Bach Festival 2019

The 2019 Bach Festival will take place October 14-21,  2019.   8 days, a dozen events, Waupaca:  Get Your Bach On!!!

A bi-annual, 8 day classical music event with a passport to show travel to each and every event, at various local venues, including a brewery!

Monday, October 14:  Pick up your Bach Passport at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce or the Bookcellar.  Plan to get as many stamps as possible!  Adults who get at least 4 stamps, and Kids who get at least 2, will be eligible for a fantastic Bach Grand Prize Basket filled with things related to the era of JS Bach!  (coffee, Beer, Wine, chocolate, music and more!!!)






Tuesday, October 15:  Two great art events!  Timed so that you could actually do both!

  • Bach-inspired Jewelry Making Class:  Noon-4:30pm at A Touch of Glass 112 N. Main St, Waupaca.
    Ages 12 and up.  (under 18 accompanied by adult) 
    Stamp your own Music Themed Pendant personalized with your choice of hand stamped phrases, music symbols and more!
    To sign up for this class go here:  Bach Jewelry Class  

  • Baroque Market Basket Making Class:  6:00pm-8:30pm at the Waupaca Historic Depot.  Class size is limited, so please call the Chamber at 715-258-7343 to register.  Class costs $15, (a bargain!) so plan to pay at the door.  Fee includes all supplies!



Wednesday, October 16: Bach Fun Night for Music Students and their Families, 6:30 at Danes Hall:  This event is for kids taking piano lessons, string or any other instrument lessons, and their families.  Lots of fun participation including:

  • Some students playing a Bach piece
  • Games and lots of fun learning about JS Bach and family!
  • Refreshments will be served.  

For more information and to find out if your child can participate, go here:  

Thursday, October 17: Waupaca Area Bach Concert, 6:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church:  This concert will feature the music of JS Bach played on a wide variety of instruments, played by many of our accomplished fellow Waupaca Community Members!  Piano, Organ, Flute, voice, Trumpet, Dance  and more!  Musicians for this 2019 Community Bach Concert include:



Nell Buchman, Piano with Pamela Luedtke, Dance

Georgia Calvo, Piano, with Kim Anderson, Flute

Noah Kolinkski, Violin

Trinity Handbell Choir

Waupaca High School Vocal Ensemble

Trinity Choir

Marci Beaucoup, Martha Duerr and Clara Dunne, 3 generations of pianists

Erin Krebs, Flute

Michelle Winter, Piano

Marisa Landsverk, Organ




Friday, October  18:  Two of the most unique Bach events you will ever experience!

1.  School event: Bach on the Storybook Trails with live musicians:  This event is for students of the Chain Exploration Center (CEC) and the Waupaca Learning Center (WLC) only!   Students will walk on the Storybook Trail, learn about the life of JS from the book “Sebastian” by Jeanette Winter, and see Live Musicians playing,  along the way!  Piano, violin and 6 string electric Bass will be featured along the trail!  ***Anyone, all ages, can Hike the Storybook Trails*** and learn about Bach during the month of October!  The Bach trails are located at the CEC!  Families that take the Bach walk during Bach Week can stamp their passports.

2.  Bach in the Brewery with Josh Cohen 7:00 pm at 22 Lakes Brewing Co.  Come listen to acclaimed award winning Bass virtuoso, Josh Cohen as he plays the music of Bach on his 6 string electric Bass Guitar!

Go here to listen to the music of Josh Cohen!




Saturday, October 19:  Several Unique Bach inspired events that you will not want to miss!

1.  Bach-inspired New Orleans-style Writing Marathon, 9am-noon, Danes Hall.   This creative writing experience features the creative writing process amidst beautiful settings, with the music of Bach playing for inspiration!  Writers will be given a notebook and coaching on creative writing, then proceed to various sites downtown Waupaca to write and finally share their work with a supportive group!  the writing event will culminate at Little Fat Gretchen’s for lunch and discussion about your writing experience!  $5.00 fee, pay at the door!

2.  Bach-inspired Screen Printing with Ben, 1-3pm, Holly Center.  WCAB’s silk-screen expert, Ben Achten, will help attendees make a t-shirt or canvas book bag (perfect for student’s piano music!!!) with the iconic Bach image silk screened boldly in place!  Of course, you will be silk screening to the music of JS Bach!  


3.  The 2019 Bach Chamber Concert with Conductor Andy Moran, 7:00pm  at Danes Hall.   The Waupaca Bach Festival will culminate t’s musical offerings with a chamber music concert at 7:00 on Saturday, October 19th at the Danes Hall, 301 N Main St. The concert features Dr. Andres Moran conducting musicians from The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra where he is interim conductor. Soloists include Susan Bender, soprano and professor of voice at The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Nell Buchman, pianist and teacher, accompanist and lecturer at Lawrence University and Academy of Music.  Join us for this fabulous concert in the beautiful Danes Hall ballroom.   Following the concert, meet the musicians and enjoy a Decadent Gourmet Dessert Reception, complete with wine and beverages, by Gypsy Moon Bakehaus.  $25 tickets can be purchased in advance at the Chamber office and the Bookcellar.  They can also be purchased online, go here for online ticket sales.



Sunday, Oct. 20:  Bach Around the Clock at 96.3 FM, 6pm-10pm

The music of JS Bach will be broadcast on Waupaca Radio FM 96.3on Sunday starting at 6pm and ending….who knows? Joshua Wernerhas a lot of Bach in his archives!!! Listen in, and if you do, feel free to self-stamp your passport! Thanks to 96.3FM for this added program on the Bach Festival 2019! Waupaca, Get your Bach On!!!


Monday, Oct 21: Winchester Academy presents the Physics of Musical Instruments with Art Stevenson, 6:30 at Public Library.  This hands on lecture helps us understand what makes musical sound happen!  You’g and old can attend this fun lecture.  ***This is the final event of the 2019 Bach Festival, and passports will be turned in so that we can draw winners of the Adult and Kid Grand Prizes!***

Also!!! You can self stamp your passport for these two events:

  1. Listen to Waupaca Radio 96.3 FM during Bach Week for a variety of Bach music played Sunday October 20!  If you listen to the music on the radio, you can also stamp your passport!  
  2. Walk the Storybook Trail during the week behind the Waupaca Learning Center or the Chain Exploration Center!