Bach Week Festival director Richard WebsterPhoto courtesy of Bach Week

Guests will sample beer, wine and the music of Baroque composer J.S. Bach at the third annual “Bachtoberfest”  fundraiser 6:30-9 p.m. on  Oct. 9 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave.

 The benefit will support the 2012 Bach Week Festival, the 39th consecutive edition of the Evanston-based festival, an annual rite of spring for Chicago-area music lovers since 1974. The festival’s dates and programming will be announced at the benefit.

 Tickets to the casual-dress fundraiser, which is open to the public, range from $50 to $150. The event promises an array of Bach violin, flute, organ and vocal music served with hearty hors d’oeuvres.

 Emcee for the evening’s proceedings will be Bach Week Festival’s longtime music director and avid marathon runner Richard Webster, who will have run in the Chicago Marathon earlier that day to raise funds for the festival-costumed as Batman’s sidekick, Robin.

 The musical portion of the Bachtoberfest program will begin at 7:15 p.m. Information and reservations for Bachtoberfest are available by calling 847-293-6686 or visiting