CITY OF WINTER PARK ARTS & CULTURE PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: June 3, 2009 Announcing our 2009–2010 Season! - Celebrating the Power of Music WINTER PARK – Get ready for a season 75 years in the making! Let the Bach Festival Society take you on a journey inspired by the greatest music talents of all time. Choral Masterworks Series Knowles Memorial Chapel—Ticket prices range from $20 to $50 Brought to life by the nationally acclaimed Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra Mendelssohn’s Elijah Saturday, October 24 at 7:30pm Sunday, October 25 at 3:00pm In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth, the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra with guest soloists perform Elijah, a dramatic retelling of the story of the Old Testament prophet Elijah packed with action and adventure. Get caught up in the story of the people of Israel as Elijah performs miracles, invokes righteousness, and struggles against idol worship. A Classic Christmas Saturday, December 12 at 7:30pm Sunday, December 13 at 2:00pm CITY OF WINTER PARK An essential holiday experience, this year’s Christmas program brings back traditional favorites and adds a few new arrangements. The highlight will be conductor John Sinclair’s merry singalong with the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. Masters Go to the Movies Saturday, April 24 at 7:30pm Sunday, April 25 at 3:00pm Movies are the soundtrack of our lives. Be transported to another time and place with choral and orchestral works from favorite movies including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and more. Visiting Artists Series Tiedtke Concert Hall—Tickets are $30 or $40 World renowned solo artists and chamber ensembles American Chamber Players Sunday, October 4 at 3:00pm Led by Miles Hoffman, Music Commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition, this chamber ensemble of flute, violin, viola, soprano, and piano will delight you with its “luxurious sound, … impressive precision, and unity of purpose.”—The New York Times Stradivari Quartet Friday, November 6 at 8:00pm All performing on Stradivari instruments and called a quartet of “impressively refined sound” (The New York Times), the Stradivari Quartet approaches each performance as an opportunity to tell a story about the composers, the works, the instruments, and the players as a connected whole. CITY OF WINTER PARK Horacio Guitérrez Sunday, March 28 at 3:00pm This Cuban-born American pianist is consistently praised for the poetic insight and technical mastery he brings to a diverse repertoire. Be inspired by his artistry and sensitivity as you experience the power of the piano. Red Priest Friday, April 9 at 8:00pm Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones, and the Cirque du Soleil. This group presents Baroque music through dramas that are truly thrilling. Come be inspired by a performance like no other. Fred Rogers Family Series Tiedtke Concert Hall—Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Students Introduce your family to the arts as you share the treasure of music. These programs are specially designed for children and families. Come and experience an informal, hour-long performance filled with fun and wonder. American Chamber Players Saturday, October 4 at 11:00am Led by Miles Hoffman, musical commentator, author, and educator, this program will enlighten all ages. Stradivari Quartet Saturday, November 7 at 11:00am CITY OF WINTER PARK Listen and learn about beautiful music, outrageous composers, and rare instruments! Red Priest Saturday, April 10 at 11:00am Red Priest will engage audiences of all ages with a feast for the eyes and ears. 75th Annual Bach Festival Knowles Memorial Chapel—Tickets range from $20 to $50 Anniversary Mass Saturday, February 20 at 7:30pm Sunday, February 21 at 3:00pm This unique program features a “compiled” Mass, with each movement representing a different time in the history of the Festival. From Haydn’s Creation to Bach’s Magnificat, these masterworks have been the Society’s inspiration for 75 years. Mendelssohn and Mozart Saturday, February 27 at 7:30pm This program opens with music by Felix Mendelssohn, called “an heir of Mozart.” Then, we experience the mystery and the splendor of Mozart’s Requiem—the last piece of music ever written by Mozart. Witness the intrigue and passion of two of the greatest musical talents in our history. Bach’s Mass in B minor Sunday, February 28 at 3:00pm CITY OF WINTER PARK A soul-stirring performance brings to life the piece that is widely considered Bach’s greatest masterwork, the Mass in B minor. The Bach Festival Society celebrates its namesake with the performance of this massive warhorse of choral music. James David Christie, Organ Recital Sunday, March 7 at 3:00pm Praised by many as the finest living Bach organist, James David Christie presents a program of traditional organ music in honor of our 75th Annual Festival. About the Bach Festival Society The Bach Festival Society, located in Winter Park, Florida, is one of the longest continuously operating Bach Festivals in the country and among America’s great oratorio societies. The Bach Festival Society brings the highest caliber of classical music to Central Florida. Performances are held in the intimate settings of Tiedtke Concert Hall and Knowles Memorial Chapel on the beautiful campus of Rollins College. For more information regarding the upcoming season or to order tickets, please call the Bach Festival Society at 407.646.2182 or visit us online at www.bachfestivalflorida.org.