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Festival Lineup

All times are Eastern Daylight Time


Wednesday, June 17


Bach Experience on Zoom
Lunchtime Q&A with Artistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett
12:30 pm

Scott Allen Jarrett 60.jpgArtistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett will lead a light-hearted discussion on all things Bach: What is a cantata anyway? What is the role of an evangelist? What does ‘continuo’ mean? And why the music of Bach is so important for today.

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Afternoon Music
Soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh and organist Nicolas Haigh

3:00 pm

Margaret Carpenter Haigh 60.jpgNicolas Haigh 60.jpgWith a brief introduction by Scott Allen Jarrett. Soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh sings Höchster, mache deine Güte from Bach’s cantata for solo soprano Jauchzet, Gott, in allen Landen, BWV 51. Nicolas Haigh accompanies Margaret on Saint Thomas Church’s (NYC) magnificent Baroque organ built by Taylor and Boody.

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Zoom Seminar

The Voice as an Instrument - Explained! With Elizabeth Eschen

7:30 pm

Elizabeth Eschen 60.jpgElizabeth Eschen is the Director of the Holden Voice Program at Harvard University, where she works with dozens of singers as a vocal technician. In this session, she will give an overview of how the voice system functions and how this applies to Baroque music. Her expertise and her love of Bach make her the best director of education for our Bach Akademie—come see why!

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Thursday, June 18


Afternoon Music

Violinist Augusta McKay Lodge presents selections from J.S. Bach’s partitas for solo violin

3:00 pm

August McKay Lodge 60.jpgParis-based Baroque violinist and recent Bach Akademie guest artist Augusta McKay Lodge presents two movements from Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor.

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Zoom Webinar

Where are They Now? A Conversation with the BAC Vocal Fellows
7:30 pm

Elizabeth Eschen 60.jpgChelsea Helm 60.jpgHarrison Hintzsche 60.jpgLauren Russell 60.jpgOur Vocal Fellows program is the Charlotte Bach Fesitval’s principal educational component, creating important opportunities for singers on the cusp of a professional path. Catch up with Chelsea Helm and Harrison Hintzsche (Class of 2019), as well as our co-host Lauren Russell (Class of 2018) and Director Liz Eschen.

With special thanks to The Maurer Family Foundation.

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Friday, June 19


Bach Experience on Zoom

A Conversation Between Artistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett and Countertenor Reginald Mobley
12:30 pm

Scott Allen Jarrett 60.jpg Reginald Mobley 60.jpgArtistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett will interview frequent Bach Akademie collaborator, countertenor Reginald Mobley. This session offers rare insights and access to one of our country’s finest Bach performers. Hear about Reggie’s life and career, what it’s like to perform and record with John Eliot Gardiner, and the secret to what makes a good cocktail.

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Podcast: Singet dem Herrn!

Scott Allen Jarrett with Guy Fishman

3:00 pm

Scott Allen Jarrett 60.jpgGuy Fishman 60.jpgRecent Bach Akademie guest artist and principal cellist of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Guy Fishman interviews Artistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett about Bach’s vocal music and specifically, his most famous motet, Singet dem Herrn.

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Concert

Organist Nicolas Haigh
7:30 pm

Nicolas Haigh 60.jpgNicolas Haigh, Associate Organist at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, presents a short program featuring Partite diverse sopra "Sei gegrüẞet, Jesu gütig" BWV 768, a series of short variations on a chorale and a true Bachian tour-de-force. Highlighting the power and gravitas of the King of Instruments, the program concludes with Healey Willan's monumental Fugue, showcasing the full resources of Saint Thomas’ resplendent Miller-Scott organ.

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Saturday, June 20


Afternoon Music

Soprano Arwen Myers and organist Bruce Neswick and cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer
3:00 pm

Adaiha MacAdam-Somer 60.jpgArwen Myers 60.jpgBruce Neswick 60.jpgSoprano Arwen Myers sings Phoebus eillt mit schnellen Pferden from Bach’s cantata for solo soprano, Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202. Organist Bruce Neswick and cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer join Arwen from the chancel of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.

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Zoom Webinar

Bach Akademie Charlotte - Present & Future
5:00 pm

Adam Romey 60.jpgKarin Brookes 60.jpgReginald Mobley 60.jpgKathy Saltzman Romey 60.jpgScott Allen Jarrett 60.jpgElizabeth Eschen 60.jpgMike Trammell 60.jpgJoin Charlotte Bach Festival Manager Adam Romey and a panel of distinguished guests from across the country for a conversation about the Bach Akademie’s plans for the future, and the broad potentials for early music in our society. Guests include Early Music America executive director Karin Brookes, countertenor and Bach specialist Reginald Mobley, and Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble and Oregon Bach Festival Chorus Master Kathy Saltzman Romey, as well as Bach Akademie Charlotte’s own Scott Allen Jarrett, Elizabeth Eschen, and Mike Trammell.

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About the Festival

Join us for a broad range of exciting—and free—events Wednesday to Saturday, June 17–20. We have three major components to this year’s festival:

  • • Lunchtime chats with Artistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett
    • Mid-afternoon musical offerings by members of the Bach Akademie Charlotte Cantata Choir and Orchestra
  • • Evening array of exciting concerts, seminars, and panel discussions.

Afternoon music will be aired on our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Friday evening’s organ recital by Nicolas Haigh will be streamed on both our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. Follow us, hit subscribe, and turn on notifications so you don’t miss a thing!


PARTICIPANTS

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Karin Brookes 160.jpgMargaret Carpenter Haigh 160.jpgElizabeth Eschen 160.jpgGuy Fishman 160.jpgNicolas Haigh 160.jpgChelsea Helm 160.jpgHarrison Hintzsche 160.jpgAdaiha MacAdam-Somer 160.jpgAugust McKay Lodge 160.jpgReginald Mobley 160.jpgArwen Myers 160.jpgBruce Neswick 160.jpgAdam Romey 160.jpgLauren Russell 160.jpgKathy Saltzman Romey 160.jpgMike Trammell 160.jpg


The 2020 Virtual Charlotte Bach Festival is provided free of charge.

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Bach Akademie Charlotte is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.