Abbey Bach Festival

Mount Angel Abbey Bach Festival 6

July 29 – 30 – 31, 2020

Established in 1971, the Abbey Bach Festival invites national and international musicians for a three-day classical music celebration. Guests enjoy vespers with the monks, an organ or choir performance followed by a buffet picnic supper, and a featured performance in the Damian Center.

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The Tempest Trio

Amit Peled, cello

Sivan Magen, harp
Wednesday, July 29 – The Love Triangle: Schumann and Brahms

Exploring the unique relationship of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms through their muse Clara Schumann. An almost theatrical concert where music will be played and letters will be read.

The Tempest Trio

Thursday, July 30, 2020 – From Harp with Love

A unique concert with world-renowned harpist Sivan Magen collaborating with violin, cello and a fortepiano. Come and hear the harp in a way you never thought possible!

Sivan Magen, harp
Ilya Kaler, violin
Alon Goldstein, fortepiano

Friday, July 31, 2020 – From Bach to Freddie Mercury, from Piazzolla to Leonard Cohen

Collaborative playing at its absolute best, this finale will leave you asking for more.

Amit Peled, cello
The Cello Gang!

Abbey Church Concerts

Wednesday – Bruce Neswick, organ
Thursday & Friday – Bach Cello Suites, performed by Amit Peled

Bach Festival Artists

Bruce Neswick, organ; Ilya Kaler, violin; Sivan Magen, harp; Alon Goldstein, piano and fortepiano; Amit Peled, cello; and, The Cello Gang (top performance group from the Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University)

Festival Performance Schedule

Overview for each evening:
  • 5:20 pm — Vespers (optional) in the Abbey church
  • 6:00 pm — Musical performance in the Abbey church
  • 6:30 pm — Picnic Buffet Supper
  • 8:00 pm — Feature performance in the Damian Center

Picnic Buffet Supper

Abbey Bach Festival 7Abbey tradition highlights local sausage on Wednesday, barbecue chicken on Thursday, and seafood on Friday, along with many salads and tasty options for all diets, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Monastic hosts greet guests, assist with picnic choices, and serve the wine.

The Beautiful Hilltop of Mount Angel Abbey

A musical evening at the Abbey offers you the added pleasure of relaxing on the grounds of this beautiful Benedictine monastery in the Willamette Valley. Come early and visit the renowned library designed by Alvar Aälto, or take a moment to visit the newly renovated and expanded Abbey retreat house and gardens. And don’t miss an opportunity to visit the Abbey museum — filled with unique and beautifully displayed samples of the mammals of the Pacific Northwest, historic religious artifacts, and collections of interest from around the world.

Artistic Director, Alon Goldstein

Mount Angel Abbey Bach Festival 5Artistic 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

For more information, call us at 503.845.3030.