Last week, the Bach Society of Saint Louis, an Arts and Education Council grantee, announced a full roster of concerts, community and education events for the 2022 St. Louis Bach Festival that will finish out their 81st season.

“The St. Louis Bach Festival has been an exciting staple in our season since it recommenced 5 years ago. It welcomes new audiences, encourages collaboration and celebrates diversity. The festival has given us a unique opportunity to bring more creativity and educational outreach to our programming, all while celebrating the life and impact of J.S. Bach,” says Executive Director, Melissa Payton.

The festival will begin with the Young Artist Showcase on April 23, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church. The 2021-2022 Bach Society Young Artist Award recipients present a free community concert designed to showcase their talent.

The festival also has a virtual component with the release of the “Finding Your Voice” educational program. The series, which was created with support from the Arts and Education Council’s PNC Program Grants, will target students grades 3-8 and will be accessible at no cost to classroom teachers. Finding Your Voice examines how J.S. Bach’s music serves as the root of numerous musical styles and will also explore varied voice types, skill levels and vocal techniques, continuously highlighting connections to popular culture. The series will be released to the public on April 25, 2022 and will be available at bachsociety.org.

Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos” will be presented on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in St. Louis. Concertmaster Lenora-Marya Anop will lead the Bach Society Orchestra in a rare performance featuring all six instrumental masterpieces in one afternoon. This performance, presented by Tad and Catherine Edwards in memory of William Chandler, will be a highlight of the 2022 St. Louis Bach Festival.

Audience members will have an opportunity to sing along with members of the Bach Society Chorus during the Community Spring Sing: Messiah! on May 7, 2022. BSSL and numerous other local choirs welcome members of the public to sing through select movements of Handel’s beloved masterpiece accompanied by the Bach Society Orchestra. The free event will also feature local singers as they perform familiar arias from the masterwork and will be hosted by The Church of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL.

Concluding the festival, BSSL will present J.S. Bach’s monumental masterwork, the “Mass in B Minor” on May 15, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood. Music Director and Conductor A. Dennis Sparger leads the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra and features soprano Mary Wilson, countertenor Jay Carter, tenor Gene Stenger, and baritone Elijah Blaisdell.  Presented in loving memory of Lori Duesenberg, a former member of the Chorus and lifelong Bach supporter by Robert H. Duesenberg. 

Learn more about each event and purchase tickets at https://bachsociety.org/festival.

ARTS Card holders can save 50% on tickets for the final concert of the season – Bach’s Mass in B minor. The discount code is available in your weekly email from the Arts and Education Council.  Details about the event can be found here.