The North Carolina Bach Festival Inc.
The North Carolina Bach Festival has a long and rich history. Founded in 1979 by Dr. Stephen Shearon, the first festival director for the first nine years of its existence (now a professor of musicology at Middle Tennessee State University) and by the late Geraldine Cate, a longtime voice instructor in Raleigh. It started with a large-scale production of the St. John Passion by the North Carolina Master Chorale (then called the Raleigh Oratorio Society) in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Since then, it was kept alive by love and dedication of its founders and dedicated board members. With the appointment of its new Artistic Director Dr. Roman Placzek in Spring 2016 the festival is moving into its new era.
The festival program is expanded from one to four main concerts featuring distinguished artists of the highest professional level. The featured artists festival concerts and the Annual Youth Concert take place at the beautiful space of White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. The final concert of the festival will be offered to audiences in Greensboro and Charlotte where the Festival concerts are hosted by Steinway Piano Galleries. The Youth Concert participants have a chance to try for two special awards. These awards will give them a unique opportunity to display their art and their love for music of Johan Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries as opening numbers of the main festival concerts, or as a part of SPG-Spotlight! recital series designed by Steinway Piano Gallery in Charlotte to promote young talented performing artists.
We are working tirelessly on improving the festival offerings, building up our board of directors, expanding the youth program, promoting our mission, and advocating sharing and harmony through greatness of music and excellent musical performances. And we hope that we will find our way to your hearts and you will find a path to our concerts.
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