2019–20 SEASON

All our events are currently suspended due to COVID-19. We hope you all will remain healthy and safe through this difficult time. While we weather this storm, we invite you to check out our podcast Notes on Bach here, conversations between leading scholars on J.S. Bach's life and music, accessible worldwide.

SUSPENDED: The Seven Last Words

Sunday, April 5, 6:00 P.M. | Friday, April 10, 3:00 P.M.

The Bach Choir and chamber orchestra present a meditative program centered around Heinrich Schütz's The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross, Spanish baroque composer Hernando Franco's setting of Psalm 51, and Bach's dramatic cantata From the Depths I Cry to You with the Bach Orchestra.

SUSPENDED: Kurt Johnson, Violin

Sunday, May 3, 6:00 P.M.

Though Bach was best known during his life as an organist, his works for violin rate among the finest compositions in the instrument's literature. In this special recital, virtuoso violinist Kurt Johnson presents a recital of these tremendous masterpieces, culminating in Bach's monumental Chaconne.

SUSPENDED: Bach and the Americas

Sunday, June 7, 6:00 P.M.

To conclude the season, the Bach Choir presents a festive Bach Vespers celebrating the works of Bach and his contemporaries in the New World.

Recent Events

Bach Vespers for the Sister Cities

Sunday, October 6, 6:00 P.M.

The season opens with a celebration of the musical and cultural friendship between Houston's Sister City, Leipzig, Germany, where Bach spent much of his life. At the center are Bach's stunning Leipzig Cantata Keep Jesus Christ in Mind, and a festive motet written during Bach's lifetime in the New World — Laudate dominum by Mexican baroque composer Manuel de Sumaya. As a special guest, Pastor Britta Tadikken of St. Thomas Church in Leipzig will offer a brief reflection during the Vespers.

Yanis Eberhart, Violin

Galveston: Saturday, October 19, 4:00 P.M. | Houston: Sunday, October 20, 3:00 P.M.

Since 2016, the Bach Society has supported young musicians interested in studying period instruments through the Bach Scholars program. This recital features baroque violinist Yanis Eberhart, one of the first recipients of this scholarship, who will perform works by Bach and his contemporaries.

Art of Fugue with Dance

Sunday, November 17, 6:00 P.M.

New York City's SYREN Modern Dance returns to Houston for a spectacle of contemporary choreography set to Bach's contrapuntal masterpiece The Art of Fugue, played by Rick Erickson at the organ and harpsichord.

Bach Vespers for Advent

Sunday, December 15, 6:00 P.M.

The Bach Choir and Orchestra present the inspiring Advent cantata Soar Joyfully Upwards, along with the powerful organ works, meditative plainchant, and hearty chorales that together form the rich tapestry of Bach Vespers.

New Year's Organ Concert

Wednesday, January 1, 6:00 P.M.

The Bach Society rings in the New Year with a concert of rarely-performed instrumental duets, featuring trumpeter Robert Walp and flautist Kelly DeVany, accompanied by organists Mary Joy Silmaro and Rick Erickson.

Matthew Carrington, Viola

Galveston: Saturday, January 18, 4:00 P.M. | Houston: Sunday, January 19, 3:00 P.M.

​In this recital entitled "The Thieving Alto", violist Matthew Carrington presents works stolen from three different instruments: a Bach sonata for viola da gamba, a Telemann violin fantasy, and a Gabrieli ricercar for cello.

Bach's Concertos: A Feast for the Senses

Saturday, February 8, 4:00 P.M.

As Bach's concertos comprised some of his most lavish instrumental output, it makes perfect sense to perform them surrounded by stunning works of art. Join us at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to hear these virtuosic masterpieces that feature Rick Erickson on the harpsichord, Bach Orchestra concertmaster Oleg Sulyga, and virtuoso flautist Colin St. Martin.

Bach and His Uncles

Sunday, March 8, 6:00 P.M.

Johann Sebastian was hardly the only brilliant composer in the Bach Family. In this special Bach Vespers, the Bach Choir explores rarely-performed gems by Bach's uncles Johann Michael and Johann Christoph Bach, ending in one of the pinnacles of the repertoire, Johann Sebastian's Komm, Jesu komm.

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