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April 4, 2017 | Events

Bach Festival Society of Winter Park

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation recently awarded the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park a $35,000 grant in support of Strategic Planning and Artistic Programming for the 2017 season, pushing the Foundation’s cumulative giving to the Society to over $1 million.  

As one of the Foundation’s early grantees, awarded in 1976, the Bach Festival Society received its initial grant in the amount of $10,000. For over 40 years, The Foundation has made a total of 50 grants and contributions, which have helped underwrite a variety of concerts, brought world-class chamber ensembles and soloists to Winter Park, and supported the purchase of much-needed equipment for the Society. 

“Without the generosity of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, the Bach Festival Society would not be the vibrant musical organization it is today,” says Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. John V. Sinclair. “We are deeply grateful for this gift and the hugely significant landmark it represents. The role this Foundation has played in the encouragement of excellence in both artistic pursuits and sustainability cannot be overstated. Furthermore, we are humbled by their trust in us and inspired by their commitment to improving the quality of life for the people of Central Florida through understanding the cultural impact that great music offers.”

Eric Ravndal III, Chair of the Bach Festival Society Board of Trustees notes, “We are most grateful for this milestone gift from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, which represents their commitment to the culture and quality of life both in Winter Park and the greater Central Florida community as well as to the standard of excellence that the Bach Festival Society’s performances have set throughout its 82-year history.”

David Odahowski, President and CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, commented on the long and trusted relationship with the Bach Festival Society: “Great grant-making is like a great symphony; you can’t do it alone. You need to work with outstanding organizations like the Bach Festival Society who know how to hit all the high notes with the singers, players, audience, and donors.”  

The Bach Festival Society’s 82nd season is underway, with Vive la France, a program of French romantic and impressionist work with both the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra participating in the April 22-23 event. All performances take place at Rollins College.