Fiona Queen of Evanston, festival manager, and Richard Webster of Boston, music director of Evanston’s Bach Week festival since 1974, take time out to discuss plans for the “Bachtoberfest” fundraiser to benefit the spring music festival.

The Bach Week Festival, held each spring in Evanston since 1974, will present a 70-minute concert featuring the music of J.S. Bach at the organization’s first “Bachtoberfest” fundraiser, to be held at at
7 p.m. on Oct. 11 at S.P.A.C.E,

1245 Chicago Ave.

Tickets to the casual-dress event, open to the public, are $50 per person and include food and drink as well as admission to the concert.

The event presents many musicians who perform regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, including flutist Louise Dixon, oboist Judith Kulb, French horn player Daniel Gingrich, violinists Stefan Hersh and Mathais Tacke and cellists Kalinka Kleijn and Walter Preucil. Juggler Lewis Kirk will perform in “The Swan.”

The Bach works include excerpts from an unaccompanied cello suite; the motet “Lobenden Herren,” with the Bach Week Festival Chorus and continuo accompaniment; excerpts from the Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor and the Double Violin Concerto in D Minor; the chorale “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from cantata 147, with the audience invited to sing along; and the complete Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F. The program will also include some tongue-in cheek works by classical music humorist P.D.Q. Bach (Peter Schickele).

Guests will include the Bach Week Festival’s longtime director and avid marathon- runner Richard Webster, who will have run in the Chicago marathon earlier that day dressed as the illustrious 18th-century composer to raise funds for the festival.

For benefit information and reservations, call 847-648-0813 or visit  To order Bachtoberfest tickets by mail, send a check payable to “Bach Week Festival” to Bach Week Festival,

P.O. Box 1832, Evanston, IL 60204