Bach Festival of Peoria

JUNE 2 – 7, 2024

October 2023

Dear Friends of the Peoria Bach Festival,

To all of those who supported us last year, thank you!  We were excited to be in our new home at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  It is a beautiful church and an elegant venue for Bach’s incomparable music.  And the music was grand, aided by our skilled group of musicians.  Now we look forward to the 2024 Peoria Bach Festival which will take place June 2-7.

Our 2024 festival will tentatively feature:

  • Opening Organ Concert by Dr. Polly Brecht (Sunday, June 2, 4:00 pm)
  • Young Musicians Concert (Monday, June 3, 12:05 pm)
  • Community Musicians Concert (Tuesday, June 4, 12:05 pm)
  • Lecture/Demonstration celebrating the 300th anniversary of Bach’s cycle of chorale cantatas (cantatas based entirely on well-known chorales) by Dr. Martin Dicke, co-founder of the Peoria Bach Festival (Wednesday, June 5, 12:05 pm)
  • Concert of Baroque Chamber Music, performed on baroque period instruments (Thursday, June 6, 12:05 pm)
  • Concert of Bach’s music for solo strings (Friday, June 7, 12:05 pm)
  • Festival Concert featuring choir, orchestra, and guest instrumentalists and vocalists (Friday, June 7, 8:00 pm; lecture at 7:15 pm)

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution for the 2024 festival before the end of this tax year, please visit (Donation Portal) or send your contribution to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W. Moss Ave., Peoria IL 61606.   If making an online donation, be sure to select “Peoria Bach Festival” as the fund. If contributing by check, be sure to write “Bach Festival” in the memo line.

The Peoria Bach Festival is a collaborative effort featuring musicians from Central Illinois and the surrounding regions. Not only does it showcase Peoria’s own musicians, but it also seeks to encourage and disciple a new generation of musicians while at the same time attracting national and international talent. Your generous contributions help us keep the daytime concerts free and make the price of the main event – the Friday evening Festival Concert – affordable.

We look forward to celebrating another week of the joyful and exuberant music of Bach and thank you in advance for your continued patronage.

Yours truly,
Dr. John Jost, Executive Director
Peoria Bach Festival