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Fall 2017 Concert

The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids will present its fall 2017 concert at 7:30 pm on Saturday November 4, at Central Reformed Church, 10 College NE in downtown Grand Rapids.

The major piece in this concert will be Georg Philipp Telemann's "Reformation Oratorio" ("Holder Friede, heil'ger Glaube"), which commemorates the Peace of Augsburg (1555), whereby heads of state were given the prerogative to choose Roman Catholicism or Lutheranism as the official religion in their territory. In addition, this piece will serve well to bring our celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation to a festive conclusion, and to honor the 250th anniversary of Telemann's death in 1767.

Thanks to the kind assistance of Reinhard Goebel, the outstanding performer/conductor of Musica Antiqua Cologne, it is now our privilege to introduce this splendid piece to West Michigan, and quite likely, to the US in general.

Internationally acclaimed organ virtuoso Isabelle Demers, who had to cancel her appearance with us last spring due to catastrophic weather in Texas, has made a new commitment to perform with us this fall. She will present Max Reger's chorale fantasy "Ein feste Burg", and also play for the Telemann oratorio, offering a representation of the entire orchestra on the organ.

To add another, totally different color to the concert, the Bach Chorale will perform a wonderfully expressive a cappella piece by Carlo Gesualdo, "Tristis est anima mea."

After October 1, tickets may be ordered using our Purchase Tickets and CD page; they will also be available at the door. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+), and $8 for students with ID.  Credit cards, cash or checks will be accepted.

Matching Contributions

mcaca_logoneaThe Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts. MCACA will match contributions made to the Chorale during the fiscal year 2016-2017, up to the amount of $3750.

The Bach Chorale is also pleased to report contributions toward this concert from the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, and from the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College.


By presenting this exquisite and unique piece, the Bach Chorale is continuing to establish itself as a premier choral ensemble dedicated to performing significant works of the finest choral and choral/orchestral repertoire. Experienced choral musicians of any vocal range (particularly sopranos and tenors) are cordially invited to join us. Auditions will be held following our first two rehearsals of the new term (September 6 and 13).

For further information, please contact us through our auditions page.

We rehearse Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. Our rehearsals for fall 2017 will begin on Wednesday, September 6.


The Bach Chorale

~ preserving, promoting, and performing choral music written predominantly by European composers, with a special emphasis on the music of J.S. Bach, in an effort to keep the music of the masters alive ~


Bach: Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich

Mendelssohn: Mitten wir im Leben sind