February 17th – March 6th, 2017
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has the distinction of being the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the United States, as well as being Central Florida’s oldest operating performing arts organization.
The Bach Festival Society was founded in 1935 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth by presenting the composer’s orchestral and choral music to the public for its enlightenment, education, pleasure, and enjoyment. The Society is well known internationally and has enjoyed a long tradition of bringing world-class artists to Central Florida. At the heart of the Society is the 160-voice volunteer Bach Choir and professional Bach orchestra. Annually, the Choir and orchestra present the Choral Masterworks series along with the Annual Bach Festival which includes over 7 individual programs featuring a variety of repertoire. Recent works include Bach’s B minor Mass, and Passions, Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and much more.
Additionally, the Society presents the Visiting Artists series with world-class soloists and small ensembles. Recently, the Society hosted Emanuel Ax, Takacs Quartet, Trio Solisti, Brooklyn Rider, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. In addition to ticketed events, the Society presents a variety of educational and community outreach programs to encourage participation in music at all levels. Dr. John V. Sinclair serves as Artistic Director and Conductor and has led the organization’s artistic growth since joining the Society in 1990.