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Concerts continue to provide unique performances

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
June 8, 2010 at 1:08 a.m.


VICTORIA BACH FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES

Free performances:

35th Anniversary Celebration -- First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St., noon Wednesday

New Young Artists -- First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St., noon Thursday

Arrrtistry and Piracy -- First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St., noon Friday

Film: Bach and Friends -- Victoria Public Library, 302 N. Main St., 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Performances with admission fees:

Ecstatic Expressions -- Leo J. Welder Center, 214 N. Main St., 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (From $10 to $20 a ticket)

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos -- First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St. at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (from $15 to $25 a ticket)

Celebrating Chopin: Melissa Marse in Concert -- Victoria College Auditorium, 2200 E. Red River St. at 7:30 p.m. Friday (from $10 to $20 a ticket)

J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor -- Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 4102 N. Ben Jordan St. 7:30 p.m. Saturday (from $20 to $30 a ticket)

With 35 years of excellent performances, international acclaim and national attention to Victoria, the Victoria Bach Festival continues its rich, cultural heritage and special anniversary today with a slate of world-class performers scheduled through the week.

The late Dottie Welton, who worked tirelessly for years to promote the festival, would certainly smile at this year's lineup.

Last year, she was celebrated during a tribute performance and remembered as a "friend" to the festival. Welton died of a heart attack on Dec. 11, 2008.

We credit the festival's artistic director, Craig Hella Johnson, for championing our festival.

Johnson refers to this year's festival as "anniversary week" because it is also Schumann's 200th birthday, Hugo Wolf's 150th and Barber's 100th.

Johnson has lined up the great masterwork of J.S. Bach - Mass in B Minor for the festival's concluding concert Saturday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, but many other performances will lead up to the festival finale.

While the finale has admission fees, so do three other fabulous concerts, but there are many free performances, as well.

We think these performances will be of great enjoyment and a rare gift for our community.

Don't miss them.

We praise the Victoria Bach Festival for its continuing quality and the culture it brings to Victoria.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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