by Bob Keyes
In its second year, the Portland Bach Festival this June will add an educational institute for a select group of young musicians and a concert in downtown Portland at Etz Chaim Synagogue, home of the Maine Jewish Museum.
The expansion was inspired in part by a trip to Suzhou, China, last fall by founder Lewis Kaplan and a half-dozen of the festival faculty, who worked to establish the festival’s presence in a music-rich country and to recruit students.
The festival, which will run June 18-25 with concerts in Portland and Falmouth, will be preceded by the Bach Virtuosi Institute. The institute will bring 10 young musicians from the United States and elsewhere to Portland to study with festival performers, beginning June 14. The student musicians also will perform at festival concerts.
It’s important for the festival “to be global and maybe even more so today, given the world situation and all the turmoil,” Kaplan said. [Read more…] about Portland Bach Festival adding educational component