Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival
- Danielle M. Kuntz
American music festival. The oldest collegiate and second-oldest Bach festival in the United States, the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival is an annual three-day celebration of the works of J.S. Bach held at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Founded by former Baldwin-Wallace professor albert Riemenschneider and his wife Selma, the first festival took place in June 1933 and was organized to encourage artistic and community development in northeastern Ohio through exposure to the works of the famous composer. Since 1936, the festival has featured a four-year rotation cycle of Bach’s B minor Mass, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and the Christmas Oratorio, so that each student at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory has the opportunity to perform these major choral works.
Throughout its development, the festival has continued to grow in both quality and prestige. Each festival annually features internationally renowned soloists and Bach lecturers. Since its inception, the festival has included performances of over 300 works by J.S. Bach, as well as works by more than 50 other composers. From ...