The Bachs: A Musical Dynasty

Saturday, August 12 | 7:30 PM

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati OH

The Mainstage series is sponsored by Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee

This concert is included in the Festival Pass and both Flex Pass subscription options

Single Tickets: $30-40 for Adults, $10 for Students, Kids 12 and under free

The Great-Uncle: Johann Bach (1604-1673): Unser Leben ist ein Schatten

The Brother: Johann Christoph Bach (1671-1721): Meine Freundin bist Du schoen
Olivia Knutsen, Soprano

The Master: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Sinfonia in D major, BWV 1045

The Influenced: Zhou Tian (b. 1981): Flute Concerto (CCO Co-Commission)
Mimi Stillman, Flute

“The London Bach”: Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782): Magnificat

The “Sensitive” Bach: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788): Magnificat: Choral excerpts
I. Magnificat
IV. Et misericordia eius
VIII. Gloria Patri

*All works are CCO Premieres

Approximately 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission

Join Summermusik Director Eckart Preu for a pre-concert talk in the Chapel at 6:45pm

Join us as we attempt a deep dive into the genealogy and genetics of the Bach family and explore the question: How much of a composer’s greatness is gained through training versus how much is in their genes? “The Bachs: A Musical Dynasty” presents works by Bach’s great-uncle, Johann Bach; his brother, Johann Christoph Bach; and his sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (child #5) and Johann Christian Bach (child #18). Paired with the music of the Bachs is a Summermusik co-commissioned flute concerto by Grammy-nominated composer Zhou Tian. The concerto was written for soloist and international flute superstar Mimi Stillman, who was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at the age of 12.

Concert Sponsor


Hear Mimi perform before the concert!

Mimi Stillman Sponsor

Collegium Cincinnati Sponsor
The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation

Music Sponsor
Dick & Mary Lu Aft
Christine Neyer
Shane Starkey
Nora Zorich & Thomas Filardo

Christ Church Cathedral Sponsor
Dawn & Doug Bruestle

Reception Partner
Cora’s Cakery

Christ Church Cathedral

318 E 4th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Queen City Square Garage: The Queen City Square parking garage is located directly south of Christ Church Cathedral at 319-331 E 4th St.
  • Metered Street Parking: Metered street parking available on adjacent streets.


Aug 12 2023


7:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral


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