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Worcester - Dr. Chris Shepard bring two of his ensembles together for this program of Bach to conclude BACHFEST. Currently in his 8th season with The Worcester Chorus, and his 2nd with CONCORA, the professional choir of greater Hartford, CT, Dr. Shepard is a renowned interpreter of Bach, having focused his doctoral work on the composer's Mass in B minor.
Music Worcester, the performing arts presenter of Central MA, brings BACHFEST, a series of 5 events over 4 days to the cultural facilities of the newly designated Salisbury Cultural District in Worcester, MA. Connected by the music of J. S. Bach, these performances feature world-renowned instrumentalists (Christian Tetzlaff, Sergey Antonov, Pamela Frank, Ilya Yakushev) and acclaimed vocal ensembles (CONCORA, the professional choir of Hartford, CT, and The Worcester Chorus). While one event is sold-out, and one event is accessible through regular admission to the Worcester Art Museum, the remaining events still have tickets available, with youth tickets (18 & under) at $7.50.
The purpose of BACHFEST is to celebrate several of the many facilities, venues, and institutions in the Salisbury Cultural District while acknowledging Music Worcester's own strong association with the area through its many years of performing as a week-long festival at the nearby Worcester Memorial Auditorium.
Funding for these performances of BACHFEST comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Worcester Magazine, New England Public Radio, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and WCUW 91.3FM.
More about the Salisbury Cultural District, and Cultural Districts in Massachusetts:
In May 2015 the Massachusetts Cultural Council board of directors formally approved Worcester's Salisbury Cultural District, running from Highland St past Institute Park, and from Park Ave to Grove St. Its designation was determined by the concentration of cultural programs and facilities in its midst, its walkability, and its interest to area residents and visitors. Acknowledging the amazing influence the Salisbury family had on Central MA and its cultural institutions, this cultural district appropriately has Salisbury St running through its center. A main purpose of cultural districts throughout the state is cross-promotion and attracting visitors to frequent multiple programs and institutions.
More about Music Worcester:
Music Worcester, founded in 1858 as the Worcester County Musical Association, brings leading artists, musicians, ensembles, and performers from across the performing arts disciplines to greater Worcester's acclaimed venues. Closely associated with orchestral and choral programming at Mechanics Hall, Music Worcester also regularly presents international ballet companies, jazz and folk headliners at The Hanover Theatre, as well as recitals and chamber music at Tuckerman Hall. Recent and upcoming programs feature Joshua Bell, Patti LuPone, Gil Shaham, Béla Fleck, Moscow Festival Ballet, Dublin Irish Dance, Apollo's Fire, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Wynton Marsalis.
Full information available at WWW.MUSICWORCESTER.ORG or 508-754-3231