Come Celebrate the 2024 Season of the Lexington Bach Festival!

violinist Geneva Lewis in a long dark green dress holding her violin and bowThe Lexington Arts Council will host the annual Lexington Bach Festival, a week-long event that features works by Henry Purcell, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Beethoven, and of course, J. S. Bach.

The festival opens Wednesday this year with a surprise event. On Thursday, Port Huron’s St. Clair County Community College hosts two varied programs of music performed by the Bach Festival String Quartet. On Friday, the festival features music performed by guistarist Colin Davin. Saturday and Sunday feature concerts by violinist Geneva Lewis accompanied by the Bach Festival Orchestra.

Bach Festival History

Located 80 miles north of Detroit, the village of Lexington is in the Blue Water Thumb Region of Michigan. Each year the Lexington Bach Festival offers residents and visitors to “the first resort north” great music by Johann Sebastian Bach and composers influenced by his works.

string section of an orchestra

The Lexington Bach Festival was founded by violinist, teacher, and musical force of nature, Julia Kurtyka in 2000. Working with Lexington Arts Council, and Festival leadership of Lee Jones, she engaged Don Th. Jaeger as its first music and artistic director. Don Th. Jaeger led the festival for fifteen years, collaborating with artists as diverse as Jazz musician, Chris Brubeck; Concert Violinist, Caroline Goulding and Concertmaster of four major orchestras, William Preucil. When Julia Kurtyka passed away in 2011, her work was continued by Denice Turck and Kay DeLuca. Their devotion to continuing this festival was met with support and cooperation from the Lexington Arts Council. In 2014, Maestro Jaeger stepped down from the position of music director of the Lexington Bach Festival, and John Thomas Dodson was named as his successor.

One of the most unique elements of this music festival is the degree to which it is ingrained into the community of Lexington. The musicians are guests of the community, housed in their homes and celebrated for bringing their gifts of music to enhance the quality of life of the Lexington residents. This special bond with the community has developed into a defining characteristic of the Lexington Bach Festival. Concerts are well attended, the musicians are respected as visiting artists, and individuals. Patrons, local businesses and the Lexington Arts Council continue to provide the annual financial support necessary to make the festival a success.