Bach Week 2011 begins April  29 under the direction of Richard Webster. Photo courtesy of Bach Week

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Evanston’s 38th annual Bach Week Festival, a unique opportunity for Chicago-area Baroque-music lovers, will include some “royal” touches. In addition to works by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), each of the two concerts in the 2011 festival will include music celebrating the April 29 royal wedding of Great Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey.

The Bach Week Festival, now a musical rite of spring on the North Shore, will unfold under the artistic leadership of Richard Webster, its music director since 1975 who also performed in the 1974 inaugural event. Mr. Webster was promoted recently to director of music at Boston’s historic Trinity Church. He is also organist and choirmaster emeritus of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, where he served for 30 years.

The festival will open at 7:30 p.m. on April 29, at Nichols Concert Hall of the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave. Works will include Bach’s Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major, with violinists Robert Hanford, Stefan Hersh and Mathias Tacke; Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, with flutist Alyce Johnson, violinist Hersh and harpsichordist David Schrader; and Cantata No. 4: “Christ lag in Todesbanden,” with soprano Rosalind Lee, tenor Hoss Brock, bass Douglas Anderson and the Bach Week Festival Chorus; and a piece performed that day at the royal wedding.

The festival’s second and final concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on May 1, also at Nichols Concert Hall. Works will include Bach’s Cello Suite in E flat Major; Concerto in C Minor for Two Harpsichords; Easter Oratorio; and one of G.F. Handel’s Coronation Anthems, “Zadok
the Priest.”

Founded in 1974, the Bach Week Festival enlists musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and leading chamber ensembles, while featuring some of the Chicago area’s finest instrumental and vocal soloists.

Information is available at 847-293-6686 and at; tickets at or 800-595-4849.