by Philip Trapp
The historic town of Portland, Maine, will be celebrating classical music this summer during its premiere Portland Bach Festival.
The festival, which runs June 19-24, will host multiple performances of various Bach cantatas, concertos and sonatas.
Lewis Kaplan, festival co-founder and artistic director, is senior professor of violin and chamber music at the Juilliard School in New York. The conductor and teacher previously headed artistic leadership for the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and wished to bring a top-level classical music celebration to Portland.
The work of revered German composer Bach serves as a fitting focus for the festivites. According to the festival’s website, Bach’s world-renowned compositions are amongst the most acclaimed of classical music worldwide:
“Musicians tend to agree: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is the greatest composer of all time. The complexity of his compositions, his prolific output (approximately 1,128 works), the range of emotions in his music, and his impact on future composers are unparalleled. His music is studied by students around the globe and celebrated by the best ensembles internationally.” [Read more…] about Portland Bach Festival Celebrates Classical Music in Maine This Summer