Reprising last year’s successful fundraiser, Evanston-based Bach Week Festival again invites the public to the revels at Bachtoberfest Bacchanalia at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. Proceeds will support the 45th annual Bach Week Festival next spring.
In the course of this sense-ational evening, guests will explore the connection between music and wine in the company of connoisseurs.
Mike Baker, an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers, will introduce a wine akin in character to each masterpiece of Baroque music selected by Richard Webster, longtime Bach Week music director and the evening’s emcee.
Music will include instrumental and vocal works: a Mancini cantata, a Telemann trio, a Monteverdi motet, a Froberger harpsichord piece, and an aria from a cantata by festival namesake Johann Sebastian Bach.
Performing the selections will be Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano; Judith Kulb, oboist; Lewis Kirk, bassoonist; and Jason Moy, harpsichordist.
Mr. Baker listens to and researches each musical work and consults with Mr. Moy before choosing an appropriate wine. He will discuss each wine before presenting it for a tasting. His imaginative pairings – fortified by an array of hearty hors d’oeuvres – may well deepen the appreciation of both music and wine.
Mr. Webster helped organize the inaugural Bach Week Festival in 1974 and has led the festival since 1975. He is director of music and organist at Boston’s historic Trinity Church. As usual, he will warm up for his Oct. 8 evening performance with a run in the Chicago Marathon to raise funds for the festival.
A musical rite of spring on the North Shore, Bach Week, which enlists musicians from numerous top-tier ensembles, is one of the Midwest’s premiere Baroque music events. Concerts will take place in April and May at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston and the School of Music, Art, and Theatre at North Park University in Chicago.
Bacchanalia tickets at $60 per person are available online at bachweek.org and by phone, 800-838-3006.