Join us for our 15th Season: 2017 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 2nd 7:30 p.m. - Bach Festival Opening Concert, Dr. Susan Klotzbach, organ (free) The opening concert of this year’s festival will feature Dr. Susan Klotzbach, professor of organ at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, organist of the Kennilworth Union Church in Kennilworth, Illinois, and organist and harpsichordist of the Peoria Bach Festival for many years. This year we highlight her prodigious talent in the opening recital of the festival. Susan Klotzbach received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music in Organ Performance degrees from the Eastman School in Rochester, NY. Prior to that she received a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Iowa. She worked as a tenured music faculty member teaching applied organ, harpsichord and church music courses at Houghton College and Carthage College before joining the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan. Come and enjoy music of J.S. Bach on an organ especially made for the interpretation of his music!
This concert will be hosted as part of the Gretchen Iben Concert Series at Westminster Presbyterian Church • 1420 Moss Ave. • Peoria, IL
Sunday, June 4th 3:00 p.m. - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Trevor Magness, piano (free) Trevor Magness has competed and placed in a number of piano competitions including first place finishes at the Nebraska Music Teachers Association Competition in 2011 and the UNL Undergraduate Concerto Competition in 2012 and 2014. He has given solo performances in many locations, including Fort Worth, Tulsa, Lincoln, St. Louis, Chicago, and Italy. Trevor was the recipient of the 2014 Glenn Korff Distinguished Undergraduate Artist/Scholar Award and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Piano at Texas Christian University, where he is a student of Dr. Tamás Ungár. He recently presented the first book of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in its entirety, and will be reprising this performance for the 2017 Peoria Bach Festival.
Monday, June 5th 12:05 p.m. - Annual Peoria Bach Festival Young Artists’ Recital (free) Come and hear children of all ages sing and play the music of Bach and his contemporaries. If you or anyone you know would like to perform on this concert, please find an application form on the Peoria Bach Festival website. The application deadline is Friday, May 26th.
Tuesday, June 6th 12:05 p.m. - Bach at Noon: Community Concert (free) This concert is an opportunity for young adults, 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 find an application form on the Peoria Bach Festival website. The application deadline is Friday, May 26th.
Wednesday, June 7th 12:00 p.m. - Bach’s Lunch/Lecture: “J.S. Bach Meets Martin Luther” (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. This year, Dr. John Jost will discuss the connections between Martin Luther and J.S. Bach. 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 and His Musical Menagerie (Admission $3 for first child, $2 for every additional child) Bring your children to meet Mr. Bach. Mr. Bach takes children on a journey to meet some of his very best friends, the instruments of his orchestra. The program will introduce children to the instruments used by J.S. Bach in his music.
Thursday, June 8th 12:05 p.m. - Upon the Wind: Music by J.C.F. Bach, Schickhardt, and Vivaldi (free) The Peoria Bach Players return for their third Festival performance in a recital featuring chamber music for winds. The ensemble presents music by J.C.F. Bach and J.C. Schickhardt, and this season ventures outside northern Europe to include two works by Vivaldi. Relish in the rich textures and vibrant colors of this 18th century music written specifically for winds with Peoria Bach Players Lisette Kielson (recorder), Kyle Dzapo (flute), David Cyzak and Jennet Ingle (oboe), Nellie Dixon (bassoon), Carol Wessler (cello), and Susan Klotzbach (harpsichord).
5:30 p.m. - Sacred Baroque Vocal Music: Music of Telemann, Handel, and J.S. Bach (free) Jossfien Stoppelenburg, soprano; Stephen Alltop, harpsichord
Join two of Chicago’s top Baroque specialists in an inspiring hour of sacred Baroque music for soprano and harpsichord.
Friday, June 9th 12:05 p.m. - Bach at Noon: Music for Solo Strings (free) EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin; Dianne Wuthrich, viola; Adriana La Rosa Ransom, cello; Susan Klotzbach, harpsichord Besides being an organist, Bach was an accomplished string player. Come hear Peoria Bach Festival principal string players perform music of Biber, Francouer, Telemann, and, of course, J.S. Bach 7:15 p.m. - Pre-Concert Lecture 8:00 p.m. – Festival Concert: Reformation Cantatas (Admission: $15 adults/$10 students) Peoria Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra – Dr. John Jost, Dr. Tim Fredstrom, conductors This concert will feature an organ prelude performed by Kevin Hildebrand; Cantata 80: “Ein feste Burg” (A Mighty Fortress is Our God); Cantata 38: “Aus tiefer Not” (From Depths of Woe); and the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Kevin Hildebrand is Cantor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Saturday, June 10th 7:15 p.m. - Pre-Concert Lecture 8:00 p.m. – Festival Concert: Reformation Cantatas (Admission: $15 adults/$10 students) Peoria Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra – Dr. John Jost, Dr. Tim Fedstrom, conductors This concert will feature an organ prelude performed by Kevin Hildebrand; Cantata 79: “Gott ist der Sonn’ und Schild” (God is Sun and Shield); Cantata 192: “Non danket alle Gott” (Now Thank We All Our God); Cantata 9: “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her” (Salvation Unto Us Has Come); and the hymn, Now Thank We All Our God.
Sunday, June 11th Festival Worship Services - 8:00 & 10:45 a.m. Peoria Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra – Dr. John Jost, conductor; Kevin Hildebrand, organist Join us for worship as we sing the hymns that Bach and his congregation would have sung. Come and celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Cantata No. 80, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”
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.