Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival

Grant Cooper 
June 15-17, 2018 
Grant Cooper, Artistic Director 

Bach & Beyond is a lively celebration of Baroque music, happening each June. Spirited performances of some of the greatest music ever written take place in an acoustically-ideal Victorian setting. Treat yourself to the lighthearted atmosphere that has distinguished the Festival since its beginning in 1996. Top-flight performances by Baroque specialists will leave you applauding for more! Though the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach is the foundation of the Festival, each year we include other great composers whose works reflect Bach's inspirational influence.

2018 Program

Join us for the 23rd annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival June 15-17, 2018!  While the Festival's complete program is still being compiled, we are happy to announce highlights of the three concert programs...

Friday, June 15, 8pm
Franz Xaver Richter:  Sinfonia con fuga
George Frideric Handel:  Trio Sonata in G-minor, Op. 2 #6
Anonymous:  Chaconne in G
George Frideric Handel:  Trio Sonata in E-flat, HWV 382
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364

Saturday, June 16, 8pm
Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 1, in D
Antonio Bertali:  Chiacona
Henry Purcell:  Prologue to Dido and Aeneas (reconstructed by Grant Cooper)
Antonio Vivaldi:  The Four Seasons

Sunday, June 17, 3pm
Antonio Vivaldi:  Concerto in A-minor, RV 461, for Oboe
J.S. Bach:  Partita, BWV 1004
Grant Cooper:  Red Tango
Grant Cooper:  White Tango
Matthew Jackfert:  Blue Tango
Astor Piazzolla:  The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires 

Bach BBQ, Bake Sale and Basket Auction

Saturday, June 2, 9am - 3pm ... Join us for the fourth Bach BBQ, Bake Sale & Basket Auction to support the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival!  This year's event will be held in the West Barker Common near the Gazebo, and will feature delicious BBQ lunches served between 11:30am and 3pm.  There also will be an assortment of delicious homemade baked goods provided by Opera House members and supporters and a basket auction featuring a variety of baskets donated by area businesses and individuals.


Pre-Concert Conversations

Interested in hearing more about each concert program, how it was developed and specific information about the scheduled works?  Come to the concert early to join Maestro Cooper and selected Festival musicians for a 30-minute, in-depth conversation.  These special talks are held in the theatre and begin an hour before the concert's scheduled start.  They are free to concert ticket holders.

Subscriptions are the Best Bargain!

Consider a subscription to the 2018 Bach & Beyond Festival.  Three concerts over three days for only $51.  Individual concert tickets are $20; so, a subscription represents a $9 savings for the three concerts.

In addition to saving on the cost of tickets, subscribers are invited to attend a one-hour, post-Festival wine and cheese reception with the musicians immediately following the Sunday concert.  AND - new this year - subscribers are treated to special wine and chocolate mini-receptions that start at the conclusion of the Pre-Concert Conversations and end five minutes before the concerts on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon! 

Discount admission, a post-concert reception, wine and chocolate mini-receptions ... all available to subscribers only!  What more incentive could there be?!?!  Subscribe TODAY!


Dr. Irene's Piggy Bank Challenge

Each year when June rolls around, Dr. Irene Strychalski delivers her piggy bank full of change to the Opera House to support the annual Bach & Beyond Festival.  This year, Dr. Irene is challenging others to do the same.  Start saving any time you want; and you don't have to use  an actual "piggy" bank.  You can use a mason jar, a coffee can, an old cigar box.  We'll collect each container on June 2 at the Bach BBQ, Bake Sale and Basket Auction, empty it and count the contents.  There'll be prizes for the person who saves the most change and for the person with the most creative container!  And, you'll all be helping support a great event! 

Bach & Beyond ... A 20-Year Retrospective

In honor of last year's 20-year Anniversary of Bach & Beyond, Maestro Cooper culled concert recordings from the first 19 festivals and selected some of the best pieces for inclusion in a special 20-year retrospective set of CDs.  There are five CDs, each with its own theme ... Disc One features all works of J.S. Bach; Disc Two features all "Beyond" works.  Disc Three is all vocal selections.  Disc Four is "the Symphony and Beyond," while Disc Five is "the Concerto and Beyond."  The CDs are available individually for $15 or as a set for $60.





The Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature