Labor Day weekend is once again the occasion for Bach, this year jazzing it up on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m., with a video presentation, Jazz up the Sinfonias,"followed by a movie on the life of Bach. The final concert will take place on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 3, also at 4 p.m.
Both events take place at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, a co-sponsor of the festival.
An unusual feature of the annual Bach Fest is that the events are free, with donations to Music in the Great North Woods, which closes out its summer offerings with this signature event.
The Sunday program will include three cantatas on life and death, good and evil, with a chorus, soloists and orchestra of Baroque strings and recorders under the direction of Dr. Susan Ferre. Her husband, Dr. Charles Lang, will be playing a Baroque cello dating from the time of Bach.
"Dr. Lang, a semi-retired family physician working with Coos County Family Health, remains the wind beneath the wings of the Bach Fest," remarks Ferre. Dr. Lang writes, "J. S. Bach to me is vibrant evidence, perhaps the most powerful expression that God exists in this life on earth. This is zero-calorie, spirit-rich food for the soul, giving hope to a troubled world." He invites all his present and former patients to attend these free events.