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For classical music buffs in Evanston, the blooming flowers and budding leaves of spring can only mean one thing: Bach Week!

Every May since 1974, musicians from the Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera Orchestra get together with other professional players to perform the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. It's a fitting time to put on the works of this early 18th century composer – best known for his dramatic Brandenburg Concertos – pairing the unfurling of nature's organic curlicues with the florid style of this Baroque musician.

Since 1982, Bach Week has also included works from Bach's contemporaries and other baroque composers. In 2000, a festival chorus was added to the schedule, made up of auditioned singers from the greater Chicago area.

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Let Bach Week Music Director Richard Webster be your guide in a voyage to the world of this moving composer who laid the groundwork for Mozart and Beethoven.


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Music Director Richard R. Webster conducts the Bach Week Festival orchestra

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Soprano Elizabeth Norman sings as Fareed Haque accompanies her on guitar


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