Evanston-based Bach Week Festival's Gallery Gala fundraiser will feature intimate music of J.S. Bach at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at the Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St., Evanston.
Proceeds from the Gallery Gala, which includes light hors d’oeuvres, wine and other beverages, will support the 46th annual Bach Week Festival April 26 to May 3, 2019. The festival’s board is hosting the fundraiser.
“Guests will experience vocal and instrumental music that would have been heard in the Bach family household,” says Richard Webster, Bach Week’s music director since 1975 and emcee for the fundraiser. “They’ll also have the opportunity to browse art exhibits curated by the center. It’ll be an evening of pleasures for the eye as well as the ear.”
The evening’s music program, titled “Bach at Home,” will include arias from the 1725 “Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach”; the Cantabile in G Major, BWV 1019a, for violin and harpsichord; the bass aria “Amore traditore” (Treacherous Love) from Cantata BWV 203; the soprano aria “Die Schätzbarkeit der weiten Erden” (The Valuables of the World) from Cantata BWV 204; selections from the Sonata in D Major, BWV 1028, for viola da gamba and harpsichord; and the soprano and bass duet “Wenn kömmst du, mein Heil?” (When will You come, my Savior?) from Cantata BWV 140.
The Anna Magdalena notebook contains sheet music that Bach presented to his second wife. The works “provide a glimpse into the domestic music of the 18th century and the musical tastes of the Bach family,” according to an entry in Wikipedia.
Performers will be Hannah De Priest, soprano; Paul Max Tipton, baritone; Sallynee Amawat, baroque violin; Anna Steinhoff, viola da gamba; and Jason J. Moy, harpsichord.
Guests will be able view four exhibits in the Evanston Art Center’s first and second floor galleries: "Paula Froehle, Laurie LeBreton and Deborah Hirshfield"; "Jessica Gondek: Enterprising Machines"; "C. Stowe Myers (1906-1995): 20th Century American, Artist, Industrial Designer and Photographer"; and "Karl Johnson.”
Tickets for the Bach Week Festival’s Gallery Gala benefit are $60 per person and are available online at www.bachweek.org and by phone, (800) 838-3006. For additional information, phone the festival’s office at 847-269-9050.
The 2019 Bach Week Festival includes concerts April 26 and 28 at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston and May 3 at Anderson Chapel at North Park University, Chicago. The festival is a collaboration between Bach Week and North Park’s School of Music, Art, and Theatre.
Among featured performers will be celebrated international concert pianist Sergei Babayan, a Bach Week regular who is working his way through J. S. Bach’s complete solo keyboard concertos during return visits to the festival. Babayan, recently signed to the Deutsche Grammophon label, has received critical acclaim for concerts with his superstar pupil, pianist Daniil Trifonov, and his 2018 album, “Prokofiev for Two,” with pianist Martha Argerich.
Another highlight is the festival’s first collaboration with the Academy of the Music Institute of the Chicago. Gifted pre-college string students from the Academy will perform with the festival’s professional musicians.
A musical rite of spring on the North Shore, Bach Week is one of the Midwest’s premiere Baroque music festivals. The event enlists musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and other top-tier ensembles, while featuring some of the Chicago area’s finest instrumental and vocal soloists and distinguished guest artists from out of town.