One of the greatest cultural gifts of all time is J.S. Bach’s music—timeless music that continues to change our world. The profound experience of Bach’s music carries us to beautiful and unforeseen places, mirroring, in its rich complexity, the experiences we all share: joy and fear, life and death, glory and destiny. Bach’s music has been described as a reflection of the harmony of the universe, and also, by extension, a model for a harmonious society. That is Bach Society of Minnesota’s north star.
About Our Work
The Bach Society of Minnesota’s passion for performing, promoting and appreciating the music of J.S. Bach is unrivaled. With Bach as our starting point, we claim immediately a high challenge for musicians who can deliver truly inspired and historically informed performances that ignite our audience’s fascination and appreciation.
The Bach Society of Minnesota was formed in 1932 at the University of Minnesota when a group of students asked Professor Donald Ferguson to lead an organization that would give them the opportunity to sing Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. After many years under Professor Ferguson’s direction, the Society was headed by Professor David La Berge, then Henry Charles Smith (former Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra), Paul Oakley in the 1990s, followed by Rod Kettlewell, Myles Hernandez, and Thomas Lancaster.
Paul Boehnke led the Bach Society from 2007-2016, continuing a tradition of fine music making and community building around the music of J.S. Bach. In May 2016, with Boehnke’s retirement, the internationally renowned Matthias Mute was chosen to lead the organization.