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Babayan Plays Bach

May 10th, 2022 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$15 – $50

Sergei Babayan, the celebrated Armenian-American pianist praised by The New York Times for his “consummate technique and insight,” will play J. S. Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” Book 1, BWV 846–869, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue,
Evanston, as part of Evanston’s 49th annual Bach Week Festival.

A landmark in the history of Western classical music, Bach’s set of 24 preludes and fugues in all major and minor keys has never fallen out of favor. They’ve been studied and performed by musicians from Bach’s era to the present day, including Mozart and Beethoven.

“When Sergei plays Bach on the piano, his range of expression is equal to the range of expression in all of Bach’s music,” Richard Webster, Bach Week’s music director, says. “The sounds he gets out of the piano are sounds I’ve never heard before in Bach’s keyboard works. And he does it in the most convincing way.”

Babayan performs with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

He is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive recording artist; his latest release, “Rachmaninoff,” was hailed by the international press as a groundbreaking recording and received numerous awards including BBC Recording of the Month.

Babayan’s Bach Week recital is sponsored by the Howard and Ursula Dubin Foundation.

Tickets and Information

Single-ticket admission prices for the concert are $50 for VIP seating, $35 adult general admission, $25 seniors, and $15 students with ID. Subscriptions to the three ticketed concerts are $120 for VIP seating; $80 adult general admission; $60 seniors; and $30 students with ID.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 847-269-9050, or by mail to Bach Week Festival, 1555 Sherman Avenue, Suite 312, Evanston, Illinois 60201. For general festival information, phone 847-269-9050 or email


May 10th, 2022
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
$15 – $50
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Bach Week Festival
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Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Ave
Evanston, 60201 United States
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(773) 281-7820
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