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Hudson Valley BachFest

The Hudson Valley Society for Music
presents the 16th annual
Hudson Valley BachFest
June 6 & 7, 2015

Click here for information about joining our BachFest 2015 Choir!

Click here to view/print Young Performers' Concert application

Click here to view/print BachFest 2015 flyer


Saturday, June 6
2:00 PM

Young Performers' Concert "South"

Cornwall Presbyterian Church

222 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson

Young Performers' Concert "North"

New Paltz United Methodist Church

1 Grove Street, New Paltz

Join us for an afternoon of wonderful, spirited performances of
Bach's music by talented young performers of the Hudson Valley!

Free Admission


Saturday, June 6
7:30 PM

"The Main Event"
Bach's larger choral and orchestral works

Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden
Cantata No. 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis

BachFest Festival Choir & Orchestra

Ich lasse dich nicht, BWV Anh. 159

BachFest Chamber Choir

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050

Christine Howlett, conductor


James Fitzwilliam, organ


Christ Episcopal Church
20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie

Suggested Donation: $20
Students and Youth Free


Sunday, June 7

Bach Church Services

Various locations throughout the Hudson Valley

Christ Episcopal Church
20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie

Laura Ramsey Russell, Organist & Choir Director
Evan Bish, double bass
Mary Bish, violin

10:00 AM

Prelude: Selections from the Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009

Hymns harmonized by J. S. Bach:
Allein Gott in her Hoh (All Glory be to God on High)
Nun danket alle Gott (Now thank we all our God)
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A mighty fortress is our God)

Choral Anthem: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Werde munter)

Organ Solo: Schmucke dich


St. John's Lutheran Church
55 Wilbur Avenue, Poughkeepsie

Susan Guse, Music Director

9:30 AM

Prelude: Fuge in E Flat, BWV 552, "St. Ann's Fugue"
Postlude: Nun danket alle Gott", final chorale from Cantata No. 79,
arranged for organ


New Paltz United Methodist Church
1 Grove Street, New Paltz

Lee H. Pritchard, Music Director

Extended Prelude: 10:15 - 10:45 AM

Bach service


Sunday, June 7
3:30 PM

Bach's chamber works

Wedding Cantata, BWV 202
Suzanne Clune, soprano
Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Susan Seligman, cello
Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Ruthanne Schempf, piano
Bach Chorales and Arrangements
Cornwall Ecumenical Bach Choir
Cornwall Presbyterian Church Rejoice and Ring Bell Choir
Ruthanne Schempf, director

Keyboard Quintet Op. 22 No. 1 in D Major
(J. C. Bach)
for flute, oboe, violin, cello and harpsichord

Cornwall Presbyterian Church

Suggested Donation: $15
Students and Youth Free

The Hudson Valley BachFest is an annual weekend marathon of four concerts and multiple church services celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.  The festival takes place in three Hudson Valley locations: Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties.  For directions to Christ Episcopal Church and Cornwall Presbyterian Church click here.

For a comprehensive listing of Bach's cantatas and other vocal works, including texts, translations, scores, articles and performers, click here.

For information, contact:
Dr. Christine Howlett: ("The Main Event" Choral works)
Dr. Edward Lundergan: ("The Main Event" Orchestral work)
Carol Lundergan: (Church Services)
Emily Faxon: (Young Performers' and Sunday chamber concerts)