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Hudson Valley BachFest



The Hudson Valley Society for Music
presents the 17th annual
Hudson Valley BachFest
June 19, 25 & 26, 2016

This year's BachFest is dedicated to the memory of Paul Frazer,
beloved friend of BachFest and the Hudson Valley community,
who died on June 18, 2015.

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Click here to view/print Young Performers' Concert application - due June 10!

Click here to view/print 2016 BachFest flyer

Click here to view/print 2016 BachFest mailer

Click here to view/print the 2016 BachFest Choral Invitation Letter

Click here to sign up online to sing in the 2016 BachFest Choir

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Sunday, June 19
3:00 PM

Bach's Keyboard Works

featuring Bach's virtuosic
Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue, BWV 903

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
17 South Avenue, Beacon

Suggested Donation: $15
Students and Youth Free

This concert is dedicated to BachFest beloved friend, colleague and
long-time
Hudson Valley resident Pat Maimone,
who lost her battle with cancer on October 12, 2015.

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Saturday, June 25
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

Click here to view/print the Young Performers' application - due June 10!

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Saturday, June 25
7:30 PM

Bach's Chamber Works

Bach Organ Work
Craig Williams

Violin Sonata
Emily Faxon, violin; Ruthanne Schempf, keyboard

Ecumenical Choir
Cornwall Presbyterian Church Bell Choir


Quintet Op. 11, No. 6 in D Major (J. C. Bach)

BWV 208, Hunting Cantata *
Courtenay Budd, Jody Weatherstone, soprano
James Ruff, tenor
Kent Smith, baritone
BachFest Chamber Orchestra
Edward Lundergan, conductor

Cornwall Presbyterian Church

Suggested Donation: $15
Students and Youth Free

*The "Hunting Cantata" performance is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

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Sunday, June 26

Bach Church Services

Various locations throughout the Hudson Valley

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Sunday, June 26
7:00 PM

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

Cantata No. 6 - Bleib' bei uns

Cantata 11 - Lobet Gott in seinen Riechen

BachFest Choir and Orchestra
Christine Howlett, conductor

"Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe" from Musikalische Exequien (Heinrich Schütz)

"Herr, nun lassest du deinen Diener" SWV 433 (Heinrich Schütz)

BachFest Chamber Choir
Christine Howlett, conductor

 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047

BachFest Orchestra
Edward Lundergan, conductor

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James Fitzwilliam organ

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Christ Episcopal Church
20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie

Suggested Donation: $20
Students and Youth Free


The Hudson Valley BachFest is an annual multi-weekend marathon of five 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 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: chhowlett@vassar.edu ("The Main Event" Choral works)
Dr. Edward Lundergan: lunderge@newpaltz.edu ("The Main Event" Orchestral work)
Dr. Ruthanne Schempf: schempfr@newpaltz.edu (Bach keyboard concert)

Carol Lundergan: soprano@hvc.rr.com (Church Services)
Emily Faxon:
emilyfaxon@aol.com (Young Performers' and Sunday chamber concerts)