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Why I Won’t Be Renewing My Bach Festival Contract

Why I Won’t Be Renewing My Bach Festival Contract
Thursday, May 14, 2015 James Walker

After careful discernment over many months, I have decided to not renew my contract as Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Bach Festival for 2015.

The opportunity to revive the Festival in 2014 at All Saints Church was challenging and fast-​paced. In four short months we planned and produced a 3-​concert series with chorus, soloists and orchestra. Bringing Bach’s music to life was a great joy and a resounding success.

Even so, a foundational operating structure is still not in place. That void requires responsibilities of the Artistic Director that are larger in scope than what I can take on for the upcoming season.

It is my hope that the Festival’s board will have the opportunity to re-​group and explore creative ways to move Los Angeles Bach Festival forward. We can all benefit from more Bach in our lives.

A nationally-​recognized conductor and concert organist, James Walker entertains and enlightens audiences throughout the United States, and his solo recitals are broadcast on National Public Radio. Winner of the prestigious Mader National Organ-​Playing Competition in 1986, he is a featured soloist at Bach festivals and regional and national music conventions. Currently James is Director of Music at All Saints Church, Pasadena, California.