The Bach Festival of Canada has always stated  ”Bach is where our story begins….” which leaves room for all the musicians, genres, modes of expression inspired by Bach and his genius! Our 2011 Season was a testament to this with a range of concerts and masterclasses, and our 2013 Season will continue the building of a Festival whose roots are entrenched in Bach while branching out to see where his music has led musicians since his time. Improvisation especially continues to intrigue classical, jazz, world and contemporary music explorers!

As we are on the cusp of the New Year it is time to shout intentions out to the universe. This includes the hopes and dreams of the Bach Festival. With 2013 considered the luckiest of years!!,  what better year than to begin this tradition. The wish list of artists to be a part of future Festivals will continue for the entire year – this list will surprise you, which is exactly our intention!

So, here is the first on the Bach Music Festival of Canada Wish List for future Festivals: The Red Bull Flying Bach Steps – how Bach has inspired this group is astounding!

 

The Bach Music Festival of Canada team continued to do what it came to the 2012 JUNOs Awards to do – celebrate the efforts of Canadian contemporary Classical musicians and to introduce the Festival to the nation’s best. 

To say we accomplished this, may be a bit of an understatement. For sheer enthusiasm, warmth and generousity of spirit the Bach Festival  left an indelible impression with everyone we met.

Tara Rintoul and Robert Wouda, former Gerald Fagan Singers members now living in Ottawa, joined us for the day’s events introducing us to some JUNO Nominated Ottawa musicians, including Stretch Orchestra, who won in their category!

The following photos tell the story much better than I could – and as the days progress we will continue to upload with anecdotes, escapades. Below we are seen with members of the industry.

I can say without a doubt that the Bach Festival did Exeter Ontario proud, London Ontario proud, the sponsors and supporters of the Festival proud, and truly laid the groundwork for the 2013 Festival!

The next morning we met for breakfast before the Board left me to my JUNO devices (!). Some moments we agreed “What happens at the JUNOs stays at the JUNOs!” but for the rest of those moments, we look forward to sharing with you in the coming weeks!

What an incredible year this is turning out to be for the Bach Music Festival of Canada. I am extremely delighted to announce that the Festival is going to the 2012 JUNO Awards in Ottawa Canada! We are delighted to be partners with the the Canadian Music Centre, the National Arts Centre, as well as the major record labels in presenting the Classical Music Showcase. Friday March 30th, the official Opening Day of the JUNO Awards, with a 3:30pm Showcase scheduled at the National Arts Centre!

  Throughout the entire weekend, I will be blogging of the experience – the Classical Music Showcase, the Official Welcoming Reception, the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards Night, and the Scotiabank Place live Broadcast event called the Red Carpet at the JUNOS hosted by William Shatner. The blog will appear here, as well as on facebook and through numerous media outlets including the Exeter Times Advocate and the Beat Magazine.

Will you be in Ottawa? If so, please join the Bach Music Festival of Canada Board of Directors, Artistic Director Gerald Fagan and myself, as we join in the celebration of the Classical Music industry in Canada at the Classical Music Showcase.  If you are not in Ottawa this weekend, then join us through this site and others, to share the experience. See you at the JUNOS!