When Alexandra Scheibler moved from Germany to Montreal more than a decade ago, she had a hard time finding classical interpretations and performances of pieces by legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Wanting to share her passion for classical music with her new hometown, Scheibler founded and organized the first annual Montreal Bach Festival.
Now in its 10th year, the event brings in international artists and ensembles as well as local musicians to celebrate the work of an extremely influential composer. Although its main emphasis is on Bach’s music, the festival will also feature modern classical composers.
Although most of performances are open to people of all ages, the Bach Undercover children’s concert will be tailored for young audiences. It will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at the St. Andrew and St. Paul Church in Montreal and costs $10.70. As a music aficionado and a mother herself, Scheibler says she believes it is important to expose children to classical music at a young age.
This year, the festival is being held from Nov.18 until Dec. 4 and will include performances by violinist Viktoria Mullova with l’Accademia Bizantina, Baroque group Café Zimmerman and conductor Kent Nagano with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
For information, visit festivalbachmontreal.com.