Bach Festival

The Department of Music at Whittier College hosts its annual Bach Festival to support its educational mission and to enhance the musical experiences of our students and the Southern California community.

Each spring, we bring a special emphasis to our Bach Festival. Past foci have included women who affected Bach’s musical compositions and the influence of his music in Latin America. In 2015 our focus will be "The Bach Family."

Please join us for a week filled with the music of J.S. Bach. All concerts are presented in Memorial Chapel. ​For more information, please call 562.907.4237.

78th Annual Whittier College Bach Festival

Bach Musicale

Friday, March 27, 2015
​Noon @ Memorial Chapel
Event is free and open to the public.

Student and faculty performances of music by Bach and his contemporaries.


Chamber Music Concert

Friday, March 27, 2015
8 p.m. @ Memorial Chapel
$20 general admission. $15 for seniors. $5 for students.
Free to Whittier students, faculty, and staff.

Horizon Chamber Players &  Soloists, Christian Campos, Musical Director

Soloists: David Muller, bassoon, David Castillo, baritone, Danilo Lozano,  flute        

Johann Christian Bach, Bassoon Concerto in E-flat (C82288/4)

Johann Sebastian Bach, "Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen" from Ich habe genug (BWV 82)

Georg Philipp Telemann, Suite in a minor for flute*, strings, and continuo  (TWV 55:a2)


Choral Concert – Chorale Bel Canto "Music of the Bach Family"

Saturday, March 28, 2015
4 p.m. and 7 p.m. @ First Friends Church
$25 general admission. $10 for seniors. $10 students, $5 student rush at the door.
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Chorale Bel Canto and Chamber Ensemble

Stephen Gothold, Director

Heinrich Bach (1615-1692) Ich danke dir, Gott

Johann Bach (1604-1673), Sei nun wieder zufrieden

Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703) Es Erhub sich ein Streit

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Motet: Lobet Den Herrn and Motet: Singet dem Herrn


Lecture - Ray Erickson - "The Musical Bach Family"

Saturday, March 27 7 p.m., Location Memorial Chapel, Free admission


Bach Festival Concert - Trio á Due Flauti

Saturday, March 28, 2015
8 p.m., Memorial Chapel
$10 general admission. $5 for seniors and students.
Free to Whittier students, faculty, and staff.

Patricia Lawson, Asuncion Ojeda, Baroque flutes, Don Simons, harpsichord

Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764), Sonata Prima, from VI Sonate a 3 (1736)

Jean Marie Leclair (1607-1764), Deuxieme Récréation de Musique (1737)

Georg Muffat (1653-1704), Passacaglia in g minor, from Apparatus musico-organisticus (1690)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Triosonate für zwei Floten and Continuo, G-dur, BWV 1039


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