Bach Week’s third annual “Bachanalia,” the festival’s fall fundraiser featuring pairings of live classical music with specially selected wines, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave.
Proceeds from the Bachanalia will support the May 2020 Bach Week Festival, the 47th annual edition, with concerts in Evanston and Chicago.
Performers at this year’s Bachanalia will be the Chicago Harp Quartet’s CHQ.2 duo, with harpists Marguerite Lynn Williams and Julie Spring.
Ms. Williams has been principal harp of the Lyric Opera Orchestra since 2011. Ms. Spring has been principal harp of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Toronto and Hartford Symphony Orchestras.
Richard Webster, Bach Week’s longtime music director and emcee for the Bachanalia, says, “With two outstanding harpists and an array of fine wines, this will be a heavenly experience.”
The harp duo will perform music from Spain, France, Italy, Russia, the U.S. and South America.
Mike Baker, an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and lead buyer for Vin Chicago, consults with the musicians and selects wines that echo the personalities of the musical works to be performed. Mr. Baker also listens to recordings and researches the music before making his wine choices.
Hors d’oeuvres will also be available throughout the event.
A silent auction will feature items donated by local businesses and performing arts organizations, including books, graphic art, concert tickets and more.
Tickets for Bach Week’s Bachanalia benefit are $60 per person and are available online at bachweek.org/bachanalia and by phone, (800) 838-3006. For additional information, phone the festival’s office at 847-269-9050.