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Founded in 1974 by Karel Paukert and directed by Richard R. Webster every May since, the Bach Week Festival in Evanston, Illinois combines the Bach Week Festival Chorus with professional instrumentalists from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, and Northwestern University. The music of Bach predominates, but works by other Baroque composers have been added selectively, particularly works by worthy but lesser-known composers not widely performed elsewhere. One critic called the Bach Week Festival "the most comprehensive celebration of J. S.'s music west of Leipzig."
The 2014 Bach Week Festival will take place at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.
2013-2014 season Bach Week Festival events will take place on: 4/25/2014, 4/25/2014, 5/2/2014, 5/4/2014.
Photos of the Bach Week Festival here.
Location: Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.
For more info: call 847-293-6686; write Bach Week Festival, P.O. Box 1832, Evanston, IL 60204-1832; e-mail info @ bachweek.org; visit this site.
Evelyn Dunbar Memorial Early Music Festival
The Evelyn Dunbar Memorial Early Music Festival is celebrated (typically every spring) at the Northwestern University School of Music.
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
For more info: e-mail j-schwartz @ nwu.edu or swa440 @ northwestern.edu.
The Handel Week Festival is an annual multi-week festival to celebrate the music of George Frideric Handel. The Festival is typically held in February of each year at Grace Episcopal Church, in Oak Park, Illinois. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Dennis E. Northway and Charles Chauncey Wells, Handel Week is patterned after the highly sucessful Bach Week Festival.
Handel Week 2015 events on: 2/15/2015, 2/21/2015, 3/1/2015.
Location: Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois.
For more info: Call 708-383-4231; e-mail info @ handelweek.com; or visit this site.
The Madison Early Music Festival brings world-renowned ensembles and artist/teachers together for a week of workshop classes and a multi-concert series.
MEMF 2015 is titled "Slavic Discoveries: Early Music from Eastern Europe",
The 2015 Madison Early Music Festival runs July 11-18, 2015. MEMF concerts will be performed on 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/16/2015, 7/17/2015, 7/17/2015, 7/18/2015. 7/18/2015.
Location: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
For more info: call 608-263-2790; e-mail Sarah Marty, smarty @ dcs.wisc.edu; visit this site.
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The Peoria Bach Festival is organized and offered as gift to the city of Peoria and Central Illinois during the first weekend of June every year by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Peoria. Since its founding in 2003 by Trinity's Cantor Martin Dicke and Dr. John Jost, Director of Choral activities at Bradley University, the Peoria Bach Festival has quickly grown from a local arts event into a significant regional festival. It seeks to not only showcase Peoria's own musicians, but also to attract national and international talent.
Location: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 135 NE Randolph Avenue, Peoria, Illinois.
For more info: write Peoria Bach Festival, c/o Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 135 NE Randolph Avenue, Peoria, IL 61606-1920; call 309-676-4609; e-mail peoriabachfestival @ trinitypeoria.com; or visit this site.