ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Las Vegas, N.M. — The New Mexico Bach Society Chorale and three Highlands University choirs take the stage at Ilfeld Auditorium Sunday, Nov. 16, for Bach Fest 2014, the biggest celebration of the classical composer’s work ever performed at the university.
“Johann Sebastian Bach was the most profound of all the classical composers and a magnificent visionary both technically and expressively,” said Andre García-Nuthmann, director of the Department of Music choral program. “If you already love Bach, this concert will be a sublime experience. If you don’t know Bach, I believe you will love his electrifying work by the end of this musical marathon.”
Franz Vote is the artistic director and conductor for the New Mexico Bach Society Chorale, based in Santa Fe. The conductor was previously with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Seattle Opera. García-Nuthmann is a tenor vocalist in Vote’s chorale.
Vote said that Bach appeals to every serious musician and transcends the ages.
García-Nuthmann will direct the university’s Madrigal Choir and Concert Choir for the festival, while adjunct music faculty Joe Cooney will direct the university’s Jazzology choir.
The festival features an orchestra composed of strings, horns, woodwinds and timpani, with instrumentalists from orchestras in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and El Paso.
Concert pianist and music faculty member Linda King is the piano accompanist for a number of pieces, and will also be a soloist.