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A flourish of brass and organ music will launch the 37th annual Bach Week Festival in Evanston on April 23. The opening concert and those on April 25 and April 30, will be devoted exclusively to the music of Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, with one exception.
Amid the back-to-back Bach programming will be the Chicago-area premiere on April 23 of the “Baroque Suite for Brass, Timpani and Organ,” written in 2003 by Richard Webster, the festival’s music director. Another novel aspect of this year’s festival will be a performance of the rarely heard, original version of Bach’s Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243, with its four Christmas movements.
The festival’s opening concert, titled “Organ and Brass Spectacular,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on April 23, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman Ave. The second concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on April 25 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. The festival will conclude with a concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 30 also at Nichols Concert Hall, offering Bach’s Overture No. 2 for Flute and Orchestra in B minor, BWV 1067.
Single tickets are $35/adult general admission, $25/seniors over 65, $20/ students with ID, and $10 children under 12. Subscriptions are $85/adults, $60/seniors, $45/students, and $30/ children.
Go to www.bachweek.org or call 800- 595-4849.