by Bob Keyes
Lewis Kaplan won’t predict how the Portland Bach Festival will evolve a few years from now or even next year. He’s concerned only about the inaugural festival, which begins Sunday and continues through June 24 with performances in Portland and Falmouth. The festival celebrates one of classical music’s most beloved composers with a focus on his music and legacy.
Kaplan, founding director of the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, launched the Bach festival to satisfy a long-held love of Bach and a desire to bring more classical music performances to Portland in the summer.
He’s put together a lineup of exceptional musicians and programming that includes secular and sacred music performed in cathedrals and chapels and outdoors at Ocean Gateway – with a menu that includes a batch of “Double Bach” beer by Baxter Brewing Co.
There are six concerts in six days, and the primary venues are the Episcopal Church of St. Mary in Falmouth – home of the St. Mary Schola vocal group that will participate in the festival – and St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, both endowed with excellent acoustics. [Read more…] about Bach Festival Ready to Launch in Portland