Events & Venues

2018 Arizona Bach Festival Events

Friday, Jan. 12   7:30 pm   (pre-concert lecture 6:30)
Organist Dexter Kennedy in Recital
All Saints’ Episcopal Church – 6300 N. Central Ave, Phoenix [map]
Tickets: $23 in advance/$25 at the door

World-renowned organist Dexter Kennedy opens the Arizona Bach Festival with a recital of Bach masterpieces.  Praised for his "prodigious technique and grand style musicality" in The American Organist, Kennedy won the Grand Prix d'Interprétation at the 24th Concours International d'Orgue de Chartres, serves on the music faculty of The College of Wooster (Ohio) and is currently a guest instructor at Oberlin College and Conservatory. He earned degrees from Yale and Oberlin.  The concert includes Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543, the Trio Sonata IV in E minor, BWV 528 and Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548.

Friday, Jan. 19   7:30 pm   (pre-concert lecture 6:30)
Solo Cantatas and Oboe d’amore Concerto
Josefien Stoppelenburg, Soprano
Karen Kundsen Stanley, Mezzo-Soprano
Martin Schuring, Oboe d'amore
Central United Methodist Church – 1875 N. Central Ave, Phoenix [map]
Tickets: $23 in advance/$25 at the door

Before joining the faculty of Arizona State University, Schuring performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and The Phoenix Symphony to great acclaim. He teaches, records, publishes and performs internationally as a soloist and as a member of the Ocotillo Winds.  Ms. Stoppelenburg frequently performs in Europe, the United States, South America and the Middle East as an oratorio soloist and as half of the duo Unique Harmony of Two Voices.  She is joined by Karen Knudsen Stanley who returns to perform with as part of the Arizona Bach Festivals. She has been frequently seen in collaborations with the Phoenix Chorale, The Phoenix Symphony, Apollo Master Chorale, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, True Concord Voices & Orchestra (formerly Tucson Chamber Artists), the St. Cecilia Music Series of Austin, Texas, and the Kansas City Chorale.

Sunday, Jan. 21   3:00 pm   (pre-concert lecture 2:00)
Bach's Lutheran Masses BWV 235 & 236
Arizona Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra
All Saints’ Episcopal Church – 6300 N. Central Ave, Phoenix [map]
Tickets: $23 in advance/$25 at the door

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, conductor Scott Youngs leads Arizona Bach Festival's orchestra and choir in two of the four Lutheran Masses (or Missa Brevis) on Sunday, January 21. Each Mass includes the Kyrie and the Gloria in Latin, drawing material from Bach's earlier cantatas.

Saturday, Jan. 27   7:30 pm   (pre-concert lecture 6:30)
Duo Pianists Stephanie and Saar – The Art of the Fugue
Central United Methodist Church – 1875 N. Central Ave, Phoenix [map]
Tickets: $23 in advance/$25 at the door

Pianists Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia arrive in Phoenix for the Bach Festival's finale, performing Bach's The Art of Fugue for piano four hands. Praised by The New York Times for "beautifully understated performances," and their "precision and elegant phrasing” (International Piano Magazine,) the married duo brings their glorious technique and stage presence for an ethereal and uplifting performance

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