Toronto Bach Festival Announces 2019 Slate

By Nicole Kuchta

The 4th Annual Toronto Bach Festival will take place May 24 – 26, 2019 in celebration of one of the world’s most beloved composers – J. S. Bach. Music lovers “will be treated to back-to-back Bach, from the three main categories of his work – vocal music, solo keyboard music, and instrumental music,” according to the press release.

John Abberger, founder and Artistic Director of the Festival, will conduct two concerts. Instrumental virtuosi will include violinist Julia Wedman, cellist Elinor Frey, flutist Alison Melville, as well as Abberger, an oboist. Montreal-based harpsichordist and Bach specialist Luc Beauséjour will make his Festival debut.

Soprano Hélène Brunet, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenors Nick Veltmeyer and Lawrence Wiliford, and bass-baritone Joel Allison will be featured as vocal soloists during the opening and closing concerts. Brandenburg Five on May 24th will include two cantatas, Bach’s “Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn,” BWV 152 and “Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn,” BWV 23, along with his Brandenburg Concert No. 5, BWV 1050 and Concert in A minor for violin, BWV 1041. The program for Lutheran Masses on May 26th will include Bach’s Mass in G Major, BWV 236, Sanctus in D Major, BWV 238, and Mass in F Major, BWV 233.

In addition to the lineup of performances, Boston-based author and Bach scholar Dr. Ellen Exner will speak at a free public lecture on the topic of Bach’s exposure to the French style and its influence on his compositions.