Join us for our 16th Season: 2018 Schedule of Events For the Peoria Bach Festival
All events with the exception of the first will be held at: Trinity Lutheran Church • 135 NE Randolph Ave. • Peoria, Illinois 61606
Friday, June 1st 7:30 p.m. - Bach Festival Opening Concert, Stephen Buzard, organ (free) Stephen Buzard, native of Champaign, Illinois visits Peoria to play an all-Bach recital at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Stephen is the son of John-Paul Buzard, the organ builder. Stephen Buzard was trained at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and at the Yale School of Sacred Music in New Haven, CT. He was hired as the associate Organist-Choirmaster at St. Thomas Church in New York City. Stephen then returned to Illinois as the Organist-Choirmaster of the Cathedral Church of St. James in Chicago. He now maintains an active schedule of recitals as well as his busy musical life at the Cathedral. Join us for a thrilling evening of organ music by J. S. Bach.
This concert will be hosted as part of the Gretchen Iben Concert Series at Westminster Presbyterian Church • 1420 Moss Ave. • Peoria, IL
Sunday, June 3rd 3:00 p.m. - Chorales of the Church Seasons, Peter Wykert, organ (free) New Cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Peter Wykert, will perform an organ concert as our first event of the Peoria Bach Festival at our home location. It will feature a Bach chorale suitable for each of the seven main seasons of the church year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost. We hope you will join us for this concert as a warm welcome to our new Cantor, Peter Wykert.
Tuesday, June 5th 12:05 p.m. - Bach at Noon: Community Musicians' Concert (free) This concert is an opportunity for young adults (high school and above), adult learners, avocational, and professional musicians to share their God-given talents with the community. If you or anyone you know would like to perform on this concert, please refer to the application form below or fill out the online application using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVySnc0QFleuJRfTqgGa5IIy0iMUsRPtyOk34RoVq7myKBfg/viewform?usp=sf_link. The application deadline is Friday, May 25th. No exceptions will be made.
Wednesday, June 6th 12:00 p.m. - Bach’s Lunch & Lecture: “Bach the Architect” (free – call ahead to reserve a lunch) Have a FREE lunch on us and gain deeper understanding into Bach’s music. Lunch is served at 12:00 noon. The lecture will begin at 12:10 and conclude at 1:00 p.m. Bach's music seems spontaneous, almost improvised, yet it is carefully constructed. Dr. Jost will discuss elements of this construction in terms that an average listener could understand. The lecture is FREE. Call 309-676-4609 to reserve your spot at Bach's lunch.
3:00 p.m. - “Hey Kids! Meet Mr. Bach”: Bach the Builder (Admission $3 for first child, $2 for every additional child) Join Mr. and Mrs. Bach for an afternoon of learning about how the pipe organ works!
Thursday, June 7th 12:05 p.m. - Introspection and Fanfare: Music of Bach, Telemann, Handel, and Fasch (free) Join Peoria Bach Players as they perform a recital of instrumental chamber music by Bach, Telemann, Handel, and Fasch. Born within seven years, these composers held each other in the highest esteem. They studied, performed, arranged, and even borrowed from the music of their fellow contemporaries. Their musical dialects overlap with deliberate gravity and heartfelt frivolity to create the wonderfully captivating and dramatic language of the German high baroque. Peoria Bach Players features Lisette Kielson (recorder), David Cyzak (oboe), EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks (violin), Adriana La Rosa Ransom (cello), and Carol Wessler (harpsichord).
5:30 p.m. - Evening Recital (free) Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano; Stephen Alltop, harpsichord Join two of Chicago’s top Baroque specialists in an inspiring hour of Baroque music for soprano, keyboard, and strings. The duo will perform pieces by J.S. Bach, Handel, Monteverdi, and Scarlatti. EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Kelsey Klopfenstein on violin, and Adriana La Rosa Ransom on cello will join in the performance.
Friday, June 8th 12:05 p.m. - Bach at Noon: Music for Solo Strings (free) Kelsey Klopfenstein, violin; Katherin Lewis, viola We welcome back two excellent musicians on this Bach at Noon: Music for Solo Strings program. Katherine will perform the Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major on the viola and Kelsey will perform the Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor. It is sure to be an enjoyable concert. 7:15 p.m. - Pre-Concert Lecture: Stephen Alltop
8:00 p.m. – Music of the Grand Baroque (Admission: $15 adults/$10 students) Peoria Bach Festival Choir Orchestra – Stephen Alltop, conductor The Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra will perform Caldara’s Sinfonia in C Major; J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050; Vivaldi’s Concerto “per l’orchestra di Dresda,” RV 577, Concerto for Strings in D Minor, RV 127, and Cantata “In furore iustissimae irae”; and Telemann’s Concerto for 3 trumpets, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings, & continuo.
Saturday, June 10th 7:15 p.m. - Pre-Concert Lecture: John Jost
8:00 p.m. – Cantatas for the Season of Trinity (Admission: $15 adults/$10 students) Peoria Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra – Tim Fredstrom, Peter Wykert, John Jost, conductors The Peoria Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra will perform Cantata 177, “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” (I call to thee, Lord Christ); Cantata No. 135, “Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder straf in deinem Zorn,” (Ah, Lord, poor sinner that I am),; and Cantata No. 76, “Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes” (The Heavens are telling the glory of God).
Sunday, June 11th Festival Worship Services - 8:00 & 10:45 a.m. Peoria Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra – Dr. John Jost, conductor; Susan Klotzbach, organist Come join us in worship as we bring the 16th Peoria Bach Festival to a close. Part I of Cantata No. 76, “Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes” (The Heavens are telling the glory of God) will be performed.
All events with the exception of the first concert will be held at: Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 NE Randoph Ave., Peoria, IL 61606. For more information or directions please call (309) 676-4609.