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BACH TOUR:
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF J.S. BACH
Journey Through Germany, May 14–24, 2017
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MIDTOWN CONCERT SERIES
Thursdays at 1:15 pm, St. Bart's Chapel
September 15, 2016 – June 29, 2017
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THIRD SOUND
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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ADORATION OF THE MAGI
Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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WILLIAM K. TRAFKA: A CONCERT TO USHER IN THE NEW YEAR
Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 11 pm
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JOHN ZORN: CANDLEMAS EVE
AND THE HERMETIC ORGAN
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm
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JASON ROBERTS ACCOMPANIES
THE SILENT FILM
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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THE APPLE HILL STRING QUARTET
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm
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“ST. JOHN” PASSION, BWV 245
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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ARVO PÄRT: PASSIO
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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EAST COAST CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: ECCO
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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THE DALTON CHORALE: CARMINA BURANA
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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MMPAF Bach Tour 2017
2015 Tour Group Singing “Ein Feste Burg” (“A Mighty Fortress”) in Mühlhausen

BACH TOUR: May 14 – 24, 2017

DEPOSIT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15

In the Footsteps of J.S. Bach
a journey through Germany with William Trafka & William Fulton

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach has inspired generations of music lovers for its unparalleled genius in craftsmanship and its deeply spiritual affect. Bach's great art was practiced in both quaint towns and major urban centers in Germany.

MMPAF Bach Tour 2017
left: Bill Trafka at the Schuke Organ at the Blasiuskirche in Mühlhausen
right: Dining at Auerbach’s Keller in Leipzig

For the fourth time since 2009, Director of Music and Organist, William K. Trafka along with St. Bart’s parishioner, William Fulton will lead a tour of the German cities and churches where J. S. Bach lived and worked as a church musician. William Trafka will perform the organ works which Bach composed for those magnificent buildings. The tour includes the charming and beautiful towns of Eisenach, Bach’s birthplace, Mühlhausen, Arnstadt and Weimar as well as the magnificent cities of Dresden, Berlin and Leipzig, where Bach composed his most enduring organ and choral works for the Thomaskirche. Participants will experience the thrill of hearing Bach’s works in the great architectural spaces where they reverberated three centuries ago.

CLICK HERE FOR THE BROCHURE WITH EXCITING DETAILS OF THE TRIP'S ITINERARY.

upper left: The 1746 Hildebrandt organ in Naumburg
upper right: The 1755 Silberman Organ at the Hofkirche in Dresden
bottom: Heavenly Bratwurst in Eisenach

Testimonials from Past Participants:

"The Bach tour was outstanding in every way:superb organ recitals by Bill Trafka and local organists at the various Bach churches, superb background history by William Fulton, and wonderful conversation with all of the interesting people on the tour."

"Great comrades (old East German terminology); delicious weight enhancing food and beer thanks to William’s keen nose and taste; Illuminating historical facts (and some stories?); daunting climbs to organ lofts; and Bill’s magnificent selections of Bach and performances. Who could ask for more?”

"It was such a great group, and we all had such a fine experience on the Bach Tour. Many thanks to all of you for your participation, the many fun times together, and especially to William Fulton and to Bill Trafka for their amazing contribution to the tour. I learned so very much, the sounds of those wonderful organs still ring in my ears. It was so good to be with a group of people from all walks of life, and not all musicians. It is a wonderful area of Germany, and I am certain that all of you are amazed with the restoration and reconstruction that has taken place since the re-unification of Germany.'

Would you like to learn more about Bach?
BACH'S HOLY DREAD
The New Yorker
| Critic At Large, January 2, 2017 Issue
The composer has long been seen as a symbol of divine order. But his music has an unruly obsession with God.

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above photos: Marshall Taylor | "See More Photos": Tim Martin