Overview of Concerts

Bach Roots Festival (formerly Oratory Bach Ensemble) performs music under three distinct concert series. All  programs serve our organizational mission - to transform the antiquity of Baroque music into inclusive concert experiences of powerful relevancy through: exceptional artistry, honored authenticity, and an engaged community. 

BACH & BREWS

Bach & Brews features secular, comical, and virtuosic music written by Bach and his peers for casual performances at cafes and house concerts. Acclaimed vocalists and a chamber orchestra also lead audiences in sing-a-longs and old drinking songs. Prost!

VESPERS

Hear the sacred works of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries within their original context of a worship service, complete with organ works, guest theologians, and congregational hymnody. All are welcome at this annual event to experience how Bach interwove his passions for music and theology. 

MASTERWORKS

The festival finale featuring the Bach Roots Festival Orchestra and Chamber Choir performing a significant great choral-orchestral masterwork. Recent performances include J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass, described  as "a masterful performance" by Minnesota's Star Tribune and St. John Passion with Minnesota Dance Theatre which the Star Tribune named Minnesota's 2nd Best Classical Concert of 2019.

FAMILY CONCERTS

A new concert series specifically created for little people and the adults in their lives. Bring your children, their curiosity, your sense of humor, and their best dancing shoes for this interactive morning of music at the lakeside picnic shelter at beautiful Rosland Park.