Bach says Bonjour Concert

Event created by Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival

This year’s concert by the faculty of the Virginia Baroque Academy will center on the music of J.S. Bach and his neighbors from across the Rhine
in France. Through their concert they will be paying tribute to the delightful “Frenchness” in Bach’s music and also from composers who influenced him. This concert will showcase a variety of incredible music from a variety of outstanding composers. For more information on this event, check here. To purchase tickets for the event, click here.


This event is a part of a larger, week long event held primarily at EMU. Throughout the week there are a variety of events hosted in honor of Bach and his incredible work. The week long event includes a variety of concerts, each with its own unique style and music choice.

Festival Concert 1: Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. This opening concert features Artistic Director Kenneth Nafziger leading the Festival Orchestra and soloists in works by Bach and Haydn. Soloists from within the orchestra will be accompanied by recorder player Sian Ricketts, trumpeter Phillip Chase Hawkins, and pianist David Berry.

Festival Concert 2: Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. This concert has a decidedly French flair, featuring works by Berlioz, Milhaud, and Gottschalk. Tenor Kenneth Gayle will be featured in Les nuits d’été by Hector Berlioz. A pre-concert talk by Executive Director David McCormick begins at 6:45pm.

Festival Concert 3: Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. The centerpiece of the Festival will be a performance of The Creation, a monumental oratorio by classical composer Joseph Haydn that depicts the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis. A pre-concert talk by Artistic Director Kenneth Nafziger begins at 6:45pm.

All three concerts will take place at Lehman Auditorium at EMU. Tickets are $27 – Adults, $22 – Seniors (65+), $15 Youth (22 & under). All tickets $2 higher at the door. To purchase tickets, click here

Leipzig Service Concert: Sunday, June 16 10:00 a.m. The 27th season concludes with the cherished Leipzig Service, modeled on services during Bach’s years as a church musician in Leipzig, Germany during the Baroque era.  Artistic Director Kenneth Nafziger leads the Festival Orchestra and Choir in J. S. Bach’s setting of Psalm 23, Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt, BWV 112. This concert is a free event, open to all.