April 08, 2016

Bach in Texas: An Intro to Bach Society Houston

Learn all about what we do at Bach Society Houston via our new video.

March 09, 2016

Bach in Schools at KIPP SHARP

This morning (March 9) at 8:00am, we visited KIPP SHARP and presented on the life and music of J.S. Bach! Director Rick Erickson led the discussion, and Baroque violinist Noel Martin, bass-baritone Christopher Besch, and harpsichordist Christopher Holman performed and talked about their instruments. Students were astounded to learn that the Thomaskirche in Leipzig (Bach's main employer) was over 1000 years old, and even more so that over half the choir during Bach's lifetime consisted entirely of people their age.

Interested in hosting or sponsoring a Bach in Schools? They're offered free to any interested primary school. Just email cholman@bachsocietyhouston.org.

March 04, 2016

Memorial Service for Albert LeDoux will be Sunday at 5:00pm

Albert LeDoux, former Bach Society Artistic Director, passed away on February 12 in Puebla, Mexico.

On Sunday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, we will celebrate the life of our former director Albert LeDoux, who led the Bach Society for ten years. We give thanks for Albert's leadership, vision, gentle soul, and artistic achievement. Anyone who wishes to sing in the service, please meet in the church music suite at 3:30 p.m.

A reception will follow in the courtyard.

Albert LeDoux was born on August 10, 1956 in Jennings, Louisiana and was baptized the same month in Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Arthur, Louisiana. Albert was confirmed in May 1968 in the same congregation.

Dr. LeDoux received his undergraduate degree in oboe from Loyola University in New Orleans. He spent fifteen years in Germany as a professional chorister, soloist, and conductor with opera companies in Regensburg, Heidelberg and Dresden, and with numerous choral ensembles in southern Germany. In 1997, he returned to the United States and earned a doctorate in conducting from the University of South Carolina. Further studies have included a fellowship in orchestral conducting at the nationally recognized Conductors’ Institute, opera conducting at its partner program at the Spoleto Festival, and baroque performance practice at Amherst Early Music Festival and the Tafelmusik Institute in Toronto. For two seasons, he was assistant conductor in charge of musical preparation for South Carolina Opera; he also conducted several productions for Opera at USC and led the university’s early music ensemble. In addition to his duties with the Bach Society, Dr. LeDoux was music director for Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston from 2003-2013. He retired in 2013 after ten years of service.

Albert died suddenly at his home in Puebla, Mexico on February 12, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert LeDoux, Sr. and Gertrude Dauterive LeDoux. He is survived by his two sisters, Leonelle (Lee) and Luceia and their families.

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, |
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:28-2

February 25, 2016

Bach Choir Auditions

Bach Society Houston is pleased to announce auditions for the 2016-17 season, to take place on March 11, 11am-1pm, and March 12, 2-4pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church (2353 Rice Boulevard). We employ four to six singers per voice part, and all positions are paid. Singers primarily perform as part of the Bach Choir, from which soloists are then drawn and compensated additionally; singers must be available for near-weekly rehearsals on Tuesday nights, 7:15-9:15pm. The audition will consist of one Baroque-period aria (memorization not required) of your choice and sight reading.

To apply, please send a resume and preferred audition time to cholman@bachsocietyhouston.org, and we'll look forward to hearing you!

Bring with you to the audition:
• Music for yourself
• Music for the accompanist
• Your resume

February 06, 2016

It’s TODAY! Bach in the Court of Weimar opens the 2016 Houston Early Music Festival!

You won't want to miss this one! We're opening the Houston Early Music Festival, and we think YOU should be there! Get your tickets here. They're available at the door too, but be warned: the hall isn't huge, and we've sold over half the tickets already!

February 05, 2016

Bach in the Court of Weimar hits the Chronicle!

We're featured in the Houston Chronicle today! Check out this great article about TOMORROW's concert, and learn more about the Houston Early Music Festival.

February 03, 2016

Bach in the Court of Weimar Preview

Young Bach hits the ground running at age 23 and wows the court with his prodigious talent. A look at this preview video will show you why. Check it out here.

January 27, 2016

Bach in the Court of Weimar in the news

The word is out about Bach in the Court of Weimar! Check out our article in today's Houston Press, and get your tickets today!

December 29, 2015

Thanks for a great 2015!

As New Year’s Eve approaches, we ask you to sustain the work of the Bach Society Houston. Following the generous support of our followers and friends in recent months, we are still well under our financial goal for 2015. We need your help!

Arts organizations receive less than 30% of their income through tickets, and as most of our offerings are free, we're closer to the 10% range. Given these challenges, we ask everyone to join together to support our important offerings like Bach in Schools, Bach Vespers, Chamber Music, and more. With our new director Rick Erickson at the helm, we're revamping the Bach Choir and Orchestra; it's an exciting time to be part of Bach! Tax-deductible gifts can be made here, or by checks dated by December 31, 2015.

We are grateful to all those who have given generously already, and for those who will do so in these last few days.

Your end-of-year gifts make all the difference in our ability to continue and expand our offerings, bringing Bach to Houston and Texas. Thank you for your remarkable support!

September 09, 2015

New Season Begins October 1!

Welcome to a new season of live performances centered around the works of JS Bach in its many forms! This year Bach Society Houston goes “on the road” as the nave at our home venue, Christ the King Lutheran Church, is under construction. We look forward to performing and presenting in beautiful places all around Houston, and invite you to join us. We are grateful to our friends who are welcoming us in various spaces, and hope to find new friends of Bach throughout Houston!

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Holman joins us as Music Associate. Welcome, Chris!

Rick Erickson, Director