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Bach Week Festival to Visit Winnetka
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Bach Week Festival
P.O. Box 1832
Evanston, IL 60204-1832
(847) 847-293-6686 (General inquiries)
(800) 800-595-4849 (Tickets) www.bachweek.org    
 
For Immediate Release
 
 
Bach Week Festival to Visit Winnetka for Feb. 26 Pre-Season Concert
 
 
'Heroic' Works for Brass, Organ, and Percussion to Be Heard at Winnetka Congregational Church
 
Fundraising Performance Will Benefit 39th Edition of a North Shore Music Tradition
 
 
EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 20, 2012 -   Performers from Evanston's venerable Bach Week Festival will visit Winnetka for a fundraising concert featuring dramatic and powerful pieces for brass quintet, organ, and percussion at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, at Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St., Winnetka, Ill.
 
Proceeds from ticket sales for the hour-long concert, "Heroic Music for Brass, Organ, and Percussion," will benefit the 39th annual edition of the Bach Week Festival, to be held April 27, May 4, and May 6 at locations in Evanston.  The festival has been a musical rite of spring on the North Shore every year since 1974.  Bach Week enlists musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and other top-tier ensembles.
 
The benefit concert in Winnetka will include works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras to the 20th century.
 
The first half will include Richard Strauss's "Feierlicher Einzug" ("Ceremonial Entry"), Giovanni Gabrieli's "Canzon duodecimi toni" from "Sacrae symphoniae," Sir Arthur Bliss's "Salute!," J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, Percy Grainger's "The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol," and Eugène Gigout's "Grand Choeur Dialogué."
 
After intermission, the audience will hear Marcel Dupré's "Poème Héroïque," Op. 33; Richard Webster's "Pastorale on a Theme of Palestrina," and Louis Vierne's "Carillon de Westminster," Op. 54, No. 6.
 
The concert will conclude with the hymn "Love divine, all loves excelling," sung by the audience with brass, organ, and timpani accompaniment.
 
The concert's conductor and organist will be Richard Webster, the Bach Week Festival's music director since 1975. He is currently music director at Boston's historic Trinity Church on Copley Square.
 
The brass quintet will comprise Kevin Hartman and Channing Philbrick, trumpets; Daniel Gingrich, horn; Jeremy Moeller, trombone; and John Schwalm, bass trombone.
 
Percussionist will be Jeff Handley.
 
Hartman performs frequently with the Lyric Opera and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. Philbrick is assistant co-principal trumpet in the Lyric Opera Orchestra and is second trumpet in the Grant Park Orchestra. Gingrich has been a member of the Chicago Symphony since 1975 and was appointed associate principal horn by maestro Daniel Barenboim. Moeller is principal trombone of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and also currently serves as assistant principal trombone for the Grant Park Orchestra.  Schwalm is bass trombonist with the Lyric Opera Orchestra and, with Moeller, is a member of the Chicago Trombone Consort.
 
Handley is principal percussionist with the Chicago Sinfonietta and Fulcrum Point New Music Project and has performed with the Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.
 
 
This concert is made possible in part by a gift from Pasi Organ Builders of Roy, Wash.
 
Ticket Information
 
Single tickets to the February 26 concert are $25.  Tickets are available online via www.bachweek.org, by calling (800) 595-4849, and by mail. The festival's general information number is (847) 293-6686.
 
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Press information contact for the Bach Week Festival:
 
Nat Silverman
 
Nathan J. Silverman Co. PR
1830 Sherman Ave., Suite 401
Evanston, IL 60201-3774
Tel:  (847) 328-4292
Fax: (847) 328-4317
Email: natsilv@aol.com
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