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 12, 2019

CONCERT:

4:00 PM: OPENING CONCERT
Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, North Pleasant St.
Free
Music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich & Beethoven

SYMPOSIUM:

7:30–9:00 pm: Panel Discussion
Intercultural and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Moderated by Ernest May; with Lydia Goehr, Ruth HaCohen, Michael Marissen, Yo Tomita
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, North Pleasant St., Free

Saturday, April 13, 2019

SCHOLARLY SYMPOSIUM, 8am-6:15pm

Lydia Goehr, Columbia University, Keynote Speaker

Link to webpage for description, schedule, 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
$25 for attendees, includes lunch & reception
$5 for students with ID; Free for Bach Festival presenters/panelists/performers

 

CONCERT:

7:00 pm: BACH St. Matthew Passion
UMass Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus
Andrew Megill, guest conductor
Tony Thornton, chorus master
William Hite, evangelist
Paul Max Tipton, Christus
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass Amherst
$25 general; Free for UMass students with ID; $5 other students/seniors
Tickets available Jan. 1

Sunday, April 14, 2019

CONCERTS:

11:00am: BACH COFFEE CANTATA, BWV 211
Informal performance at Amherst Coffee, 28 Amity St., Free


3:00pm: ALUMNI CANTATA CONCERT

Michael Beattie, continuo/direction
Bezanson Recital Hall, Free