July 9th through 16th, 2017
Grace once again welcomes Bach lovers to its historic church. The Washington Post noted that “…set quietly back from Wisconsin Avenue and a hairbreadth from the Potomac…the church offers one of Washington’s supreme concert series, its annual Bach Festival.” The festival was created in 1993 as a way to share, through a series of innovative and integrated programs, the incomparable music of J.S. Bach as well as compositions by his contemporaries and those he influenced. The acoustics of Grace Church are well suited to chamber ensembles, and the A. David Moore Organ (1981) is a fine partner for performances of the music of Bach and his contemporaries. Organist/choirmaster Francine Maté has directed the festival since 2000.
The 2017 Grace Church Bach Festival begins on Sunday, July 9th at 3 p.m. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 82a, Ich Habe Genug, will be a featured work on this program. Soo Young Chrisfield will be singing the soprano version of this beautiful cantata. Other works on the program include two Mozart Epistle Sonatas and a work by P.D.Q. Bach. Instrumentalists include Irvin Peterson, Flute; Regino Madrid, Violin; Foster Wang, Violin; Charlie Powers, Cello, and Francine Maté, Organ.
On Monday, July 10th at 7:30 p.m., the Madrid Quartet will perform selections from J.S. Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge and fugues by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Piazzolla. The phenomenal number of composers who have employed fugal writing in their compositional style illustrates the extraordinary influence J.S. Bach’s fugal writing had on composers in the years following him. Members of The Madrid Quartet are Regino Madrid, Violin; Foster Wang, Violin; Sarah Hart, Viola; and Charlie Powers, Cello.
On Wednesday, July 12th at 7:30 p.m., organist Ronald Stolk will present a solo organ recital of works by J.S. Bach, and conclude with an improvisation on a submitted theme. Professor Stolk is an internationally renowned improvisationalist, and has been the recipient of awards in numerous improvisation competitions.
Piotr Pakhomkin, Guitar, and Yuri Liberzon, Guitar, will perform works of J.S. Bach on Friday, July 14th at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Pakhomkin and Mr. Liberzon have performed at Grace Church on many occasions, and the small, intimate setting of Grace Church provides a unique venue for the works of J.S. Bach performed on acoustic guitar.
The festival concludes on Sunday, July 16th at 1:30 p.m. with selections from J.S. Bach’s Clavier-Übung III performed by Grace Church member Larry Molinaro, assisted by Joseph Regan, tenor, who will be singing the chorale melodies on which the organ pieces are based.
$25 per person per concert, students $10 per person per concert with valid ID
– There is 2 hour free parking for 2 of the 5 concerts: Monday, July 10th and Wednesday July 12th. Use the Cinema Garage on K St just East of Wisconsin Ave; get an exit ticket at the concert and use it with your entrance ticket at the Pay Station as you get off the elevator, before you go to your car.
Remember: 2 hours only, Monday and Wednesday only, at the Cinema Garage
– The South Street lot behind the church is available for $10 for Sundays and evenings, but fills up quickly.
– The Colonial Garage at Waterfront Center, on the north side of K / Water St. just west of Wisconsin, is available for $11 for Sundays and evenings.