The Arizona Bach Festival celebrates its 12th anniversary season of presenting renowned artists performing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Due to the pandemic, the three concerts of the 2021 Festival are being held virtually (on YouTube) through high-definition videos of exceptional artistic quality. Instead of individual tickets, we’re offering a Festival Pass, including access to all three events for your entire household, and a Festival Pass Plus, which adds “meet the artist” Zoom sessions to the Festival Pass.
In order to better enjoy these special online events, we have created a page of “Tips for watching the Virtual Festival concerts.” You can also download our official 2021 Festival Program, which includes program information, artist bios, texts & translations, and more.
The beautiful painting used in the artwork for our 2021 Festival is courtesy of our multi-talented friend, Josefien Stoppelenburg!
Aaron David Miller, Organist
Sunday, February 21, 2021 • 3:00 pm MST
Aaron David Miller plays a superb organ recital using all three organs at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St Paul, Minnesota. With his signature wit and charm, he introduces each of the organs and then ends the concert with an inside look at the largest of the three instruments. With dazzling pedal technique and elegant playing, this is a “not to be missed” concert. Join the Arizona Bach Festival for its first full-length concert in digital format!
Sunday, February 28, 2021 • 3:00 pm MST
From the Church of the Ascension in Warsaw, Poland, Anna Kowalska and Anton Birula present “Bach Meets Weiss,” juxtaposing music of J. S. Bach with that of Silvius Leopold Weiss. Weiss was a colleague of Bach, knew him when they both appeared at the court in Dresden, and each admired the other’s work. Technically extraordinary, musically flawless, this is lute playing at its finest. While this duo has traveled the world, they have not yet appeared in the United States, so this is your chance!
Arias with Violin and Organ
Sunday, March 7, 2021 • 3:00 pm MST
Married couple Ingela Onstad (soprano) and Michael Hix (baritone) will perform a selection of arias from Bach cantatas and masses. Michael is on the faculty at the University of New Mexico, and audiences of the Bach Festival will remember him from his performance in our staged St. John Passion. They will be joined by violinist Stephen Redfield, the Festival’s long-time concertmaster and and a new Festival artist, organist Maxine Thévenot, the Music Director and organist at the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the concert was filmed.
Josefien Stoppelenburg in Concert
The Arizona Bach Festival is pleased to present a special Winter concert event recorded for the Arizona Bach Festival by Josefien Stoppelenburg and Stephen Alltop (YouTube link: https://youtu.be/qgx47kZ-Fok). We present this as a gift to our patrons (and future patrons!) and it includes an introduction by Festival Board President Donald Morse, who gives some information about our 2021 Festival season.
The Arizona Bach Festival proudly presents Dr. Craig Westendorf in “Bach Talk 1 – Invertible Counterpoint,” the first of a series of informative videos about the fascinating elements of what makes the music of Johann Sebastian Bach so magnificent!
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