The blistering rain and wind didn’t keep Bach fans away from Bell’s last Thursday afternoon. This year celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society.
Founded in 1947 by Kalamazoo College Professor of Music Henry Overly, the festival has become a yearlong event. Throughout the year there are different activities such as “Bach-to-School,” a holiday concert and different fundraising events like the one Bell’s hosted.
This year the event featured a wide variety of musicians including The Corn Fed Girls, Carl Witt, Katelin Spencer, The Brass Rail Quintet, an alphorn ensemble, Stulberg’s Bach award winner, Zachary Brandon and small chorus ensembles to name a few. There was also a silent auction. The proceeds from the ticket sales and auction went the Society.
Most Bach Festival Society events provide an option for discounted students tickets. Classical Music enthusiast and Kalamazoo College band member Neeha Mian K’13 said she appreciates that the Kalamazoo community offers the Bach festival for people.
“It’s great that it is relatively accessible to the public and to individuals,” Mian said.
This year’s Bach Festival begins Friday, May 5, 2017, and goes through Sunday, May 14. Along with events and concerts throughout the community, Kalamazoo College will host several events on campus. The first campus event is Bach Rocks, featuring the Red Sea Pedestrians on Saturday, May 6. Tickets are $5 for students and $12 for adults.
If Bach Festival Week in May is too far away there is also a Bachfest Christmas concert on Dec. 4 at Kalamazoo College’s Stetson Chapel.