Middlebury Bach Festival April 24-26, 2015

Jeffrey Buettner, Music Director

Friday, April 24

8:00 PM Opening Concert
Mead Memorial Chapel
Axiom Brass

Tickets available at the Box Office, $25/20/6. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Office of the President of Middlebury College.

Saturday, April 25

10:00 AM Interest Session 1
"Chant in the Organ Works of J. S. Bach"

Dr. William Tortolano, Guest Lecturer

Room 125, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts


11:00 AM Interest Session 2
"Rhetoric in the Early Cantatas of J. S. Bach"

Jeffrey Thomas, Guest Conductor

Room 125, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts


Jeffrey Thomas

3:00 PM Carillon Recital
Mead Chapel Lawn

George Matthew, Jr., carillonneur

Enjoy the performance on the lawn around the Chapel.


6:00 PM Bach at 51 Main

Eric Despard, guitarist

51 Main at the Bridge, Downtown Middlebury


8:00 PM Festival Concert

Jeffrey Thomas, Guest Conductor

Concert Hall, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Cantatas of J. S. Bach

BWV 12, Weinen, klagen, sorgen, sagen, cantata for Jubilate

BWV 106, Actus tragicus, funeral cantata

BWV 182, Himmelskönig, sei willkommen, cantata for Palm Sunday

Festival orchestra, soloists and the Middlebury College Choir

Tickets available at the Box Office and at the door, $12/10/students free with ID

Sunday, April 26

Bach in Area Congregations 

3:00 PM Chamber Music

Concert Hall, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts

Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227


Featuring Special Guest: ARTEK Early Music Ensemble, New York
Middlebury College Alumna, Gwendolyn Toth '77, director



Friday, April 27, 2012

Opening Gala

6:30 - 8:00 pm
Baroque Dance with members of The New York Baroque Dance Co.
Lower Lobby, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Learn and dance a Minuet, Gigue, Bourrée and Double with two members of The New York Baroque Dance Company, or sit and enjoy the spectacle! Live music of J.S. Bach performed by guitarist  Eric Despard.
Light hors d’oeuvres
$ Free

Sponsored by the Office of the President of Middlebury College.

Watch New York Baroque Dance Company’s Artistic Director Catherine Turocy perform Passacaille d'Armide to music from Jean Baptiste Lully's opera, Armide (1686).

8:00 – 10:00 PM
Film Screening: “BACH & friends”
Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts
This documentary by Emmy nominated filmmaker Michael Lawrence features interviews and performances by Joshua Bell, Bobby McFerrin, Philip Glass, Béla Fleck, Hilary Hahn, Emerson String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Manuel Barrueco, Chris Thile, Simone Dinnerstein, Jake Shimabukuro, The Swingle Singers, John Bayless, Matt Haimovitz, Peter Schickele, Richard Stoltzman, Zuill Bailey, Sid Meier, João Carlos Martins, Felix Hell, Mike Hawley, Uri Caine, Tim Page, Charles J. Limb, M.D., Hilda Huang, Anatoly Larkin, John Q. Walker, Harlan Brothers, Andrew Talle and Christoph Wolff. $ Free

"BACH & friends" trailer

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Interest Sessions and Festival Concert

Session 1: Bach’s Teachers: Composers Who Prepared the Way
10:00 – 10:45 AM
Emory Fanning, Professor Emeritus and College Organist
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College
$ Free

Session 2: Monteverdi and Bach: Imagery and Imagination
11:00 – 11:45 AM
Gwendolyn Toth ’77, Director of ARTEK and Jeffrey Buettner
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College
$ Free

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Lower Lobby, Mahaney Center for the Arts
Middlebury College
$ Free

Session 3: Splendour: The Glorious Age of the Cornetto and Trumpet
1:30 – 2:30 PM
James Miller, Baroque Trumpet Specialist
Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts
Middlebury College

The presentation will show the similarities and differences between the cornetto and the trumpet, with a special emphasis on Bach's use of the trumpet in the Easter Oratorio. Mr. Miller is principle trumpet for the Middlebury Bach Festival.
$ Free

Bach Unplugged
6:00 –7:30 PM
Eric Despard, Guitarist
51 Main
Middlebury, VT 05753
Join classical guitarist Eric Despard as he unravels some of the most popular music by J.S. Bach and others.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase during the performance.

Festival Concert
8:00 PM
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College
$12/$10/Students Free with Middlebury College ID 

Book IV Madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

ARTEK, Gwendolyn Toth ’77, Director and Harpsichord


Easter Oratorio, “Kommt, eilet und laufet, ihr flüchtigen Füße” BWV 249

ARTEK soloists, Middlebury College Choir and Festival Orchestra
Jeffrey Buettner, Conductor

Sunday, April 29, 2012 

Bach in Middlebury Area Congregations

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

Organ Concert
2:00 PM
Dr. Emory Fanning, Organist
Mead Chapel
Middlebury College
$ Free

Information on the 2011 Middlebury Bach Festival