OSL Bach Festival

The 2020 OSL Bach Festival has been cancelled to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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The second OSL Bach Festival draws inspiration from Johann Sebastian Bach’s A Musical Offering, a collection of pieces based on a complicated musical theme given to Bach as a challenge by the King – and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel’s employer – Frederick the Great.

Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie will lead the Orchestra through three concerts at Carnegie Hall, featuring orchestral and vocal works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach performed with renowned guest artists and contextualized with captivating commentary by Labadie. Additionally, the Festival will include innovative and intimate recitals at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music and a special concert at Manhattan School of Music, featuring the Orchestra in a performance of world premiere works inspired by A Musical Offering and written by the four composers accepted into OSL’s DeGaetano Composition Institute.

Orchestral Concerts

Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie and the Orchestra are joined by esteemed guest artists for three concerts at Zankel Hall exploring Bach’s timeless music and enduring legacy

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Recitals & World Premieres

Intimate recitals celebrating Bach’s most beloved compositions and new works inspired by A Musical Offering

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Master Classes

Cellist Pieter Wispelwey and harpsichordist Jean Rondeau lead insightful workshops on Bach’s most treasured works with students and alumni of The Juilliard School.

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