The Boulder Bach Festival (BBF) began in 1981, celebrating the life and music of J.S. Bach. Since that first season, BBF has evolved from a weekend of concerts to a full season of five or more diverse concert programs, an array of free outreach activities (30+ annually), lecture presentations, and collaborative events at a variety of venues in Boulder, Denver, Longmont, Broomfield and elsewhere on the Front Range. This is our fifth season presenting a robust educational and outreach series of events that are free to the public. For the past 38 years, Boulder Bach has built on the founding vision to offer focused presentations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries, making it unique among Colorado's performing arts organizations and worldwide, in that the perspectives being offered and the stylistic questions being raised, make the BBF one of the most if not THE most diverse, progressive, and thoughtful Bach festival anywhere, certainly for its size and budget. Examples include Vivaldi on electric instruments, Bach on saxophone, Barbara Strozzi on historical instruments of the baroque, Brahms and Berg on historical instruments of the 19th century and the turn-of-the-century, and grand orchestral/choral programs on both the instruments in today's set up as well as original instruments of the time of Bach. This dialogue is what is distinct about our presentations.
The Boulder Bach Festival board has a 38-year proven track record for ensuring financial backing for the organization. BBF has zero-debt history and is driven and monitored by a strategic plan that reflects the commitment and interests of its stakeholders.
It is a 5-member, mission-driven, working board, focused on raising the funds needed to support the strategic plan.
BBF continues to provide a platform on which riveting solo artists from Colorado may collaborate with their colleagues from across the U.S. and Europe. Bringing these musicians together results in a rich conversation between the artists, further fulfilling their lives as well as contributing to the richness of the concert presentation. University graduate students and young professionals develop their skills in a variety of experiences offered, in part due to the artists BBF brings: students and graduates perform alongside these acclaimed musicians. Additionally, our Fellowship Artist Initiative provides gut-strung instruments and Italian baroque bows for recent DMA and MM recipients to use in their post graduate studies. The Fellows use these instruments in outreach concerts and education events, and on stage in main season concerts. Guest artists teach lessons, sectionals, master classes, and in some cases deliver lectures or participate in symposia.
Aligned with this approach is the ongoing development of rich partnerships with regional arts centers, dance troupes, youth orchestras, and educational institutions.