Overview of Concerts
Bach Roots Festival (formerly Oratory Bach Ensemble) performs music under four 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 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!
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.
The festival finale featuring a choral-orchestral masterwork performed by the Bach Roots Festival Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Recent performances include J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (described as "a masterful performance" by Minnesota's Star Tribune), St. Matthew Passion, and St. John Passion with Minnesota Dance Theatre which the Star Tribune named Minnesota's 2nd Best Classical Concert of 2019.
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.