The Mission of the Bach Society of Charleston is to enrich the Charleston community through presentation of exceptionally high-quality, historically informed performances of the finest classical music in the repertoire, with special emphasis on oratorio and choral works, world class-visiting artists, the use of period instruments and the sacred and secular music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries from the Baroque and Early Classical periods. This Mission shall be achieved through presentation of the Bach Festival and other musical events.


Welcome to another season of the Bach Society of Charleston. As the Artistic Director I am thrilled to be able to talk to you about this new organization and its vision.

Following many requests from audience members who attended the last Bach Festival of Charleston in 2013, following my love and passion for the music of Bach and the Baroque period, and together with some dedicated members of the community, the Bach Society of Charleston was born with the vision of offering to the Charleston community and South Carolina, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and of the great and lesser known composers of the Baroque period. I have had the privilege of performing recitals, operas and oratorios, mostly in Europe but also in the States, with great musicians and conductors specializing in the Baroque period. It is not a secret then, that vocal and choral music will be the center point of many of our programs.

Charleston, the Holy City, is a great cultural and historical town with many beautiful churches. When Bach was born in 1685, Charleston was only 22 years old. By the end of Bach’s life in 1750, Charleston was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the colonies. At the time, they probably grew, unaware of each other’s greatness. But surely enough, the music of J.S. Bach, as the culmination of the Baroque period and the point of reference for many composers and musicians that lived after him, has been performed in Charleston on many occasions and venues throughout the years.

Now, the Charleston community will have the opportunity to enjoy on a regular basis the music of J.S Bach, as well as Handel, Schütz, Scarlatti, Purcell, Rameau and many other great Baroque composers, performed by some of the greatest specialists in the field. We would like to offer most of the concerts on period instruments so audiences will be able to enjoy the sound and tone of the instruments that the composer had in mind and at hand during that period.

I am inviting each of you not only to attend our concerts but also to become part of this organization by donating, volunteering or why not, by auditioning. This is a very exciting project that has great possibilities to expand in years to come and to offer many opportunities for the community to get involved. Please join us and help us to achieve our vision.

I just want to finish with a quote of my countryman, cellist Pau Casals

“To strip human nature until its divine attributes are made clear, to inform ordinary activities with spiritual fervor, to give wings of eternity to that which is most ephemeral; to make divine things human and human things divine; such is Bach, the greatest and purest moment in music of all time.”


Ricard Bordas

Artistic Director