Bach Akademie Charlotte opens the 2018|19 Season with an evening exploring J.S. Bach's influence on the choral motet tradition through "Jesu, meine Freude" (BWV 227) and works by Mendelssohn, Schütz, and Brahms.
"Part of what nearly brought me to tears, besides the sheer beauty of the performance, were the realizations of how rarely such music is heard in a live concert and the foretaste of how much this new festival could mean to this community." – Perry Tannenbaum, Classical Voice North Carolina
Bach festivals are singing a new song in the Carolinas. After a three-year hiatus, a new Bach Society of Charleston formed in 2015 and revived the Holy City’s annual festival in South Carolina....Just a couple of years ago, the North Carolina Bach Festival had shriveled to a single guest-artist performance and one youth concert. Under new leadership in 2017, NC Bach presented four featured artist concerts. Instead of remaining huddled in Raleigh, the festival expanded its reach to include Greensboro and Charlotte....More spectacular yet is the meteoric rise of Bach Akademie Charlotte, which didn’t even exist a year ago. – Early Music America
Plans are not only firmly in place to stage Charlotte Bach annually but also to possibly grow the festival to a third weekend. That would put a fully bloomed Charlotte festival in the same elite class as the Oregon Bach Festival, the Big Kahuna among Bach fests in America. - Creative Loafing