Tickets and CDs are on sale now at TexasBachFestival.org for the 3rd Annual event in Georgetown and Austin. For the past two years, conductor Barry Williamson (photo right) has grown the scope, size and quality of this musical gift to Central Texas in an effort to include and encourage music lovers of all ages to enjoy masterpieces celebrated for 300 years. “Music is important in every generation and the beautiful sounds of Bach are only appreciated more, the more you hear it,” Williamson says. “We should all hear this kind of music in today’s world.”
The 2019 Festival features 70 musicians, singers and soloists in four concerts at St. Helen’s Catholic Church and St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin. There are also four free “outreach” concerts at the historic Williamson County Courthouse, Georgetown Public Library, and the Lone Star Room in Sun City. These free concerts are presented to reach a wider audience “to advance the timeless masterworks of Bach and others inspired by him, and provide opportunities for young people to get a glimpse of master musicians at work and hopefully become fans of Bach.”
Williamson’s goal is to give Central Texas an outstanding product at an affordable price in a beautiful place. With awareness, TBF is also raising money for the event and local programs. “A Taste of Bach” Brunch enables them to hire and support local musicians as well as those with national or international acclaim. Hosted by the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center, Sunday, June 23 at 12:30. Tickets start at $30.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY
• Sun 6/16, 2:00pm – free admission. Georgetown Public Library, Hewlett Room. A delightful Father’s Day concert featuring soprano Laura Pedersen and pianist Rick Rowley performing a mixture of beloved arias, crossover and unexpected melodies of Bach, Handel, Mozart and various contemporary artists.
ROMANTICS AT THE COURTHOUSE
• Fri 6/28, 12:00noon – free admission. 26th District Courtroom, Williamson Co. Courthouse. Join us for Schubert’s Quartettsatz, Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 18 No. 5 and Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile (from Op. 11 String Quartet), performed by the Artisan String Quartet.
TEXAS BACH FESTIVAL WINE AND CHEESE NIGHT
• Sun 6/30/19, 5:00 pm mixer, concert begins at 5:45. $15 suggested donation
The Retreat Lone Star Room, Featuring Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 No. 5 and Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile (from Op. 11 String Quartet), performed by the Artisan String Quartet.
SCHUBERT’S “THE TROUT”
• Fri 7/5/19, 8:00 pm – Tickets $30/$25/$20 St. Helen Catholic Church, Georgetown
TEXAS BACH FESTIVAL CAMERATA
• Sat 7/6/19, 8:00 pm – Tickets $30/$25/$20 St. Helen Catholic Church, Georgetown.
J. S. BACH: ST. JOHN PASSION (BWV 245)
• Sun 7/7/19, 3:00 pm – Tickets $35/$30/$25. St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th St., Austin 78701. The iconic Bach setting of the Gospel of John Passion narrative is thrillingly presented by the fully professional
Texas Bach Festival Chorus, Orchestra and soloists, Barry Scott Williamson, conductor.
CHAMBER MUSIC OF BACH AND BEETHOVEN
• Mon 7/8/19, 8:00 pm – Tickets $30/$25/$20. St. Helen Catholic Church