A word from the Artistic Director
“One of Fort Wayne’s top ten performing arts organizations” is an acclamation given the Bach Collegium by Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner Tom Alvarez.
Such a positive assessment is due to numerous factors: the collegial efforts of our talented singers and instrumentalists, excellent groups that perform with us, our generous donors, our volunteers and board, and audiences like you—all working together to provide this community with its very own baroque music ensemble.
We work with some of the finest exponents of early music performance to produce programs showcasing rich, articulate, choral sound – and with the energy of virtuoso period instrumentalists.
This our thirteenth season will feature not only J. S. Bach, but also his family and friends, including his eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann, his second oldest Carl Philipp Emmanuel, his youngest son Johann Christian, cousins Johann Ludwig and Johann Christoph, and friends Johann Walther and Georg Philipp Telemann.
Of special interest to our audiences will be the opportunity to compare the master musician J. S. Bach with his own sons, cousins, and friends. On Opening Night Nov 9 we will hear two festive J. S. Bach cantatas, one of which is based on the familiar hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, and pieces by his son C. P. E. and friend Telemann.
During the February Baroque Festival, the Friday evening concert will present instrumental music by the Bach family and friends, and the Sunday concert will feature a C. P. E. Bach St. John Passion – a pastiche, which includes pieces by Telemann, Stölzel, Homilius, and J. S. Bach.
Then our Season Finale, like Opening Night, will feature two more J. S. Bach cantatas, augmented by works by his sons and cousins. And you will hear these works accompanied by baroque period instruments as baroque audiences also heard them.
On Opening night and at the Season’s Grand Finale you will hear fiery baroque natural trumpets along with baroque strings, flutes,
and oboes. Then at our Baroque Festival the featured brass instruments will be regal baroque natural horns.
Once again other choral organizations will perform with us, including the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir.
In addition, our Baroque Festival has an Early Instruments Master Class at Weisser Park Elementary School, expanding the influence of Bach among the young and sharing the joy of performing his music.
Whether you come to hear a lovely blend of beautiful singing and fine instrumental playing, the exceptional music, or the inspiring texts, or for whatever the reason–you will be uplifted–and will observe that tensions and anxieties diminish, maybe even evaporate. There will be moments when Bach will make you smile!
Come and Hear the Joy,
Dr. Daniel G. Reuning, Artistic Director