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 planning for the Festival is still underway; we are happy to announce a few highlights of the three concert programs...

Friday night's concert will feature Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra.  This piece has not been heard since its sole previous performance in the 2006 Festival.  Saturday will see a return of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, last performed in 2008. And in a wonderful complement to Vivaldi, Sunday's concert will feature Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a brand new offering to the Festival.

We also hope to offer a very special preview of the 2019 Festival ... but we're keeping that under wraps for now!

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 noon 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.  SAVE EVEN MORE ... purchase your subscription before April 17 at the Early Bird Subscription rate of $48!  That's a savings of $12!



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