Jason Vieaux by Tyler BoyeSATURDAY JANUARY 14, 2017 – 7:30 PM

Central United Methodist Church
1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Tickets: $23 ($25 at the door)

“Perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation”

Hot on the heels of last year’s GRAMMY win for Best Classical Instrument – Solo, guitarist Jason Vieaux opens the 2017 Arizona Bach Festival with a stirring performance of Bach’s beloved lute and cello suites. With a global reputation as one of the finest guitarists in the world, Vieaux has been featured at every major guitar series on the international scene including Ravinia Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Argentina’s Teatro Colon, and performances as a guest soloist with over 100 symphony orchestras.

Vieaux brings his expressive and nuanced style to perform J.S. Bach’s masterpieces -Lute Suite #1 BWV 996 and Lute Suite # 3 BWV 995, Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro BWV 998 and the Cello Suite #1 BWV 1007.

Michael HeySUNDAY JANUARY 15, 2017 – 3:00 PM

All Saints’ Episcopal Church
6300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Tickets: $23 ($25 at the door)

Within one year of his graduation from Juilliard, Michael Hay became the Assistant Director of Music and Organist of the famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where one of his first major tasks was to perform for Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Madison Square Garden for the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis.

With a virtuosity that is thrilling audiences, this young concert organist enjoys a widely varied career, including noted appearances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center as well as collaborations with New York City Ballet and the Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center.

He comes to the Arizona Bach Festival to perform a delightful afternoon program of J.S. Bach, including Toccata and Fugue in E major, BWV 566, the Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596, and Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528, showing audiences why critics describe his performances as “vivid, flashy, and exciting.”

Kimiko IshizakaSUNDAY JANUARY 22, 2017 – 3:00 PM

Central United Methodist Church
1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Tickets: $23 ($25 at the door)

“a gifted and obviously devoted Bachian” – James R. Oestreich,
New York Times

International sensation Kimiko Ishizaka returns to the Arizona Bach Festival following her thrilling appearance here in 2014. Known for her dazzling interpretation of J.S. Bach, Ishizaka received worldwide attention for her 2012 “Kickstarter” campaign, which enabled her to record Bach’s “Goldberg Variations. ” She released the spectacular recording immediately into the public domain, allowing as many people as possible to experience the piece at no charge.

Ishizaka’s interpretations of Bach are “characterized by straightforward musicianship, immaculate technical aplomb” (Gramophone Magazine) with “fleet fingers to speed through the virtuoso variations with compelling clarity and sensitivity.” (Fanfare Magazine)

Her performance at the Arizona Bach Festival will be a highlight of the month-long event as she performs Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Volume 2.

LACO QuartetSUNDAY JANUARY 29, 2017 – 3:00 PM


All Saints’ Episcopal Church
6300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Tickets: $23 ($25 at the door)

A string quartet from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, known internationally as one of the premiere chamber orchestras in the United States, comes to the Arizona to perform the finale for the 2017 Bach Festival. The Quartet, comprised of Sarah Thornblade (violin), Robert Brophy (viola), Trevor Handy (cello) and Tereza Stanislav (violin) will perform Bach’s Art of the Fugue, one of the composer’s final works, left unfinished upon his death in 1750. Admired for his “limitless creativity of experimenting with a single theme,” Bach began work on The Art of the Fugue nearly a decade before his death, leaving no instrumentation for the piece. However, due to its structure as a four-part score, it has naturally become a tradition for string quartets to perform.

In the gifted hands of the LACO Quartet, The Art of the Fugue is sure to enthrall audiences and will be an ethereal and rousing conclusion to the 2017 Arizona Bach Festival.