Whittier College 73rd Annual Johann Sebastian Bach Festival

March 1, 2010

Whittier College's 73rd Annual Johann Sebastian Bach Festival, the oldest collegiate Bach festival west of the Mississippi, will take place March 23-28 at Whittier College. This year's festival, "Bach and the Dance," highlights the music of Bach with a variety of concerts and lectures that will take place over the course of a five-day celebration.

The festival will feature Whittier College students and faculty, as well as alumnus and noted Bach scholar Raymond Erickson '63, professor of dance Linda Tomko, and Van Cliburn Piano Artist Di Wu.

All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, Whittier College, and 6760 Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90608. For additional information contact the music department at 562.907.4237 or rlitchfield@whittier.edu.


Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m.

The Chamber Music Concert, featuring College faculty and auditioned student performances, kicks off the festival and will be held at the Memorial Chapel, 13406 E. Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90608. Admission is free.

Wednesday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.

Internationally known pianist Di Wu will perform a Bach recital in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. General admission $15, seniors and students $10, and students, faculty, and staff $5.

Friday, March 26, 12 p.m.

The annual Bach Musicale will take place in the Memorial Chapel. Whittier College students will perform music by Bach and his contemporaries. Admission is free.

Saturday, March 27, 4 p.m.

Chorale Bel Canto conducted by Stephen Gothold will presentOrchestral Suite in B minor for flute and strings, Cantata 70, Wachet! Betet!, and Cantata 11, ascension oratorio. Tickets are $20 general admission, $17 seniors, $5 students.

Sunday, March 28, 2-5:30 p.m.

Lecture and Master Class: Relating Baroque Dance to the Performance of Bach's Music
Respected Bach scholar Raymond Erickson '63 and noted historian, dancer, and choreographer Linda Tomko will deliver a lecture and master class relating baroque dance to the performance of Bach's music. Admission is $10.



Raymond Erickson ‘63, editor of The Worlds of Johann Sebastian Bach(Amadeus Press, 2009), is one of the most experienced teachers of historical performance practice in the nation, having taught it since 1975. Recently retired from Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, he has given lectures and master classes on Bach interpretation in the US and Europe, including The Juilliard School, Rutgers University, the University of Washington, University of North Carolina, the Longy School of Music, and Austria's Mozarteum. He was a participant in the first American recording (Smithsonian) of the Brandenburg Concertos on period instruments and has recently been appointed to the Bard College Conservatory of Music as a performance practice specialist. He is a graduate of Whittier College and holds the Ph.D. from Yale.

Linda Tomko is a historian, dancer and choreographer in period style.She has studied Baroque dance with British specialist Wendy Hilton, and for a number of years co-directed with Hilton the Stanford University Summer Workshop in Baroque Dance and its Music.Dr. Tomko is associate professor of dance at the University of California, Riverside.She is Past President of the Society of Dance History Scholars and the editor of the Dance & Music series for Pendragon Press.

Chine-born Di Wu made her professional debut at 14 with the Beijing Philharmonic, since then she has toured widely in Asia, Europe, and the United States, where her recent orchestral engagements have included appearances with Washington's National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and twice in Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. In the spring and summer of 2009 she made her New York Alice Tully Hall recital debut as winner of Juilliard's William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award, and was awarded a Vendome Virtuosi prize at Lisbon's prestigious Vendome Competition, as well as one of the coveted prizes at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In September she made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at a gala benefit concert under Charles Dutoit.