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Bach Society keeps classical music scene humming
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Bach Society keeps classical music scene humming

St. Andrew’s Bach Society kicks off its summer series next weekend and if you’re jonesing for classical music, this is the biggest and pretty much only game in town.

The group, under the tireless hand of Benjamin Nisbet, gets started with “Summer Schubertiade” at 2 p.m. June 5.

In case the name didn’t fully explain it, the Schubertiade is an afternoon of Schubert’s greatest hits: Impromptu No. 3 in G flat from his Four Impromptus for piano; his wonderful Quintet in A major (“The Trout”) for violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano; and his “Death and the Maiden” String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, featuring soprano Erika Burkhart.

Nisbet is bringing along a cast of mostly fellow Tucson Symphony Orchestra colleagues led by Concertmaster Lauren Roth for the “Trout.” Ian Jones, Phil Alejo, Melissa Hamilton and Michael Dauphinais will share the stage with Roth.

Bach Society concerts are held at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 students at

Also on tap in the series:

  • “Happy Birthday Dorothy,” a celebration of arts patron Dorothy Dyer Vanek featuring True Concord Voices & Orchestra, June 26.
  • “Sunday With Bach,” celebrating the return of harpsichordist Guy Whatley, July 21.
  • “Multiples of Bach,” a concert of double, triple and quadruple concertos by Bach.

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Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642. On Twitter: @Starburch

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