About the Festival & Symposium

The UMass Amherst Bach Festival and Symposium was launched in April 2015.  The biennial event attracts exceptional musicians and scholars of international stature to UMass Amherst, connects them to our students, alumni and faculty, and through robust collaboration, creates an event of artistic and academic excellence that enriches all who come in contact with it.

Schedule

Friday, April 21, 2017

CONCERT:

5:00 PM: OPUS ONE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT   buy tickets
With faculty soloists Elizabeth Chang, Fredric T. Cohen & Gilles Vonsattel
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, North Pleasant St.

SYMPOSIUM:

7:30–9:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Contextualizing Bach’s B minor Mass
Moderated by Ernest May; with Michael Marissen, Daniel R. Melamed, Robert L. Marshall, Jan Stockigt and Szymon Paczkowski
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, North Pleasant St., Free

Saturday, April 22, 2017

SCHOLARLY SYMPOSIUM, 8am-6:15pm

Link to webpage for description, presenter bios, photos, abstracts & paper titles

Paper Sessions, Keynote Address, Registration and Reception are in Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, N. Pleasant Street, Amherst

8:00-8:30 am: Morning Refreshments and Registrations
Bezanson Recital Hall Lobby, Fine Arts Center, North Pleasant St.
Please bring cash or check made out to UMass Amherst for $25 general/$5 students with ID. Free for Festival Presenters/Performers

8:30-10:00 am: PAPER SESSION 1,  Chair: Ernest May
Brent Auerbach, Joel Lester, Daniel R. Melamed

10:15-11:45 am: PAPER SESSION 2,  Chair: Roberta M. Marvin
Jan Stockigt, Szymon Paczkowski, Robert & Traute Marshall

12:00–1:00 pm: Lunch for Symposium registrants
University Club, 243 Stockbridge Road

1:15–2:15 pm: Keynote Address by Michael Marissen, Bach Against Modernity
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, North Pleasant St.

2:30–4:00 pm: PAPER SESSION 3,  Chair: Ellen Exner
Louis Epstein, Erinn Knyt, Markus Rathey

4:15–6:15 pm: PAPER SESSION 4,  Chair: Marianna Ritchey
Ellen Exner, Andrea Moore, Matthew Mugmon, Allison Smith

6:15–7:00 pm: Evening Reception
Bezanson Recital Hall Lobby, Fine Arts Center, North Pleasant St.

CONCERT:

7:30 pm: BACH MASS IN B MINOR   SOLD OUT
UMass Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus
Simon Carrington, guest conductor
Tony Thornton, chorus master
Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave. on the common, Amherst

Sunday, April 23, 2017

CONCERTS:

11:30 am: COFFEE CANTATA, BWV 211 with alumni musicians
Share Coffee, 17 Kellogg St., Amherst, Free

3:00 pm: BACH MASS IN B MINOR   SOLD OUT
UMass Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus
Simon Carrington, guest conductor
Tony Thornton, chorus master
Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave. on the common, Amherst

The Bach Festival & Symposium is sponsored by:
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