This well-established, semi-professional choir of 100-plus singers was established in 1934 as an ensemble dedicated exclusively to performing the music of J.S. Bach. Since 1937, the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh has steadily expanded not only its repertoire, but also its place as a musical fixture in the western Pennsylvania region. The choir’s career highlights include its sole collaboration with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1950, under the direction of guest conductor Leonard Bernstein, and its vocal contributions to Verdi’s Aida, Pittsburgh Opera’s first opera production in Heinz Hall in 1971.
Now under the direction of accomplished Artistic Director Thomas W. Douglas, the Bach Choir continues to perform new works, including commissioned musical adaptations of the poetry of Langston Hughes by jazz artists Joe Negri and Tom Roberts. Additionally, the choir performs seminal works from the Renaissance and beyond, including Mozart’s Requiem Mass and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
Simply put, the ensemble’s increased varied performance repertoire, along with strong praise from local critics, makes a Bach Choir concert an essential experience for Pittsburgh music lovers. Also, the choir holds open auditions as a prerequisite for membership in the ensemble.
Bach Choir of Pittsburgh Information
- Public Transportation: Varies by venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue
- Performances/Programs: Three programs per season, with six performances each
- Ticket Prices: Regular tickets $25, seniors $20, students $12.