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La Follia Plays J.S. Bach’s Greatest Chamber Music
Choosing Bach’s top chamber works may be impossible, but the baroque ensemble made a convincing case for five not-easy pieces in this concert
"...Choosing Johann Sebastian Bach's greatest chamber music compositions isn't something I can imagine..."

Oct. 20, 2017 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Bach N' Beats
Austin Symphony musicians mix it up with DJs at the Parish
"...chance. That's just what's happening this Friday. It's called Bach N’ Beats, and it's going down on Dirty Sixth,..."

Sept. 27, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Panoramic Voices’ Bach: Mass in B Minor
Director Brent Baldwin and his chorus made this work of pure uplift – rousing to sing, delightful to hear – a joy to experience
"...his Mona Lisa," says Brent Baldwin of Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor. Panoramic Voices' artistic director and..."

Aug. 18, 2017 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

La Follia's Start the New Year With Bach!
The baroque ensemble's first concert of 2016 delivers life lessons along with the beautiful music
"...resolve to spend 2016 listening to more Johann Sebastian Bach...."

Jan. 8, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Bach Vocal Music: His wondrous way with the human voice, exhibits A and B
Bach is in the air most splendidly this week, in concerts by La Follia and UT's Chamber Singers that testify anew to the composer's magnificent way with the human voice
"...Lent needn't be all sackcloth and ashes, not when Bach is in the air, and he is most splendidly..."

Feb. 23, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra Heads Bach to the Clubs
Round Two of ASO's collaboration between a string quartet and local DJs resulted in a sold-out show at the North Door
"...Symphony Orchestra served up the second edition of its Bach 'n' Beats. The program was initiated in 2018 as..."

March 6, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Bach's Herd of Harpsichords V: Double Play
You'll always find something unexpected at a La Follia harpsichord concert, but you can expect the instrument to be well-played
"...ground, Jones-Ragona was just following the lead of J.S. Bach, who arranged several of Vivaldi's violin concertos for organ..."

Jan. 9, 2015 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Sound Bridge Project's 'Bach Is for Lovers'
March 31, 2013. 17 photos.
"...Sauder belts it out at the Sound Bridge Project's 'Bach is for Lovers' J.S. Bach birthday bash held at..."

April 1, 2013 Photo Gallery

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
"...Directed by: Francois Girard. Starring: Colm Feore. Structured by Bach's Goldberg Variations, this film biography offers 32 brief glimpses..."

June 10, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Double Life
Splitting the difference between Peter Schickele and his alter ego, P.D.Q. Bach
" bringing to the Long Center March 3, P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour, had..."

Feb. 26, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Have You 'Herd'?
It's another stampede to La Follia's harpsichord concert
"...of the year to the harpsichord music of J.S. Bach. Now, it might come as a surprise – as..."

Jan. 5, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Truly, Madly, Deeply
"...up his beloved cello and accompanying her through some Bach. Jamie (Rickman, best known in America as Bruce Willis's..."

May 24, 1991 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Who Is Dead and Who Is Not Dead
"...I keep wondering is: dead to whom? "Johann Sebastian Bach is dead," Ventura tells us, "Duke Ellington is not...."

July 9, 2010 Postmarks

Fit for a King: J.S. Bach's Musical Offering
La Follia's well-crafted program of music by Bach exposed the energetic and dynamic Baroque spirit
"...Fit for a King: J.S. Bach's 'Musical Offering'First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa April 7..."

April 12, 2013 Arts Review by Natalie Zeldin

The Human Touch
Violinist Laurie Young Stevens finds the passion and flash in baroque music
"...You won't catch Laurie Young Stevens bowing to Bach, venerating Vivaldi, or kowtowing to Couperin. Oh, she adores..."

Jan. 16, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Herd the Third: More Concerti by Bach for Multiple Harpsichords
La Follia takes the harpsichord beyond Bach and proves the instrument isn't just for the baroque
"...Herd the Third: More Concerti by Bach for Multiple HarpsichordsFirst Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Sunday, Jan...."

Jan. 11, 2013 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Recommended at Texas Book Festival
Capsule reviews and panel info
"...Reinventing Bachby Paul Elie Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 512 pp., $30..."

Oct. 26, 2012 Books Feature

'Renaissance & Response: Polyphony Then and Now'
The Austin chorus sings the praises of four classical composers – with new music
"...of the Renaissance in particular and baroque culminating in Bach. So when he said, 'I really want to do..."

Jan. 21, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Year's Cheers
The nominees for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...The Bach Project/City of Angels..."

May 14, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Work That Houses Us All
Bach's Mass in B Minor is the center around which Conspirare orbits, and next week the choir will be performing the work for the third time since it was founded in 1991. "It feels like a return to our foundation and our roots," says director Craig Hella Johnson.
"...The Bach Mass in B Minor is a paradox. A Latin..."

Sept. 19, 2003 Arts Feature by Jerry Young

A Guide to Austin Classical Music
The virtuosi who know the score and make beautiful music happen here
"...not just in concert halls and churches; they bring Bach to bars and Brahms to brewpubs. And most every..."

April 26, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Hitman: Agent 47
A great old video game is back for a lackluster film reboot
"...Directed by: Aleksander Bach. Starring: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds,..."

Aug. 21, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Top of the Line
The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Bach's Herd of Harpsichords, La Follia Austin Baroque..."

May 27, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Passion According to St. Matthew: Searching for Light in This Darkest Story
Bach's St. Matthew Passion is a behemoth of a choral piece, but Craig Hella Johnson and his New Texas Music Works Conspirare Symphonic Choir achieved a near-flawless evening of graceful, sometimes powerful song.
"...meantime, this new chorus got quite a workout with Bach's St. Matthew Passion serving as one of two choruses..."

April 21, 2000 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Wendy Carlos Switched-On Boxed Set (East Side Digital)
Box Sets
"...platinum playing the original analog Moog synthesizer on Switched-On Bach and took home three Grammy Awards for it. Carlos..."

Dec. 17, 1999 Music Review by Margaret Moser

Return of the Herd of Harpsichords
This La Follia concert was to the harpsichord what a fine wine tasting is to vino
"...a follow-up to the baroque music ensemble's hugely successful Bach's Herd of Harpsichords concert a year ago. You could..."

Jan. 13, 2012 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Truth & Beauty: The Bach Project
This triple bill wasn't all truth or beauty, but it was a good night at the ballet
"...Truth & Beauty: The Bach Project..."

Feb. 19, 2010 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

Record Reviews
"...MONK TO BACH (Winter & Winter)..."

Aug. 28, 1998 Music Review

John Carpenter, Rock Star
Filmmaker as synth-pop pioneer horrifies the Moody Theater June 23
", I think, that’s my ultimate favorite, and that’s Bach. He’s just unbelievable [laughs in disbelief]. Unbelievable composer. But..."

June 15, 2016 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

In its latest festival, Conspirare finds passions thriving in 21st century music
"...Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion may be one of the most..."

June 6, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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