In the News

Well-Proportioned Passion Highlights Carolina Bach Fest

By Perry Tannenbaum, Classical Voice North America

With Jarrett’s past and present connections to the Oregon Bach Festival, the Handel and Haydn Society, Seraphic Fire, and the Charlotte Symphony, the high quality of the Cantata Choir – and the instrumental and vocal soloists he can lure to Charlotte – is not at all surprising, even if their power and dynamic range can sometimes come as a shock.

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Bach's Matthäus-Passion: Excellent Singing and Playing, on the Fast Side

By Geoffrey Simon,

It must be recognized that [Jarrett’s] knowledge of this score is total. He knows every note, knows how he wants it to sound and, despite eschewing a baton, is totally clear in his conducting.

This is only the second year of the Bach Akademie Charlotte; they already have staked a claim to be the state's finest representative of JSB's greatness

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Aisslinn Nosky Brings Her Charisma to a Memorable Solo Recital at Charlotte Bach Festival

By Perry Tannenbaum,

Most fearsome were those unexpected, seemingly supernatural episodes when Nosky sustained two melodies simultaneously with her bow. 

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Bach Akademie Charlotte Presents a True Bach Experience

By Cecilia Whalen,

Musicians and vocalists of Bach Akademie Charlotte successfully captured Bach's lesson, and Jarrett's lesson further enriched the already rich experience. Historical and Biblical context provided for deeper understanding of this particular piece's narrative, and the musical nuances he pointed out in speaking and with musicians in performance furthered the audience's appreciation of the work.
Where else would one get this kind of information or experience?

Charlotte is lucky to have Bach Akademie Charlotte returning for its second of what will hopefully be many years to come.

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Charlotte Bach Festival Kicks Off Year Two in Astonishing Style

By Perry Tannenbaum,

Glorious it truly was, outshining the lauded Magnificat recording conducted by Richard Hickox.


But again, comparing this performance to recordings conducted by Helmuth Rilling, John Eliot Gardiner, and Masaaki Suzuki, I found the excellence of the choir and the vocalists to be most astonishing.

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This year’s Charlotte Bach Festival aims to show you a new side of Baroque music

By Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer

“Scott transforms the way (audiences) think about Baroque music,” Brookes said. “He’s using singers and musicians trained in this style, which makes all the difference. Once you have heard Bach lean and mean, you don’t want to go back.”

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The Queen City Has a Regal New Bach Festival to Call Its Own

By Perry Tannenbaum,
"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."

Bach Fests Bloom In The Carolinas

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

Bach in a Hard Place

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

News from Bach Akademie

Bach Akademie Charlotte Announces 2019/20 Season

Oct 1, 2019, 2:59 PM

Bach Akademie Charlotte kicks off its third season with its first national collegiate residency,…

Bach Akademie Charlotte Announces 2019 Vocal Fellows

Apr 1, 2019, 11:05 PM

Bach Akademie Charlotte is excited to announce the second class of its Vocal Fellows Program as part…

Bach Akademie Charlotte Announces 2018/19 Season

Oct 1, 2018, 1:53 AM

Bach Akademie Charlotte has announced the lineup for its second season. The season kicks off in…

First Charlotte Bach Festival A Success

Jun 27, 2018, 1:27 AM

The first annual Charlotte Bach Festival attracted over 1,000 attendees to its eight-day celebration…

Bach Akademie Charlotte Announces Lineup for Charlotte Bach Festival

Apr 17, 2018, 1:19 AM

Bach Akademie Charlotte has announced the lineup for the first ever Charlotte Bach Festival,…

Reginald Mobley to sing with Bach Akademie Charlotte

Sep 29, 2017, 7:44 PM

World-renowned counter-tenor, Reginald Mobley, will perform with Bach Akademie Charlotte's…

Scott Allen Jarret Named Artistic Director

Jul 10, 2017, 6:25 AM

Bach Akademie Charlotte has named Scott Allen Jarrett, one of the country's leading experts on Bach…

Inaugural Concerts Announced

Mar 7, 2017, 6:25 AM

Five hundred years ago this month, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints…

Announcing Bach Akademie Charlotte

Mar 7, 2017, 6:25 AM

We are pleased to announce the formation of Charlotte Bach Akademie. A “Bach Akademie” is a German…

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