Top 5- 79th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival

Central Florida might be better known for its pop-music heritage but that doesn’t mean our other genres suffer.  For over three-quarters of a century the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has provided some of the very best live Baroque Music one can find.  The 79th Annual Winter Park Bach Festival kicks off Friday, February 14 and runs just over two weeks.  The Festival is chockful of features and not to be missed events.

Zac Alfson, the Bach Festival Patron Engagement Manager, helped us navigate the busy schedule and pulled out his personal Top 5 events and pieces of need to know info.  As with most of our list, it’s in no particular order.

1) Violinist Lara St. John, who is on the Feb 21 and 22 Concertos by Candlelight program has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times.  She will be a highlight to this year’s festival.

2) New subscribers can hear all four concerts on the Festival from $78! That’s less that $20 per ticket!

3) Check out the February 27th Open Rehearsal of Haydn’s Creation for a behind-the-scenes look at the music making process in a more casual atmosphere. This free event is a working rehearsal as Dr. John V. Sinclair prepares the 160-voice choir and orchestra for performance that weekend.

4) Ken Cowan, a superstar of the Organ world, will perform a solo recital on Friday February 14.  While the program isn’t traditional Valentine’s fare, his impeccable technique and expressivity will bring the Great Organ at Knowles Memorial Chapel alive.

5) General Admission tickets are available for all performances.  These seats, along the side walls of the chapel, may have interrupted views, but the sound is amazing!  If you’re coming to hear instead of watch, this is a great, budget-conscious option.

For a full listing of events, seating charts, ticket sales, and information make sure to visit