WFMT Presents a Eleven-Concert Series: THE BACH KEYBOARD FESTIVAL

By Julia Maish |

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Inspired by the success of last season’s Bach Organ Project, WFMT presents The Bach Keyboard Festival — all of Bach’s keyboard music in eleven live concert events from September 18 through November 1. Featured are more than 70 pianists and harpsichordists from Chicago and beyond, including Jory Vinikour, Lara Downes, David Schrader, Winston Choi, Stephen Alltop, Adam Neiman, Ariella Mak-Neiman, Anthony Molinaro, Philippe LeRoy, Carol lie Breckenridge, Jason Moy, Sylvia Wang, Kyomi Sugimura, and performers from the keyboard programs of DePaul, Northwestern, and Roosevelt Universities, and Wheaton College.

Those wishing to attend can purchase a transferrable subscription to the entire series or opt for individual concerts.  Dates, times, and Chicago area venues are listed below:

Concert 1
Friday, September 18
7:30 pm (Mini-Recital 7:00 pm)
Logan Center for the Performing Arts
The University of Chicago
915 E. 60th Street, Chicago
Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord
Concert 6
Sunday, October 11
3:00 pm (Mini-Recital 2:00 – 2:45 pm)
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, Northwestern University
60 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Northwestern University Keyboard Program
Concert 2
Saturday, September 26
7:30 pm (Mini-Recital 7:10 pm)
Nichols Concert Hall • Music Institute of Chicago
1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Winston Choi, Piano
David Schrader, Harpsichord & Clavichord
Concert 7
Friday, October 16
7:30 pm (Mini-Recital 7:10 pm)
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street, Chicago
Lara Downes, Piano
Concert 3
Saturday, October 3
10:00 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Winnetka Congregational Church
725 Pine Street, Winnetka
Winston Choi and Anthony Molinaro, Piano
Stephen Alltop, Harpsichord
Concert 8
Sunday, October 18
3:00 pm (Mini-Recital 2:30 pm)
Ganz Recital Hall
Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Roosevelt University Keyboard Program
Concert 4
Sunday, October 4
2:30 PM (Mini-Recital 2:10 pm)
St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church
1424 N. Dearborn Parkway, Chicago
Stephen Alltop, Harpsichord & Organ
Philippe LeRoy and Jason Moy, Harpsichord
Carol lei Breckenridge, Fortepiano
Concert 9
Saturday, October 24
8:00 pm (Mini-Recital 7:20 pm)
DePaul Concert Hall
DePaul University
804 W. Belden Avenue, Chicago
DePaul University Keyboard Faculty & Students
Concert 5
Friday, October 9
7:30 pm (Mini-Recital 7:10 pm)
Alice Millar Chapel
1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston
Adam Neiman, Ariella Mak-Neiman, and
Concert 10
Sunday, October 25
3:00 pm (Mini-Recital 2:00 – 2:45 pm)
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, Northwestern University
60 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Northwestern University Keyboard Program
Concert 11
Sunday, November 1
3:00 pm (Mini-Recital 2:40 pm)
Edman Chapel, Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue
Wheaton College Conservatory Keyboard Program
Anthony Molinaro, Piano

“We were so delighted with the popularity of last year’s Bach Organ Project that we were eager to do it again, expanding beyond organ to other keyboard instruments,” said Steve Robinson, General Manager of WFMT. “We are again grateful to Stephen Alltop for helping us to make this concert series covering all of Bach’s works for keyboard a reality for classical music fans throughout the Chicago area.”

The cost for the entire series is $200. Series registrations are transferrable, and no tickets will be issued; names will be placed on a list at the door.  Individual concert registrations are also available at $25 each and $15 for students (except for the Saturday, October 3 extended concert, which includes lunch). Please contact Judy Mangialardi at (773) 279-2120 or [email protected] for further information. Please note that tickets will not be issued for these events; names will be placed on a registration list at the door.

About WFMT
WFMT is one of the nation’s most respected classical music radio stations, reaching an audience of 240,000 monthly local listeners and an ever-increasing international audience at WFMT showcases superlative programs, concerts, and live events you cannot hear anywhere else – broadcasts from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and many more. The WFMT Radio Network is a leading producer and syndicator of a diverse selection of outstanding musical series, including Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, the Beethoven Network, and the Jazz Network.  Connect with WFMT on Facebook and Twitter.