An Akademie for All

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) produced over 1,100 pieces of music in his lifetime, a legacy that continues to inspire musicians and audiences around the globe today. A “Bach Akademie” is a German term, and indeed a tradition, for a collection of musical events and other activities focused on the study of Bach and his influence in both his time and ours.

Bach Akademie Charlotte is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting vital performances and providing innovative educational opportunities about Bach’s music. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the timeless insight into the shared human experience that Bach’s music offers — we are an Akademie for all.

Our mission:

Dedicated to rigorous scholarship and performance that inspires, Bach Akademie Charlotte advances the spirit of community through the legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach’s transformational music.

About Historically Informed Performance Practice
A historically informed performance is about more than simply using period instruments and tuning. It is an opportunity to revisit the original inspiration for the music and to present it in an engaging, vital performance. In doing so, we capture the sights and sounds of another age and introduce them afresh to our modern world.

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.
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