the day and a 6 PM pre-concert reception at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Sunday, May 8 there will be performances of music by Johann Sebastian Bach in congregations throughout Middlebury. These events bring the College and town of Middlebury together, modeled after the way the famous organist/composer worked in Leipzig over 275 years ago.

This festival is sponsored by the Office of the President of Middlebury College, the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, the Middlebury College Choir, the Department of Music, the Middlebury College Academic Enrichment Fund, the German Department, and the Middlebury College Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Pre-Concert Reception sponsored by Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls and Two Brothers Tavern.

Rehearsals for Interested Singers

Middlebury Bach Festival Massed Choir Rehearsal*
Dona Nobis Pacem from Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach
Jeffrey Buettner, Conductor
Monday, May 2, 2011, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Friday, May 6, 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Saturday, May 7, 4:00 – 4:30 PM (please note 4:00 time)
Mead Chapel, Middlebury College

*All interested singers are invited.
Singers must attend all specified massed choir rehearsals, May 2, 6 & 7
to perform in the Festival Concert on Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 PM.

Middlebury Bach Festival 2011
Friday-Sunday, May 6 – 8

Opening Gala Reception
Friday, May 6, 2011
8:00 – 10:00 PM
Atrium, Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts
Performance of Chamber Music by J.S. Bach
Program hosted by Jeffrey Buettner, Assistant Professor of Music, Middlebury College
$ Free Admission
Co-sponsored by the Middlebury College Department of Music and the Office of the President

Interest Sessions and Festival Concert*
Saturday, May 7, 2011
*Free shuttle service available between the parking lot at the Mahaney Center for the Arts and Mead Chapel from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM.

Organ Masterworks of J.S. Bach
10:00 – 10:45 AM
Emory Fanning, Professor Emeritus
Mead Chapel, Middlebury College
$ Free Admission

Anatomy of a Concerto
11:00 – 11:45 AM
Larry Hamberlin, Assistant Professor of Music
Mead Chapel, Middlebury College
$ Free Admission

Lunch and Chamber Music Performance
12:00 – 1:15 PM
Atrium and Concert Hall, Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, Middlebury College
$ Free Admission

Singing Bach
1:30 – 2:15 PM
Jeffrey Buettner, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
Members of the Middlebury College Choir
Concert Hall, Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, Middlebury College
$ Free Admission

In Search of J. S. Bach’s Human Face: The Everyday Life of the Leipzig Thomascantor
2:30 – 3:30 PM
Christoph Wolff, Adams University Professor of Music, Harvard University
Director, Bach-Archiv Leipzig, Germany
Concert Hall, Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, Middlebury College
$ Free Admission

Massed Choir Rehearsal with Orchestra*
Dona Nobis Pacem from Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach
Jeffrey Buettner, Conductor
4:00 – 4:30 PM, Mead Chapel, Middlebury College
  *see information above

Pre-Concert Reception
6:00 –7:30 PM
Edgewater Gallery, downtown Middlebury
Performance of Chamber Music
Light hors d’oeuvres
$ Free Admission/Cash Bar
Sponsored by Edgewater Gallery and Two Brothers Tavern

Festival Concert [click for Festival Program]
8:00 PM
Mead Chapel, Middlebury College
Christoph Wolff, Introductory Remarks
Jeffrey Buettner, Artistic Director and Conductor
Middlebury College Choir
Middlebury Bach Festival Massed Choir and Orchestra
$10 General Admission/$8 Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Emeriti, Children under 12/$6 Middlebury Students


Bach in Middlebury Area Congregations

Friday, May 6, 2011

Havurah: The Addison County Jewish Congregation

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
The Congregational Church of Middlebury
The First Congregational Church of Cornwall
Memorial Baptist Church
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
United Methodist Church
Weybridge Congregational Church UCC

Service times vary.

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