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Middlebury Bach Festival 2011

The 2011 Middlebury Bach Festival took place May 6 – 8, 2011.

The first of its kind, this Festival sought 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 was the featured guest speaker.

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

This festival was 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.

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Pre-Festival 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
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 Massed Choir Rehearsal with Orchestra*
Dona Nobis Pacem from Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach
Jeffrey Buettner, Conductor
Friday, May 6, 2011, 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Mead Chapel, Middlebury College
*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.

What was he thinking?! A look at Bach's four inventive settings of the Advent hymn: "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" (Come now, Savior of the nations)
10:00 – 10:45 AM
Emory Fanning, Professor Emeritus
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College
$ Free Admission

Anatomy of a Concerto: Brandenburg Concert No. 3 BWV 1048
11:00 – 11:45 AM
Larry Hamberlin, Assistant Professor of Music
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College
$ Free Admission

Lunch and Student Recital
12:00 – 1:30 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
Bettina Matthias, Associate Professor of German and Chair of the German Department
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 **Please note time change**
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College

*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.

Pre-Concert Reception
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Edgewater Gallery
Middlebury, Vermont
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 [click for details]

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.