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Middlebury Bach Festival April 24-26, 2015

Jeffrey Buettner, Music Director

Friday, April 24

Mead Memorial Chapel
8:00 PM Opening Concert and Reception
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

Concert Hall, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts
11:00 AM Interest Session 1: "Rhetoric in the Early Cantatas of J. S. Bach"

Jeffrey Thomas, Guest Conductor

Free

Jeffrey Thomas

1:30 PM Interest Session 2

Free

3:00 PM Carillon Recital

Enjoy the performance on the lawn around the Chapel.

George Matthew, Jr., carillonneur

Free

6:00 PM Bach at 51 Main

Eric Despard, guitarist

51 Main at the Bridge, Downtown Middlebury

Free

8:00 PM Festival Concert

Jeffrey Thomas, Guest Conductor

 

Mead Chapel

Cantatas of J. S. Bach
BWV 106, Actus tragicus, funeral cantata
BWV 12, Weinen, klagen, sorgen, sagen, cantata for Jubilate
BWV 182, Himmelskönig, sei willkommen, cantata for Palm Sunday
Festival orchestra, soloists and the Middlebury College Choir,
Jeffrey Buettner, conductor

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

Featuring instrumental and vocal performers of the 2015 Bach Festival.

Free

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.

Bach in Area Congregations

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Havurah: The Addison County Jewish Congregation

56 N. Pleasant St., Middlebury, VT 05753

Shabbat Evening: Friday, May 6 at 6:30 PM

Cantata BWV 225, Singet dem Herrn ein nueues Lied (Sing unto the Lord a new song)

Featuring the Bach Festival Soloists

Introductory remarks by Dr. Jeffrey Buettner and Rabbi Ira Schiffer

 

 

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Father William Beaudin

326 College St., Middlebury, VT 05753

www.churchoftheassumptionvt.org

Mass: 10:00 AM

Prelude BWV 568 & Fugue BWV 576

Fantasia con Imitatione in H-moll, BWV 563

Fugue in C Major, BWV Anh. 90 ("Fanfare Fugue")

Dr. Kevin D. Parizo, Organist

 

United Methodist Church of Middlebury

The Rev. Jill Colley Robinson ’95

47 N. Pleasant St., Middlebury, VT 05753

www.middleburyumc.org

Service time: 10:45 AM

Fugue in C Major, BWV Anh. 90 ("Fanfare Fugue")

Dr. Kevin D. Parizo, Organist

 

Congregational Church of Middlebury UCC

The Rev. Andrew Nagy-Benson

27 N. Pleasant St., Middlebury, VT 05753

www.midducc.org

Service time: 10:00 AM

Cantata BWV 112, Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt (The Lord is my faithful shepherd)

Jessica Allen, Soprano

Jennifer Hansen, Alto

Nathaniel Lew, Tenor

Jeffrey Buettner, Bass

Congregational Church Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Jessica Allen, Music Director

Dr. Jeffrey Buettner, Organist

 

The First Congregational Church of Cornwall

The Rev. Dr. Mary Kay Cavazos

2598 Rte. 30, Cornwall, VT 05753

Service time: 9:30 AM

Organ Prelude from The Liturgical Year

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

Cornwall Congregational Church Choir

Dr. Burt Dudding, Organist and Choir Director

 

Memorial Baptist Church

Pastor Steven Jewett

97 S. Pleasant St., Middlebury, VT 05753

www.memorialbaptistvt.org

Service time: 10:00 AM

Chorale prelude, anthem and hymns arr. by J.S. Bach

Jeff Rehbach, Music Director

 

Weybridge Congregational Church UCC

The Rev. Dr. Daniel S. Wright

2790 Weybridge Rd., Weybridge, VT 05753

Service time: 10:00 AM

"Nun danket alle Gott"

Selections from "Jesu Meine Freude"

"Dir, dir, Jehova, will ich singen"

Weybridge Church Choir

 

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

The Rev. Terence P. Gleeson

3 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753

www.ststephensmidd.org

Service time: 10:30 AM

Solo selections by J.S. Bach

Susanne Peck, Soprano

Deborah Lunstead, Viola da gamba

Ricky Chen, Pianist

Cynthia Huard, Organist

Concert: 2:00 PM

Choruses and solos from Cantatas 150, 140, 21 and 79

St. Stephen’s Choir, Guest Soloists and Chamber Orchestra

Featuring David Greenberg, Baroque Violin and Cynthia Huard, Harpsichord

Susanne Peck, Music Director

 

Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society

The Rev. Emily Melcher, Interim Minister

2 Duane Ct., Middlebury, VT 05753

www.cvuus.org

Service time: 10:00 AM

Selections by J.S. Bach

Kate Gridley, Pianist

MiddTags:

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

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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

Lunch
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

Intermission

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