Started in 1984 as a series of concerts to commemorate the 300th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, this eponymous Miami organization finds continual inspiration in Baroque music as the perfect artistic means to “the ennobling of the human spirit.” While the group’s roughly four to six-concert seasons focus largely on the music of Bach and that period’s other finest minds (including Couperin, Corelli, Händel, Lully, and Telemann), the Miami Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus also perform repertoire from the Medieval and Renaissance periods; additionally, the Society explores the sometimes overlooked canon of the Baroque music of Latin America.
Enlisting the services of local musicians from nearby universities and other professional performing organizations to bring outstanding music to the South Florida area, the Miami Bach Society also reaches broader national and international audiences through both its International Tropical Baroque Music Festival and the International Cultural Exchange program, which has fostered professional connections and collaborations with Les Festes d’Orphée from Aix-en-Provence and Le Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, among other organizations.
The accessibility to younger concertgoers is a huge plus at Miami Bach Society events—generous discounts are available to college and graduate students ($5 tickets), and concerts are free to students 18 years old and younger.
Miami Bach Society Information
- Public Transportation: Depends on venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue, but generally good
- Performances/Programs: 15–20 performances per year
- Ticket Prices: Each performance is priced individually. Discounts are frequently available for students and seniors
- Membership: Individual membership ranges from $50–$99. Members receive a listing in the concert programs, preferred seating at the regular season concerts, first chance to reserve space at special Society functions, invitations to private events with artists, eligibility to serve on Society committees, and an invitation to Bach’s Brunch, an annual members’ meeting and appreciation party.