How long has Bach Week been this year? It began about a week Bach, as the old pun goes, and to celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary of the festival, the programming has blessedly returned to the notion of being devoted exclusively to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. This grand finale concert will feature three harpsichordists—David Schrader, Stephen Alltop and thirty-four-year festival director Richard Webster—in a rare performance of the Three Harpsichord Concerto (BWV 1064), the darkly colored Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 (BWV 1051) featuring violists Max Raimi and Melissa Trier Kirk, and soprano Patrice Michaels, tenor William Watson and bass Douglas Anderson will be the vocal soloists along with the Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus in Bach’s famous Advent cantata “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” (BWV 140), the famous theme of which was used in many Bach pieces and also as a counter-theme in Procol Harum’s 1967 mega-hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” among other of its pop culture uses. A 10:15pm candlelight concert and champagne reception (separate admission) concludes the festival with harpsichordist David Schrader performing excerpts from Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” (Dennis Polkow)
Friday, May 9 at Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago, Evanston, (800)595-4849. 7:30pm. $10-$35.