History & Mission:
Created in 2000 to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest geniuses in the history of music, J.S. Bach, the Festival Bach à Québec wanted to be a major cultural event accessible to everyone number, providing attractive programmes at a reasonable cost.
The Bach Festival has been so successful in its first edition, with more than 300 participants (solo singers, musicians and singers), more than 20 concerets and more than 12,000 people who visited its sites of concerts, the organizing committee could not resist the temptation to repeat the experience.
Programming the Bach Festival was first driven to a presentation of the many forms of writing that includes the work of J.S. Bach: great choral and orchestral works, organ music, works for solo instruments, adaptations of works for brass and organ, etc. One of the primary goals of the organizers of the festival was to create a big party in honor of J.S. Bach that would allow many artists of the region to shine through the work of the Kantor. The goal was achieved and it was with enthusiasm that was desired by both civil authorities and the initiators of the project, to relive the experience every two years.
In 2002, a second edition of the Festival was born. This time, groups and artists with international reputation, such as Daniel Taylor, Suzie LeBlanc, Les Violons du Roy and Ensemble Masques, were joined with singers, musicians and choirs from outside the the region of Québec. With comparable to that of the first edition assistance, the Bach Festival tokk then his place among the presenters of classical music of Quebec and Canada. It was definitely a second success.
The third edition of the Bach Festival was planned for the summer of 2004 and its programming was even more promising. While retaining its primary goal to showcase the various facets of the creative genius of J.S. Bach, the 2004 Festival promised to hear some of the biggest names in Baroque music, as well as some choirs, singers and musicians among the busiest in the Capital Region.