Mystery, madmen and mayhem at 2016 Bach Festival

Collegium Cincinnati presents its fourth annual celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) in varied programs and at various venues throughout the month of October.

Events range from concertos at a “Bachtail” party at the Härth Room to a musical trivia contest at Below Zero Lounge, evening vespers in Terrace Park, and full-blown cathedral concerts. Artistic director Christopher Eanes has put together a multi-faceted look at the great master through his music and that of other composers of the time: Handel, Biber, Sweelinck, Albinoni, Telemann and Graupner. (If you don’t know anything about Christoph Graupner, a Bach rival, here’s your chance.)

Collegium Cincinnati consists of a professional choir and orchestra, made up of top freelancers from the region. They produce a year-long series of concerts, with this month-long emphasis on Mr. Bach. The festival shifted last year from March to October.

Utilizing musical partners – Christ Church Cathedral, the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Musica Sacra and Young Professional’s Choral Collective – Eanes has tapped into a broad tapestry of the choral fabric in Cincinnati.

See list of Music/Collegium Cincinnati concerts in the Movers & Makers Arts/Culture Calendar: Music.

As for the mystery, madmen and mayhem, you’ll have to visit the Collegium website to learn more.

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