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2020 Festival Pass - Early Bird

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The Festival Pass is the best way to enjoy all the Toronto Bach Festival has to offer at a significant saving.

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A Festival pass gives you access to the full Toronto Bach Festival: 4 concerts, pre-concert chats, and the annual Bach lecture.

Extended deadline. Purchase your pass before March 31st for early bird pricing.

An important note:

The Toronto Bach Festival is closely monitoring the situation around the COVID 19 outbreak, and are taking our lead from Toronto Public Health.  

Based on the information currently available, the Festival will proceed as planned.

We put the utmost importance on the health and safety of our patrons and performers.  We recognize that the situation is fluid and changing day-to-day.  Please check back frequently for status updates.

2020 FESTIVAL LINE-UP

Air on the G String - Friday, May 29

Organ Recital - Saturday, May 30

Solo Bach - Saturday, May 30

Lecture - Bach's Mass in B Minor - Sunday, May 31

Mass in B Minor - Sunday, May 31

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FRIDAY, MAY 29

Opening night of the Toronto Bach Festival brings together four powerhouse baroque vocalists and orchestra in a 5th anniversary celebration of Bach’s orchestral and choral works.

The program features one of Bach’s most immediately recognizable orchestral pieces, Air on the G String, alongside lively and resonant works that draw on the vast power of creation and the drama of earthly existence.

  • Ellen McAteer, soprano
  • Nicholas Burns, alto
  • Charles Daniels, tenor
  • Joel Allison, bass
  • John Abberger, oboe
  • Julia Wedman, orchestra leader
  • Toronto Bach Festival Orchestra

Pre-concert chat at 7:00 pm, concert at 8:00 pm at St. Barnabas-on-the-Danforth Church

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SATURDAY, MAY 30

Award-winning English keyboardist John Butt takes control of the 1983 Karl Wilhelm organ. It’s fitting that Mr. Butt makes his Toronto Bach Festival debut at the first Presbyterian church in Canada to introduce organ music!

Author of several books on the music of J.S. Bach, Mr. Butt holds the Gardiner Chair of Music at the University of Glasgow. He is travelling to Canada exclusively for this appearance with the Toronto Bach Festival, and his collaboration with our musicians will be an unforgettable highlight of this year’s festival.

2:00 pm at St. Andrew's Church

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SATURDAY, MAY 30

Three of Toronto’s best period violinists take on Bach’s amazing and challenging Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, on the 300th anniversary of their composition. Tafelmusik Music Director Elisa Citterio, Festival regular Julia Wedman and fellow Tafelmusik violinist Patricia Ahern take us on a musical journey from profound darkness to brilliant luminescence. Presented in two parts on a single ticket, this is Baroque violin at its very best!

"Not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. It's a spiritually powerful piece, emotionally powerful, structurally perfect."—Joshua Bell (referring to the Chaconne from the Partita No. 2)

  • Julia Wedman, Elisa Citterio, Patricia Ahern violin

Presented in 2 parts at Eastminster United Church

Pre-concert at at 4:30 pm; Part 1 at 5:30 pm, Part 2 at 9:00 pm

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SUNDAY, MAY 31

A monumental achievement in classical music, this sacred work of immense proportion and profound emotion is one of J.S. Bach’s final compositions, and ranks among his greatest. Directed by renowned conductor and Bach scholar John Butt, this iconic work is presented as it was in the composer’s time with an intimate ensemble, to bring you a performance of the utmost clarity and brilliance.

The most ambitious project presented by the Toronto Bach Festival to date, the Mass in B Minor is a powerfully transcendent celebration of the human spirit.

  • Hélène Brunet soprano
  • Ellen McAteer soprano
  • Daniel Taylor alto
  • Charles Daniels tenor
  • Joel Allison bass
  • The Toronto Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra

4:00 pm at Eastminster United Church

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SUNDAY, MAY 31

Prominent scholar John Butt will explore what many consider to be Bach’s greatest work, from its inception, through the historical context, and on to the enduring admiration of musicians and audiences over the last 270 years.

This is a free, public event. No tickets are required.

1:00 pm at Eastminster United Church

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