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Bach Week Festival: Bach in the Subways

  • The Rookery (lobby) 209 South LaSalle Street Chicago, IL, 60604 United States (map)
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Musicians from the Chicago area’s Bach Week Festival will give a free public performance in the skylit lobby of Chicago’s historic Rookery Building.

The pop-up concert, organized and conducted by Bach Week’s music director Richard Webster, is Chicago’s link to the 2019 international Bach in the Subways project, March 21–24. 

An ensemble of about 20 Bach Week Festival choristers and several members of chamber choir Bella Voce, plus cellist David Cunliffe, double bassist Jonathan Cegys, and keyboard artist Jason Moy will perform two Bach motets: Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228; and Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230.

Bach in the Subways is a volunteer, grassroots movement to promote classical music through free concerts in public spaces on or around Bach’s March 21 birthday. According to the organization, nearly 100 cities worldwide will be hosting performances this season, which marks the 334th anniversary of Bach’s birth.

All Bach in the Subway performances are free to the public.