BachSoc News Archives

Announcing BachSoc's Music Director 2009-10!

Please welcome conductor extraordinaire and former BachSoc oboist Yuga Cohler '11 as BachSoc's next music director! A native of Lexington, MA, Yuga's conducting experience at Harvard has included conducting both the Gilbert and Sullivan players and the Dunster House Opera. He will make his debut with the orchestra at the upcoming concert on Friday, April 24th.

2.3.09 - BachSoc Announces Competition Winners

A hearty congratulations to Alex Bernstein '10, pianist, winner of BachSoc's 2008-09 Concerto Competition, and Matthew Mendez '09, winner of Bachsoc's 2008-09 Composition Competition. Alex will perform Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, and BachSoc will perform Matt's Two Serious Songs at the March Concert.

9.14.08 - Announcing BachSoc 2008-09

A hearty congratulations and warm welcome to all of our new members! Check out the new season roster here.

12.22.07 - BachSoc Composition Competition Winner Announced

Congratulations to Elizabeth Lim '08, whose composition Night Dance Ritual was selected as the 2007-08 BachSoc Composition Competition winner! Lim's piece will be premiered at the next BachSoc concert on Friday, February 29th, 2008.

Also, congratulations to Angelo Mao '10, whose composition Music for Three Poems by Wallace Stevens was awarded Honorable Mention.

10.29.07 - BachSoc Concerto Competition Winner Announced

Congratulations to Charlie Albright '11, piano, winner of the 2007-08 BachSoc Concerto Competition! Charlie will perform the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with BachSoc at our concert on Friday, February 29th, 2008. Also featured on the program is Stravinsky's Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra, Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, and the winning piece of our annual undergraduate Composition Competition.

Also, congratulations to the finalists of this year's competition:

Alexander Bernstein '10, piano - Ravel : Piano Concerto in G Major
Andrew Lowy '09, clarinet - Mozart : Clarinet Concerto in A Major
John Kapusta '09, voice - Ravel : Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Mimi Yu '08, cello - Barber : Cello Concerto, Op. 22

10.22.07 - BachSoc Kicks Off Season Strong


"It was nearly impossible to follow an act as thunder-stealing as Goto’s, but the orchestra’s overall performance was fantastic. The strings and woodwinds complemented each other perfectly as the timpani pounded in the background, building suspense."

- The Harvard Crimson

BachSoc played its first concert of the year to a sell-out audience in Paine Hall on Saturday, October 20th. Recordings from this concert will soon be available in our online store.

09.15.07 - Welcome to our new members!

Auditions for BachSoc took place over the course of Freshman week, and we are extremely excited for all of our new members. This year is sure to be a blast. Thank you so much to everyone who tried out! As a reminder, we will be having mid-year auditions during the January reading period. More information will be posted closer to the date.

While you're at it, check out the profiles of our management team!

08.29.07 - New - Music Player

You can now listen to snippets of BachSoc's past recordings on our new music player. Click here or use the button on the left. You may need to adjust your browser's pop-up settings.

07.28.07 - BachSoc Announces 54th Concert Season

Following an exciting end to last season with Beethoven's 7th, BachSoc will inaugurate the new season with Beethoven's 8th and is very excited to present the Harvard premiere of world-renowned violinist Ryu Goto '10 in a performance of Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1. December's concert marks a return to Sanders Theatre and a very special collaboration with the Harvard University Choir for performances of Bach Cantata No. 140 and Beethoven's Choral FantasyRavel and Stravinsky make up our third program, which features our competition winners.  And finally, we end the season with an ecclectic array of Wagner, Shostakovich, and Brahms, as we are joined by our good friend and colleague, cellist Bong Ihn Koh '08.

For more information about concerts, guest artists, and tickets, visit our performances page. We hope to see you there!

Details about the 2007-08 Concerto and Composition Competitions are also up on the competitions page.

07.18.07 - Alum Named Director of New York Philharmonic

Former BachSoc Music Director Alan Gilbert '89 has been named the next music director of the New York Philharmonic! Gilbert will succeed current director Lorin Maazel in fall of 2009. Since conducting BachSoc in the 1988-98 season, which included a performance with Midori, Gilbert acquired degrees from Curtis and Julliard and has since been a frequent guest conductor for many symphony orchestras all over the world. Since 2000, he has been the chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra. At only 40 years old, Gilbert will become one of the youngest music directors of any major symphony orchestra.

Gilbert lives in Sweden with his wife, Kajsa William-Olsson, a cellist in the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and their two children.


Read more:

For Its Next Music Director, the Philharmonic Turns to Family
New York Times, United States
By DANIEL J. WAKIN The New York Philharmonic reached into its family tree and plucked Alan Gilbert, the 40-year-old son of two Philharmonic musicians, ...

New York Philharmonic Picks Young New Leader
Washington Post, United States
By TIM PAGE The New York Philharmonic, an organization that has been much criticized for its conservatism over the past three decades, is set to shake up ...