This notice is for the May 16th concert. I'll create another event for the Friday, May 21 concert. Go to their web page here: https://bachweek.org/2021-festival for the actual link to the stream and the link to donate, if you so choose. The streams are free.

I used to attend these decades ago when I was in the Chicago area. At that time, they were held at St. Luke's in Evanston where Richard Webster was music director and organist. St. Luke's has an intact, original E. M. Skinner,4 manual, opus 327 installed in 1922. It was thoroughly restored in the 1990's. Unfortunately, that instrument will not be heard in these concerts.

HOWEVER, the Bach Week Festival venue moved from St. Luke's to the Music Institute of Chicago (also located in Evanston). The building was the former First Church of Christ, Scientist church and it's former sanctuary is now the school's Nichols Concert Hall. The hall contains an intact, original E. M. Skinner, 3 manual, opus 208 installed in 1914. It was also completely restore. This organ will be heard at the Friday concert. Can an original Skinner do Bach? Absolutely!! Webster will open with Toccata in F Major, BWV 540

The organ for the Sunday concert is at Boston's Trinity Church, where Webster is currently music director and organist. I'm not familiar with the organs there nor which (or both) will be used for the concert.

George

Bach Week Festival 2021
Sunday, May 16 | prerecorded, streamed at 3:00pm Central Time Zone
Friday, May 21 | livestreamed from Nichols Concert Hall at 7:30pm Central Time Zone
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May 16, 3:00 pm

BACH CHORALES AND ORGAN CHORALE PRELUDES
Sunday, May 16 » 3:00 pm
Prerecorded | streamed online

Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 370
Chorale Prelude, BWV 667 -
Colin Lynch, organ
Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV (unknown)
Chorale Prelude, BWV 617 -
Richard Webster, organ
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140
Chorale Prelude, BWV 645 -
Colin Lynch, organ
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 280
Chorale Prelude, BWV 684 -
Richard Webster, organ
Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 177
Chorale Prelude, BWV 639 -
Colin Lynch, organ
Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 415
Chorale Prelude, BWV 735 -
Richard Webster, organ

North Park University Chamber Singers
Bach Week Festival Chorus
Julia Davids, conductor

Colin Lynch and Richard Webster, organists
Organ of Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston





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May 21, 7:30pm

VIBRANT VIOLAS, ORGAN, AND HARPSICHORD
Friday, May 21 » 7:30 pm
Livestreamed from Nichols Concert Hall

J.S. Bach: Toccata in F Major, BWV 540
G.P. Telemann: Concerto in G Major for Viola and Orchestra, TWV51:G9*
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra in D Minor, BWV 1052
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051


Matthew Lipman, viola*
Beatrice Chen, viola
David Schrader, harpsichord
Richard Webster, organ
Bach Week Festival Orchestra