Mary Wilson, Josefien Stoppelenburg, & Alexander Dobson Headline the 2023 St. Louis Bach Festival

By Afton Wooten

The St. Louis Bach Festival has released its 2023 season lineup.

This article will only mention the performances including vocal-related works.

Starting things off is the Young Artist Showcase. The Bach Society Young Artist Award Recipients soprano Erica Ancell and mezzo-soprano Theresa Flore will be joined by program alumni tenor Anthony Heinemann and bass Chris Stanfill to present operatic and oratorio selections. They are joined on the piano by Sandra Geary. The free concert will be held at the Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church at 6:30 pm.

Performance Date: March 10, 2023

Following this is the Community Spring Sing: Choral Classics. Community members of all ages and singing levels are encouraged to register for this free event. Leading the group will be the Bach Society Chorus and singers from local schools. All will be accompanied by The Bach Society Orchestra. The Church of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL will host the event from 11 am – 1 pm.

Performance Date: March 18, 2023

Bach For Strings will feature soprano soloist Mary Wilson. Concertmaster Lenora-Marya Anop will lead the Bach Society Orchestra in a variety of J.S. Bach favorites. The 3 pm concert will be held at Salem United Methodist Church.

Performance Date: April  22, 2023

Bringing the festival to a close is Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion.” Soloists, including tenor Steven Soph as the Evangelist, bass-baritone Stephen Morscheck as Jesus, soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor ​Dann Coakwell, and baritone ​Alexander Dobson. Missouri Baptist University will host the concert in the Pillsbury Chapel at 2 pm.

Performance Date: April  29, 2023