2021 St. Louis Bach Festival

April 2 – 18, 2021

Join us in celebrating the breadth of Bach’s work with numerous events. This year’s fully virtual festival will feature new collaborations, educational opportunities, and several musically stunning performances! The festival comprises nine free events, but some require advanced registration to attend. Take a look at the events and plan to join us for the 2021 St. Louis Bach Festival!


Bach’s St. John Passion Radio Broadcast

Friday, April 2, 2021 | 12 P.M. CT
Available through St. Louis’ Classic 107.3

Saturday, April 10, 2021 | 3 P.M. CT
Available through St. Louis’ Classic 107.3

Bach’s St. John Passion is a dynamic telling of Christ’s journey to the cross that reaches into the soul and evokes a deep sense of spirituality. Tune in to experience the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra as they perform this passionate masterwork. We have partnered with Classic 107.3 to bring this majestic performance into your home.

Bach Talks: St John Passion

Available through Bach Society of Saint Louis Website

Join Bach Society of Saint Louis Music Director and Conductor, A. Dennis Sparger as he presents this visually interactive 4-part series on the history and significance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. Virtual attendance is free.

Episode 1: What is a Passion?
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 12 P.M. CT

Episode 2: Leipzig, Luther, Liturgy, & Lent
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 12 P.M. CT

Episode 3: The intense Drama begins
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 12 P.M. CT

Episode 4: Crucifixion & Reflection
Friday, April 9, 2021 | 12 P.M. CT

Bach Sings: A Concert of Arias

Sunday, April 11, 2021 | 6 P.M. CT
Available through Bach Society of Saint Louis Website

Join us for an inspiring evening of Bach! Performed by soloists across the country, the repertoire will include the iconic arias from J.S. Bach’s most popular works featuring: Tenor, Gene Stenger. Bass, Alex Dobson. Soprano, Josefien Stoppelenburg. Countertenor, Jay Carter. Baritone, Elijah Blaisdell. Registration is free and required to attend.

Bach in the Garden

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 7 P.M. CT
Presented in collaboration with Missouri Botanical Garden

Henry Shaw’s newly renovated and acoustically stunning museum is the perfect setting for a virtual concert of Bach chamber music featuring: Lenora-Marya Anop, violin. Catherine Edwards, flute. Ken Kulosa, cello. Charles Metz, harpsichord.

This interactive event also includes an opportunity for Q&A with the performers and a live tour of Charles Metz’s exclusive collection of harpsichords in Palm Springs, California. Registration is free and required to attend.

Young Artist Showcase

Sunday, April 18, 2021 | 4 P.M. CT
Virtual Event in partnership with Second Presbyterian Church, Couts Music Series

The 2020-2021 Bach Society Young Artist Award recipients present a free musical showcase, highlighting favorites from Bach to musical theatre repertoire. Virtual attendance is free.