Sep 13
Dec 16
BachFest Marquette

BachFest Marquette

Presented by City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center at City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, together with local musician Nancy Railey, is proud to present the very first BachFest Marquette! BachFest is a season-long Festival which celebrates the life and legacy of famed composer J.S. Bach, as well as highlights the fantastic musical and artistic talent in our community.

The Festival will run from September until December, and feature ten unique musical events intended to inspire and engage listeners of all ages with the power of classical music.

BachFest Marquette is made possible thanks to the support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Please follow this page for up-to-date details about BachFest events as the Festival approaches.

Schedule of Events:

Collage Concert for Marquette Area Music Students
Thursday, September 13
Kaufman Auditorium

Middle and high school music students in the Marquette area are invited to enjoy a free, special program put on by local musicians and dancers in celebration of Bach’s legacy. The program will include performances by Andrew LaCombe, Nancy Railey, Barbara Rhyneer, Erin Colwitz, Robert Engelhart, Nancy Zimmerman, Janis Peterson, Anne Perket, Erica Waite, Nick Dupras, Michael Waite, TaMaMa Dance Company, Harry South, Mark Flaherty, and Dave Ziegner.

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra presents: From Bach to the Future
Saturday, September 15 at 7:30pm
Kaufman Auditorium
Tickets available at NMU Ticket Outlets and

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 22nd season with a tribute to J.S. Bach! The evening’s programming includes Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in C minor and Tre Corali, Tom Trapp’s The Headless Snowman (based on Bach Invention No. 8), and concludes with Dvorak’s timeless Symphony No. 8. The concert will also be the debut of Octavio Más-Arocas as new Principal Conductor of the MSO.

Youth (13 and under) – $9;  Students – $12;  Adults – $17-32
+ get 2 free children’s (14-) tickets with the purchase of one adult ticket!

The Well-Tempered Clavier
Sunday, September 16 at 3:00pm
First Presbyterian Church
Free admission; donations appreciated

Join pianist Nancy Railey for a performance of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, followed by a shared conversation about J.S. Bach and his lasting legacy on the arts. The program will also feature vocalist Michael Waite.

Music to Embrace All of Life and Death: The Theology of Johann Sebastian Bach
Sunday, September 23th at 3:00pm
Messiah Lutheran Church
Free admission; donations appreciated

Pastor Dave Van Kley will lead a conversation about Bach and the Reformation, with music by Wayne Hanmer’s Marquette County Chamber Chorale, the Marquette Male Chorus, Dawn Betts, and Kathy Strazzinski.

BachFest Organ Hop
Sunday, October 7th at 3:00pm
Various locations, see description
Free admission; donations appreciated

The BachFest Marquette Organ Hop will take listeners around Marquette to visit local churches and enjoy performances of Bach’s music by liturgical organists. There will be four stops along the tour, each lasting around half an hour. Transportation between churches will be provided.

Featured churches and organists: Messiah Lutheran Church – Kathy Strazzinski; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Janet Broderson; First Presbyterian Church – Anne Perket; St. Peter Cathedral – Samuel Holmberg

Bach & Brews: A Jazzy Bach Performance
Saturday, October 13th at 6:00pm
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Free admission; donations appreciated

Join local jazz saxophonist Patrick Booth over some refreshments for a jazzy take on Bach’s legacy at Ore Dock Brewing Company!

Chamber Music Collage Concert
Sunday, October 14th at 3:00pm
Reynolds Recital Hall
Free admission; donations appreciated

This Sunday afternoon collage concert will feature music from a host of local musicians and music educators, including the Marquette Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet (Mark Flaherty, Matt Ludwig, Brian Carter, Steve Grugin, and Bruce Cassell), Janis Peterson, Andrew LaCombe, Debbie Carlson, Nancy Railey, Anne Perket, N. Lynne Koski Lanczy, Barbara Rhyneer, Claudia Drosen, Nancy Zimmerman, and a chamber orchestra.

Bach String Marathon
Presented by the String Pedagogy Assembly
Saturday, October 20th from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Westwood Mall

The local string teachers of SPA (String Pedagogy Assembly) are celebrating Bach with their students as a part of BachFest Marquette! String players of all ages and their teachers will be performing music by Bach from 11am – 4pm on Saturday, Oct 20 at the Westwood Mall. The final hour will feature an ensemble reading Bach standards for Strings.

Lake Superior Piano Workshop Recital
Sunday, October 21st at 3:00pm
Reynolds Recital Hall
Free admission; donations appreciated

A special Bach recital will be held by members of the Lake Superior Piano Workshop. Featured pianists include Robert Buchkoe, Esther Barrington, Nancy Railey, Nancy Zimmerman and Anna Martin.

Youth Recital and Art Exhibition
Saturday, November 17th at 1:00pm
Marquette Arts and Culture Center
Free admission

Enjoy a Bach-themed recital put on by local youth, as well as Bach-inspired artwork produced by MAPS students! Specific programming TBD.

The Marquette Choral Society presents: Magnificat
Saturday, December 15 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00pm
St. Peter Cathedral
Free-will offering

Founded in 1971, The Marquette Choral Society is a mixed chorus composed of members of the community of Marquette and its surrounding area and students at Northern Michigan University. A true gem and staple within Marquette’s creative community, they perform two major concerts each year – one in December, and one in April.

This year’s December concert will feature the work of J.S. Bach. Join the MCS and Director Dr. Erin Colwitz for his famed Magnificat and Wachet auf, BWV 140, and enjoy one of our creative community’s true gems!

Admission Info

Most events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated. Donations will be accepted at all free events, with proceeds going directly to BachFest performers.

Dates & Times

2018/09/13 - 2018/12/16

Location Info

City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center

217 N Front St., Marquette, MI 49855

Parking Info

Free parking in the Peter White Public Library lot

Accessibility Info