June 18, 2008

Bach is Back in June

By Victoria Advocate, Texas

Jun. 18--The Victoria Bach Festival returns June 15-20 and tickets are now on sale for performances throughout the week.

The line-up includes classical guitarist Paul Galbraith, Grammy-winning vocalist Cynthia Clawson, violin concertos by Bach and Vivaldi, and Eric Clapton songs performed on the harpsichord by artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, according to a Bach Festival news release. The festival culminates with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem" that will feature a combined orchestra and chorus of 280 musicians.

"2008 is a year of drama at the Victoria Bach Festival," Johnson said in the news release. "Every concert tells a vivid story, from the compelling rhythms of the Bach concertos to the father/son drama of Abraham and Issac; from composer Bedrich Smetana's setting of his life story in a string quartet to the soaring voices of the Festival finale: Verdi's 'Requiem.'"

Individual concert tickets range from $20-$30 for adults, $15-$25 for seniors and $10-$20 for students. Season tickets for five evening converts cost $100 for adults, $80 for seniors and $60 for students.

There are also several free public concerts over the week, including a children's concert on June 19 at the Victoria Public Library, according to the news release.

Tickets are available at the Bach Festival offices, 361-570-5788, the Cultural Council of Victoria, 361-572-2787 and online at www.victoriabachfestival.org.

2008 Victoria Bach Festival Schedule

Sunday, June 15: Paul Galbraith, solo guitar, 4 p.m., Welder Center, $15-$25.

Monday, June 16: New Young Artists concert, noon, First United Methodist Church, free.

Baroque Violin, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, $15-$25.

Tuesday, June 17: Melissa Marse and Vanguel Tangarov, noon, First United Methodist Church, free.

Musical Portraits, 7:30 p.m., Welder Center, $10-$20.

Wednesday, June 18: Music for Fathers & Sons, noon, First United Methodist Church, free.

Harpsichord Happening IX, 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, free.

Thursday, June 19: Music of the Italian Baroque, noon, First United Methodist Church, free.

Cynthia Clawson-Jazz Standards, 8 p.m., Welder Center, $15-$25.

Friday, June 20: Tom Burritt-Solo Percussion, noon, Opera House Event Center, free.

Verdi: Requiem, 8 p.m., Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, $20-$30.

For tickets or more information, go to www.victoriabachfestival.org.


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