100 years Netherlands Bach Society

Bach festival

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Bach festival

A whole weekend of concerts by the Netherlands Bach Society in a festival to celebrate our centenary!

At this festival, there is a Bach to suit everyone!“

On Friday evening, the celebration gets off to a festive start with the versatile artist Adrian Schvarzstein. Along with our musicians and the audience, he will create a circus-like performance based on a Bach cantata.
On Saturday, we will be celebrating Bach’s inventiveness, seen through the eyes of later generations of composers and musicians. Our ensemble, conducted by Shunske Sato, will enter into an improvised jam battle with violinist Tim Kliphuis and his trio, blurring the boundaries between genres. After all, Bach is not sacred. The Goldberg Variations form the soundtrack for a puppet show, we spotlight the highlights of All of Bach and treat Bach fans to concerts by our own ensemble and our friends.
On Sunday afternoon, Bach himself will drop by for the final concert. Well, in any case Bach 2.0: in the person of the Swiss conductor, organist, composer and improviser Rudolf Lutz, who will get the audience involved in the festive finale. At this festival, there is a Bach to suit everyone!

The concert

Works and Performance


FRIDAY 20 MAY (20:15)
100 years of Netherlands Bach Society - Opening concert
festively staged program ending on
Johann Sebastian Bach
Zerreiβet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft, BWV 205

SATURDAY 21 MAY (11:00 and 12:30)
Bach's puppet cabaret (6+)
puppet theater performance with Bach's music

SATURDAY 21 MAY (21:00)
Bach unheard!
Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita in E major, BWV 1006
through the eyes of Rachmaninoff, Tim Kliphuis and Shunske Sato
Johann Sebastian Bach/Tim Kliphuis
Double concerto 

SUNDAY 22 MAY (15:00)
Closing concert Bach festival
George Frideric Handel
Utrecht Te Deum, HWV 278
Rudolf Lutz
Johann Sebastian Bach
Gott ist mein König, BWV 71


FRIDAY 20 MAY (20.15)
Netherlands Bach Scoiety
Shunske Sato, violin and direction
Adrian Schvarzstein, stage direction and play 
Lucia Caihuela, sopran
Yosemeh Adjej, alto
Benedict Kristjansson, tenor
Dietrich Henschel, bass
Jurate Sirvyte, dance/actor

SATURDAY 21 MAY (11:00 and 12:30)
Netherlands Bach Scoiety and Koomans Poppentheater

SATURDAY 21 MAY (21:00)
Netherlands Bach Scoiety and Tim Kliphuis Trio
Shunske Sato, violin
Tim Kliphuis, violin
Tim Kliphuis Trio: Nigel Clark, guitar & Roy Percy, double bass

SUNDAY 22 MAY (15:00)
Netherlands Bach Society
Rudolf Lutz, conductor
Dorothee Mields, sopran
Elvira Bill, alto
Georg Poplutz, tenor
Dominik Wörner, bass


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