SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE HUDSON VALLEY SOCIETY FOR MUSIC
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ABOUT THE 2020 BACHFEST FESTIVAL
First, we want to say that we're thinking of you and all those whose lives have been affected by this devastating pandemic. You are all a part of our community, and if there's anything you feel we can do for you in these trying times, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
After consulting with our Board, we have concluded that we will not be able to present a BachFest festival this coming June. We feel that the unpredictable path of COVID-19 and the uncertainty of its immediate outcome make it unwise for us to offer concerts in which large numbers of concertgoers will congregate. The health and safety of our audiences, staff, volunteers, and artists remain our top priority at all times.
The Board is already in the process of planning the 2021 BachFest Festival, and we will be updating the schedule below in the coming months with new information. In the meantime, we implore you to take care of yourselves, be safe, and encourage others to do the same.
All of us at the Hudson Valley Society for Music thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support, generosity, patience and understand. We wish you all the best, and we wish you good health until we meet again.
Carol Lundergan, President
On Behalf of the Hudson Valley Society for Music Board of Directors
The Hudson Valley BachFest is an annual multi-weekend marathon of six 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.
BACHFEST CONCERT SERIES 2020 - CANCELLED
Christine Howlett Choral Conductor
Edward Lundergan Orchestral Conductor
Bach at Woodland Pond
100 Woodland Pond Circle, New Paltz
Featuring chamber works by Bach and his contemporaries in a variety of interesting and sometimes unexpected instrumental combinations!
This concert is free to the public, but space is limited to 25 seats for non-residents.
Please call 256-5600 to reserve your seat.
Bach's Keyboard Works
Zion Episcopal Church
12 Satterlee Place, Wappingers Falls
Bach's works for keyboard and organ
Tickets: $15 general; youth/students free.
This event is underwritten in part by the Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (CHVAGO).
"Christmas in June"
Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Skinner Hall, Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie
This year's "Main Event" will feature portions of Bach's blissful Christmas Oratorio, performed by the BachFest Choir and Orchestra, under the direction of Christine Howlett, and Orchestral Suite No. 4, conducted by Edward Lundergan.
Tickets: $20 general; youth/students free.
Young Performers North
Young Performers South
New Paltz United Methodist Church
1 Grove Street, New Paltz
Cornwall Presbyterian Church
222 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson
These events are free to the public.
Click here to view/print Young Performers application.
Bach's Chamber Works
Union Presbyterian Church
44 Balmville Road, Newburgh
featuring Bach's beautiful Cantata No. 82 ("Ich habe genug")
Tickets are $15 general; youth/students free.
This event is underwritten in part by CompuDat Systems, Inc.