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Hudson Valley BachFest

The Hudson Valley Society for Music
presents the 18th annual
Hudson Valley BachFest
June 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18

Click here to view/print 2017 BachFest flyer

Click here to view/print 2017 BachFest Program

Click here for a wonderful review of our "Main Event" Concert
by the Millbrook Independent!!

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Friday, June 9
7:30 PM

Prelude Concert: "Bach at Woodland Pond"

Woodland Pond at New Paltz
100 Woodland Pond Circle, New Paltz

Bach's intimate chamber works in an intimate setting
New to BachFest this year!

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Saturday, June 10
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 May 31!

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Sunday, June 11
3:00 PM

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

Click here for a wonderful review of our "Main Event" Concert
by the Millbrook Independent!!

Cantata No. 109, Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben

Cantata 30 - Freue dich, erlöste Schar

BachFest Choir and Orchestra
Christine Howlett, conductor

"Aus tiefer Not, schrei' ich zu dir" (Felix Mendelssohn)

BachFest Chamber Choir
Christine Howlett, conductor

 Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

BachFest Orchestra
Edward Lundergan, conductor

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James Fitzwilliam organ

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Skinner Hall, Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY

Suggested Donation: $20
Students and Youth Free

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Click here to view the Bach 2017 Choral "Welcome" Letter and
to register to join the BachFest choir!

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Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at
(845) 437-4370. All audience members are to be seated. Food and beverages are not permitted in the Recital
Hall. All electronic devices must be silenced during performances.

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Saturday, June 17
7:30 PM

Bach's Chamber Works

Bach Organ Work
Craig Williams, organ

Selections from the Musical Offering, BWV 1079

Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010

Selected Chorales (harm. Bach)
Ecumenical Choir
Cornwall Presbyterian Church Bell Choir
Ruthanne Schempf, director


Flute Quartet Op. 19, No. 2 in D Major (J. C. Bach)

Motet: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

Kairos: A Consort of Singers
Edward Lundergan, director

Cornwall Presbyterian Church

Suggested Donation: $15
Students and Youth Free

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Sunday, June 18
3:00 PM

Bach's Keyboard Works

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

Suggested Donation: $15
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)

Emily Faxon:
emilyfaxon@aol.com (Young Performers' and Saturday evening chamber concerts)