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 20-25, 2021

Festival performances:  (online)

See the Festival Concerts page for details

Bach Concert videos to premiere each evening, April 20-23, 7:30pm, Free
Music by J.S. Bach & premieres by Salvatore Macchia and Jonathan Hulting-Cohen/Lauren Cox
Featured performers: UMass faculty Lauren Cox, Elizabeth Chang, Kathryn Lockwood, Cobus du Toit, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Greg Spiridopoulos, Ayano Kataoka & Salvatore Macchia, plus guests Eduardo Leandro and Gregory Hayes, and Opus One Chamber Orchestra
Sun. April 25, 3pm: Matt Haimovitz: Bach Listening Room, including post-concert Q&A, presented by the Fine Arts Center (livestream). Tickets $10, UMass students free

Scholarly Symposium:   (online)

Late Style and the Idea of the Summative Work in Bach and Beethoven
Robert Marshall and Scott Burnham, Keynote speakers
Saturday, April 24, 2021    8:30am – 5:30pm
See Description    Schedule    Presenters

The Symposium will be free and in virtual format this year (Zoom & YouTube Live).