Live Arts Maryland’s Bach+ series explores the infinite creativity and joy that is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Now in its fourth year, Bach+ offers much more than performances of Bach’s music within a beautiful environment (even though we are privileged to perform in historic St. Anne’s Church). Bach+ is about communication—exploring the musical dialogue among Bach and those who came before him as well as those who were influenced by his music. Bach+ is also about collaboration—between performer and audience as well as among performers working in variety of genres. Our series takes its inspiration from the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the latest in Bach research. But Bach+ is not an early music series. While you will find "historically informed performances" (HIP) within each Bach+ season, you'll also experience works that span a number of centuries, including twenty-first century compositions and jazz improvisation.
This year, Bach+ is celebrating both the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation and the 325th anniversary of St. Anne’s Parish with a “musical offering” of Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterworks and some important changes to its line-up of programs. With the 2017-2018 season, Bach+ is expanding to four distinct series, each with its own focus and style — perfect for Bach afficionados whatever their passion. The four series are designed to carefully curate Bach’s music in ways that invite your participation and further exploration of four “portraits” of Bach: director of church music in Leipzig; director of the instrumental Collegium Musicum; organ virtuoso; and, perhaps most important, the “Learned Musician” who was a tireless student of his art. Each series offers world-class performances of the music of J.S. Bach in the perfect intimate setting of St. Anne’s.
You can read more about all of this wonderful music here and throughout this site. Come for all programs or come for a few; for us, it is most important that you join in whenever you are able to listen, study and reflect on the music of this “learned musician.” In our view, the New Yorker’s Alex Ross put it best when he wrote, “Bach became an absolute master of his art by never ceasing to be a student of it.”
- J. Ernest Green and Larry Molinaro, co-directors, Bach+