2015 Tour Group Singing “Ein Feste Burg” (“A Mighty Fortress”) in Mühlhausen
BACH TOUR: SPRING, 2019
Details for the next Bach Tour will be coming in the near future. In the meantime, take a look at last year's brochure.
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.
left: Bill Trafka at the Schuke Organ at the Blasiuskirche in Mühlhausen
right: Dining at Auerbach’s Keller in Leipzig
For the fifth 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.
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