Our 49th Abbey Bach Festival was a wonderful virtual concert series, featuring four evenings of classical music to enjoy in the comfort of your own living room. The concerts are available for replay through Saturday, August 8, 2020, on this website and on YouTube.
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“Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat
From Bach to Leonard Cohen from Beethoven to John Williams, Grammy nominated cellist Amit Peled takes us into his sister, Zemer Peled’s, art studio where he presents a concert inspired by and in dialogue with these exciting sculptures.
Program will include: Johann Sebastian Bach, Gaspar Cassadó, Luigi Boccherini, John Williams (Schindler’s List) and Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah).
Thursday, July 30 Immerse yourself in the heavenly beauty of Chopin
The Washington Post has written: “One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth.” Ganz is renowned to be one of the few, if not only, pianists to have played every note Chopin wrote! We offer you the unique opportunity to ask this internationally renowned pianist to perform YOUR favorite Chopin pieces. Send us your requests by June 30.
Competition winner and Instagram sensation guitarist JIJI takes us on a journey into the world of tango and beyond on her classical and electric guitars. Don’t miss the joy of dancing the tango.
JIJI is a passionate advocate of new music, and an adventurous artist who plays a wide range of music, from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation. Her 2018-19 performing season featured two major debut performances: the Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony and her Lincoln Center recital debut, as part of the Great Performers series.
Composers will include: Bach, Dyens (Tango), Albéniz (Asturias), Steve Reich and Paganini.
Saturday, August 1 Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary Special Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
For the festival finale we have special permission to share with you Beethoven’s most popular pieces on period instruments.
Concerto No. 5 n E♭ major, Op. 73
The Emperor Concerto, was Beethoven’s last completed piano concerto. It was written between 1809 and 1811 in Vienna, and was dedicated to Archduke Rudolf, Beethoven’s patron and pupil.
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, opus 67
Symphony No. 5 was written between 1804 and 1808 and is one of the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most frequently played symphonies. It is widely considered one of the cornerstones of western music.
We will be honoring the concert series prepared for the summer of 2020 and inviting the musicians to join us in celebrating the Abbey Bach Festival’s anniversary in July 2021.
Please email for more information about tickets or room reservations at the Abbey Guesthouse for the 2021 Abbey Bach Festival.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | The Tempest Trio Combining technical mastery, expressive depth, and performance experience, pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler, and cellist Amit Peled have joined forces to form one of the most exciting trios on the international music scene. Each virtuoso member of the ensemble has a successful solo career and together they bring vitality to the concert stage with their dynamic musical interplay and collaborative spirit. The Tempest Trio has been recently compared by critics to the legendary "Million Dollar Trio," of Arthur Rubinstein, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Jascha Heifetz.
Thursday, July 29, 2021 | From Harp with Love | Sivan Magen, harp Praised by the press as “a magician” (New York’s WQXR) whose "brilliant sound and remarkable technical acumen shatter any stereotype of his instrument" (The NY Times), Sivan Magen transforms the harp into an expressive, colorful and virtuosic instrument. You will be amazed by the music of familiar composers like Bach, Chopin and Mozart played with subtlety and beauty on the harp, accompanied by the fortepiano and the haunting sound of the violin. This concert promises to surprise and enchant you.
Friday, July 30, 2021 | Around the World in Seven Cellos | The Peabody Cello Gang Here’s one for listeners who love the sound of the cello. A whole gang of them. Amit Peled is an Israeli-born cellist who, at 6’ 5” could have pursued a professional basketball career (he considered it), is now a professor of music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. He’s taking his “gang” of top cello students around the country, giving them the invaluable lessons of live performance and life on the road as a professional musician. Peled says that sometimes it’s exhausting, both for him as well as them. But the rewards come with those moments on stage, when his young colleagues can collaborate with him by bringing music to life.
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Alon Goldstein – Artistic Director of the Mount Angel Abbey Bach Festival
Artistic Director Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. A student of Leon Fleisher, he brings his superb piano skills and artistic vision to the Abbey Bach Festival. Learn more about Mr. Goldstein