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Whidbey Island Music Festival Announces the Opening Concert of the 2024/25 Season: "Bach Cantatas and Concertos"

We are huge supporters of the Whidbey Island Music Festival. It is an incredibly opportunity to hear the highest quality classical music live right here on Whidbey Island.

Whidbey Island Music Festival Announces the Opening Concert of the 2024/25 Season: "Bach Cantatas and Concertos"

Whidbey Island Music Festival is thrilled to announce the opening concert of its 2024/25 Summer Festival season with "Bach Cantatas and Concertos." This highly anticipated event will take place on two dates: Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 3:00 PM at First Reformed Church in Oak Harbor, and Sunday, June 23, 2024, at 3:00 PM at St. Augustine’s in the Woods in Freeland.

Bach’s cantatas are renowned for their profound beauty and emotional depth, offering endless sources of inspiration, comfort, and joy, especially during challenging times. Join us for an afternoon featuring America's leading baroque oboist, Debra Nagy, alongside two acclaimed Bach singers, Tyler Duncan and Clara Rottsolk. They will be accompanied by a stellar ensemble of baroque specialists.

"I am thrilled to open our 2024/25 season with 'Bach Cantatas and Concertos'," said Tekla Cunningham, Founder and Executive Director of Whidbey Island Music Festival. "Bach’s music offers timeless beauty and solace, and we are excited to share these profound works with our audience, featuring some of the finest baroque musicians and vocalists. It's an invitation to experience the depth and joy of Bach's genius together."

The program includes:

  • Cantata: "Ich habe genug," BWV 82 by J.S. Bach

  • Cantata: "Ich bin vergnügt in meinem Glücke," BWV 84 by J.S. Bach

  • Cantata: "Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen," BWV 32 by J.S. Bach

  • Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor, BWV 1060 by J.S. Bach

In an interactive twist, audience members will be invited to sing along during the chorales in these cantatas, fostering a communal and immersive experience. The concert will culminate with the beloved Concerto for Oboe and Violin, showcasing the extraordinary talents of Tekla Cunningham and Debra Nagy.


Debra Nagy, baroque oboe

Tyler Duncan, baritone

Clara Rottsolk, soprano

Tekla Cunningham, Cynthia Black, and Eleanor Legault, baroque violins

Steve Cresswell, baroque viola

Elisabeth Reed, baroque cello

Ross Gilliland, baroque bass and violone

Stephen Price, organ and harpsichord

Tickets for both performances are now available for purchase. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the transcendent music of J.S. Bach performed by some of the finest baroque musicians in the country.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit Join us for a memorable afternoon celebrating the timeless genius of Bach.


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