The Peoria Bach Festival 2014 is scheduled for June 2-8. Among the guest artists will be conductor, harpsichordist, and organist Stephen Alltop and Baroque specialist Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano, both from Chicago. Stephen and Josefien will present a recital of Baroque chamber music on Thursday, June 5. Stephen will then present an organ concert for the Bach at Noon concert on Friday, June 6 and then that evening conduct the 2014 Coffee Concert. The Coffee Concert this year will feature music that Bach himself most likely conducted at the Zimmerman Coffee House in Leipzig as he led the Bachische Collegium, namely the Orchestral Suite No 1 in C, the Harpsichord Concerto in A Major featuring Stephen Alltop at the harpsichord, Telemann's Wassermusik, and Bach's only Italian cantata "Non sa che sia dolore" featuring Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano.
The Festival Concert on Saturday, June 7 will feature Martin Dicke conducting the Peoria Bach Festival Choir motet "Komm, Jesu Komm" ("Come, Jesus Come") and John Jost conducting the Peoria Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra in the Pentecost cantata "O ewiges Feuer" ("O Eternal Fire"). This cantata will also be performed as a part of the Festival Worship Services on Sunday, June 8.
In 2012 for our 10th Anniversary, we celebrated Christmas by performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio thereby completing a project that we began several years ago of recording in video Bach's oratorios on the major events in the life of Jesus (in 2010 we performed the St. Matthew Passion and in 2011 we performed the Easter Oratorio). DVDs of these performances with English subtitles are now available by contacting us. Audio recordings of most of our past concerts are also available.
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