This 20th Anniversary Season is an exciting time of change for The Bach Collegium—Fort Wayne, Inc. While I will retire as the Artistic Director, I leave the Collegium under the capable baton of Koji Otsuki as my successor.

The Collegium plans three concerts and our annual Messiah Sing-Along, and these are listed with details on the center page.

As Covid-19 conditions evolve this season, however, the Collegium will proceed with great care, following state and local mandates and recommendations as singers and instrumentalists rehearse and perform. Because conditions may change, please check our website for updates.

After our Opening Night concert, I will retire as Artistic Director. This concert observes our 20th Anniversary, thankful that our singers and instrumentalists were able to perform so many of the rich Bach and other Baroque works, as well as works by pre-Baroque and post-Baroque
composers. For the historic record I list the 59 J. S. Bach pieces by genre, and the 16 pre-Bach, 12 Bach contemporaries, and 10 post-Bach composers we have performed.

59 J. S. Bach pieces:
31.Cantatas,
3.Oratorios,
3.Passions
5.Masses
1.Magnificat
4.Motets
1.Operetta
11.Suites &/Concertos

38 Other composers:

  1. Pre-Bach – Josquin, Walter, Scandellus, H. & M. Praetorius, A. & G. Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Schütz, Schein, Scheidt, Gallus, Eccard, Resinarius, Weber, and Buxtehude12 Bach Contemporaries – Telemann, Graupner, Vivaldi, Lotti, Handel, Pachelbel, Hammerschmidt, Rosenmüller, Charpentier, Zelenka, Heinichen, Hasse
  2. Bach Contemporaries – Telemann, Graupner, Vivaldi, Lotti, Handel, Pachelbel, Hammerschmidt, Rosenmüller, Charpentier, Zelenka, Heinichen, Ha
  3. Post-Bach – W. F. Bach, C. P. E. Bach, Homilius, Krebs, Haydn,or Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruckner, Stravinsky, Wyton

My successor, Koji Otsuki, conducts the February and April concerts. The pieces the Collegium will perform, a mix of Bach, Mendelssohn and Bruckner, are listed on the center page. Dr. Otsuki has a wealth of choral and instrumental experience, and is excited to be our new Artistic Director.

I, after spending 20 privileged years directing this amazing ensemble, leave this position with mixed emotions. I have made music with such fine dedicated singers and instrumentalists before such receptive audiences. Without them, and the support of so many generous donors and a hard-working, supportive board of directors, these 20 years would not have been possible. Even though I will miss this responsibility, I know it is the right time to step down. I am very pleased the artistic directorship will be in the most competent hands of our new Artistic Director Koji. I am confident that he will receive your support as well.

God bless the Bach Collegium,

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Daniel G. Reuning, Artistic Director