The Lexington “Bach and Friends Festival” is proud to announce an expanded Festival Program for 2008, with four exciting performances which will showcase a broad and varied repertoire; including a distinguished Choral ensemble, Chamber music, Soloists, and the Festival Orchestra. All performances are scheduled for September 11-14, in St. Denis Catholic Church, in the charming Village of Lexington, Michigan.
The opening concert, scheduled for Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 pm, will feature pianist Thomas Brown, always popular with Lexington audiences, returning once again to perform a recital of diverse and profound literature for the piano. He will be joined in this performance by clarinetist Sandra Jackson.
Friday’s concert will bring to Lexington, for the first time, the Rackham Symphony Chorus, conducted by its music director, Suzanne Mallare Acton. Maestra Acton is well known to Michigan Audiences where she has also served as conductor and chorus master for Michigan Opera Theatre. The Rackham Chorus has been a standard bearer for choral music in the Detroit area since its founding in 1949. This concert is scheduled for Friday, September 12th at 7:00 pm.
Saturday and Sunday September 13 and 14, will showcase the Festival Orchestra and Soloists, conducted by Don Th. Jaeger, the founding conductor and artistic director of the Lexington Bach Festival. Maestro Jaeger has selected repertoire for these two concerts which will demonstrate the skill and high degree of professionalism demonstrated by all of the festival orchestra musicians and soloists.
On Saturday at 7:00 pm, the concert will open with the delightful “Sinfonia in B Flat” by J.C. Bach, one of the son’s of J.S. Bach. A Mozart Divertimento follows with a youthful string quartet from Cleveland, Ohio, who are all principal players in the Festival Orchestra. Soloists Sandra Jackson, clarinet; William Campbell, trumpet; and David Jackson, trombone, will be presented in a composition by Viennese-American composer Robert Starer. George Gershwin will be represented in a performance of the Jascha Heifetz Transcriptions for Violin from “Porgy and Bess”, and the concert will conclude with a true showcase piece for the Festival Orchestra, The Suite from “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” of Richard Strauss.
Sunday’s concert, scheduled for 4:00 pm, will showcase a charming Symphony by the youthful Spanish composer, Juan Arriaga (The Spanish Mozart), the “Brandenburg Concerto # 6” of Johann Sebastian Bach, A virtuosi “Tarantella” by French composer, Camille Saint-Saens, featuring flutist Carl Ellenberger, clarinetist Sandra Jackson, and the Festival Orchestra.
Concluding Sunday’s concert - a Finale to be remembered - will be a performance of the “Concerto in D minor for Violin and Piano” by Felix Mendelssohn. A youthful work of this prolific composer, it will feature soloists, Caroline Goulding, violin; and Anton Nel, piano. Miss Goulding’s past festival performance, all played to standing ovations, are well remembered. And pianist Anton Nel, enjoys an international career. Together they will perform this exciting and technically demanding work with conductor Don Th. Jaeger and the Festival Orchestra.
Concert Notes will be given by Linnette Popoff-Parks 1 hour preceding both the Saturday and Sunday performances - at 6:00 pm and 3 pm respectively.
All concerts will be held in St. Denis Catholic Church in Lexington. For tickets please call “Weekends” at 810-359-3388.