Abbey Bach Festival

July 24, 25, & 26, 2024
and a Children’s Concert Saturday morning, July 27

Mount Angel Abbey Bach Festival Alon GoldsteinA note from Artistic Director Alon Goldstein

We have a very exciting program planned for this summer that promises to continue with surprises. Johann Sebastian Bach has influenced composers and musicians throughout Western music for more than 300 years. Join us on our inviting Willamette Valley hilltop for an evening with Bach concerts in the church, a delicious picnic buffet, and feature concerts hinting at Bach’s influence. And, the Friday night surprise – a jazz concert – Bach to Gershwin!

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.

Daily Festival ScheduleAbbey Bach Festival 47

5:20 pm           Vespers
6 pm                Church concert
6:30 pm           Picnic buffet supper
8 pm                Feature concert

A Summer Dash: Bach – Mozart – Gershwin
Church & Feature Performance Schedule

Wednesday | July 24 | 8 pm – Fine Arts Quartet

6 pm Church concert

Ron Selka, clarinet, and Alon Goldstein, piano

  • Johannes Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Adagio from Concerto in D minor BWV 1059R
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    3 pieces for solo clarinet
  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Wie Melodien Zieht es Mir op. 105 no. 1
    Auf dem Kirchhofe op. 105 No. 4
  • Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Sonata for clarinet and piano (1962)
    1. Allegro tristamente
    2. Romanza
    3. Allegro con fuoco

8 pm Feature concert

Goldstein performs two Mozart Concertos
Artistic director Alon Goldstein is joined by the renowned Fine Arts Quartet to play two Mozart Concertos, the rarely performed 18 and the exquisite 22 in a program that begins with a very popular Johannes Sebastian Bach’s Partita no. 2.

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Partita no. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
    I. Sinfonia
    II. Allemande
    III. Courante
    IV. Sarabande
    V. Rondeau
    VI. Capriccio
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Piano concerto no. 18 in B-flat major, K.456
    I. Allegro vivace
    II. Andante
    III. Allegro vivace


  • W.A. Mozart
    Piano concerto no. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482
    I. Allegro
    II. Andante
    III. Allegro

Thursday | July 25 | 8 pm – Fine Arts Quartet with Ron Selka, clarinet

6 pm Church concert

In Mulieribus
… women’s vocal ensemble specializing in works written before 1750 and championing new repertoire by women composers and for women’s voices.

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
O viridissima virga (ca. 1151)

Ivan Moody (b. 1964)
O quam mirabilis est (2006)

Joanne Metcalf (b. 1958)
Shining Light (2009)

Jennifer Higdon (b. 1963)
A Quiet Moment (1999) 

Alexander Campkin (b. 1984)
I Saw Eternity (2010) 

Cecilia McDowall (b. 1951)
Regina Caeli (2004)

attrib. Leonora D’Este (1515 – 1575)
Haec dies (1543)

8 pm Feature concert

Selka and the Fine Arts Quartet perform the Mozart Clarinet Quintet

Ron Selka, principal clarinetist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, joins the gold-plated Fine Arts Quartet in the Mozart’s famous Clarinet Quintet in a program that begins with a Philip Glass String Quartet and ends with Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet no. 3

Philip Glass (1937-)
String Quartet no. 2 (Company)

I. Quarter note = 96
II. Quarter note = 160
III. Quarter note = 96
IV. Quarter note = 160

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581

  1. Allegro
  2. Larghetto
  3. Menuetto
  4. Allegretto con variazioni


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44, No. 1

Molto allegro vivace
Menuetto: Un poco Allegretto
Andante espressivo ma con moto
Presto con brio

Friday | July 26 | 8 pm – Guy Mintus Trio

6 pm Church concert

James Welch, organ

  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731
  • Prelude in B minor, BWV 544
  • Andante, from Sonata in E minor, BWV 528
  • Prelude in F minor, BWV 881
  • Allegro, from Concerto in G major, BWV 592
  • Bist du bei mir, BWV 508
  • Toccata in F major, BWV 540

8 pm Feature concert

Guy Mintus Trio invites you on a journey through Bach – Beethoven – Gershwin & Mintus
An adventurous musical evening that merges classical and jazz!

Selections from:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude in C major, BWV 846

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Waltz in D-flat major (Minute Waltz) Op. 64, No. 1

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No. 8 (Sonata Pathétique) in C minor, Op. 13

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Concerto no. 21, 2nd movement

George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Someone to Watch Over Me

G. Gershwin

Neomi Shemer (1930-2004)
Ani Gitara

Guy Mintus
Little Spell

G. Mintus

G. Mintus
Our Journey Together

Guy Mintus, piano
Philippe Lemm, drums
Dan Pappalardo, bass

Saturday | July 27 | 10:30 – Children's Concert

Join us for the premiere of the Abbey Bach Festival Children’s Concert!

Artistic Director Alon Goldstein and jazz performer Guy Mintus and the Guy Mintus Trio will present a short concert developed especially for children and youth. Following the concert, children will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians. Snacks will be offered.

Alon Goldstein – pianist
Guy Mintus Trio – piano, drums, bass

  • 10:30 am – Children’s concert
  • 11 am – Meet the musicians and their instruments
  • 11:30 am – Enjoy a snack with the musicians

$10 each (adults and children 6 years and up)
$30 family pass (any combination of 3 or more tickets, intended for families)

Please note: Children and youth under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Abbey Bach Festival 2024 Tickets

Please note: Tickets for the Friday night concert are almost gone! For information on availability of tickets for Friday night or to purchase a Subscribers ticket, please call us at 503-845-3030 between 8 am and 3 pm, July 22-25. Thank you.

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