Baldwin-Wallace College Bach Festival



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Country and Region United StatesOhio
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Berea, Ohio USA
Festival Contact Information

Baldwin-Wallace College Bach Festival
Riemenschneider Bach Institute
Conservatory of Music
Merner-Pfeiffer Hall Room 105
49 Seminary Street
Berea, Ohio, USA 44017
Phone: (01) 440-826-2207
Email: bachfest@bw.edu

Festival Description

The Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival is not only the oldest collegiate, but also the second-oldest Bach festival in the nation. The festival was founded in 1932 by Professor Albert Riemenschneider (longtime Director of the College Conservatory) and his wife, Selma. The Baldwin-Wallace Festival Choir and Orchestra presented the first Bach Festival in June 1933. Since that time, Bach Festivals have been annual events at Baldwin-Wallace.

Festival Dates April 19 - 21, 2013
Festival Links

http://www.bw.edu/academics/libraries/bach/festivals/bachfest/

Festival Story:

The Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival is not only the oldest collegiate, but also the second-oldest Bach festival in the nation. The festival was founded in 1932 by Professor Albert Riemenschneider (longtime Director of the College Conservatory) and his wife, Selma. The Baldwin-Wallace Festival Choir and Orchestra presented the first Bach Festival in June 1933. Since that time, Bach Festivals have been annual events at Baldwin-Wallace.

Baldwin-Wallace performing groups are joined by several faculty members and local professional musicians in the three-day, five-event program. Soloists are internationally known artists; the lecturers, distinguished Bach and Baroque scholars. Our students consider the unusual opportunity of participating as colleagues with world-class professionals a high point in their performing experience.

Beginning with the 43rd Festival in 1975, the Baldwin-Wallace Festival performing groups have been reduced to sizes now known to be more nearly commensurate with those employed in Bach’s time. Likewise, from 1975 on, all vocal works have been sung in the language of their origins. These changes have made possible the cultivation of a truly Baroque sound with inherent clarity, drive, and intensity.

With a repertoire list that includes more than 300 compositions by J. S. Bach, as well as selected works from 52 other composers, the Festival rotates Bach’s four major choral works on a four year cycle. In this way, Baldwin-Wallace students are exposed to all four of the major Bach choral works during their college years; the B-minor Mass, the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, and the Christmas Oratorio.

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Resources:
  • Online information on Bach Festival
    • Riemenschneider Bach Institute
      http://www.bw.edu/academics/libraries/bach/
    • Bach Journal
      http://www.bw.edu/academics/libraries/bach/journal/
    • Goldberg - The Early-Music Portal
      http://goldbergweb.com/en/news/unitedstates/2007/03/53304.php
Photographs:
  • Cleveland Gallery
    http://www.cleveland.com/sun/photos/gallery.ssf?cgi-bin/view_gallery.cgi/cleve/view_gallery.ata?g_id=6070
Articles and Reviews:
  • Bach’s Captains and Foot Soldiers of Musical Industry, by James Oestreich (The New York Times, May 7, 2007)
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/07/arts/music/07bach.html
  • Bach Festival observes diamond anniversary, by Shelly Guerra
    (The Sun News, April 18, 2007)
    http://www.cleveland.com/sun/newssun/index.ssf?/base/cops-0/1175188657129820.xml&coll;=3
  • Choirs exult in Bach’s masterwork at Severance, by Donald Rosenberg (The Plain Dealer, April 23, 2007)
    http://blog.cleveland.com/

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