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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.


Click here to view/print Young Performers' Concert application

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!


Saturday, 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


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


Saturday, June 25
7:30 PM

Bach's Chamber Works

BWV 208, "Hunting Cantata"
Edward Lundergan, conductor

Bach keyboard works
Bach violin sonata
Bach chorales
Quintet Op. 11, No. 6 in D Major (J. C. Bach)

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.


Sunday, June 26

Bach Church Services

Various locations throughout the Hudson Valley


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 and Orchestra
Christine Howlett, conductor

 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047

BachFest Orchestra
Edward Lundergan, conductor


James Fitzwilliam organ


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: ("The Main Event" Choral works)
Dr. Edward Lundergan: ("The Main Event" Orchestral work)
Dr. Ruthanne Schempf: (Bach keyboard concert)

Carol Lundergan: (Church Services)
Emily Faxon: (Young Performers' and Sunday chamber concerts)