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.

April 23-25, 2021

Featured Concert:
Bach B Minor Mass, Andrew Megill, guest conductor, with the UMass Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 7:30pm, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Symposium Topic:
Late Style and the Idea of the Summative Work in Bach and Beethoven
Christoph Wolff and Scott Burnham, Keynote speakers
April 23 & 24, 2021; details to follow.  See Description.

Other Concerts: (see Festival Concerts page for details)

Bach Coffee Cantata, BWV 211
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 11:00am
Informal setting at location TBD,  FREE

The Fine Arts Center presents
Apollo’s Fire: Virtuoso Bach and Vivaldi
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 4:00pm, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall


Much more to come!